Puppy adoption soared due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dogs and their owners have experienced extended quality time the last year, and leaving them to go back to the workplace can be difficult. Many employers are beginning to consider letting pets assist their owners at the office, but getting your furry friend acclimated to the workplace can be a challenge in of its own.
1. Housetrain your pup.
Most dogs are typically potty-trained by their owners as a puppy, but if they have not yet reached that stage then it is important to make sure you and your pet are confident in housetraining before you decide to bring them into the office.
Don’t know where to start? Check out our Foolproof Guide to Housebreaking New Puppies.
It is also important to give your dog regular walks outside of the office – they need a bathroom break too! Be considerate of your coworkers and carry around a waste bag dispenser to clean up. Our Earth Rated-Waste Bag Dispenser can be sized to fit any leash.
2. Pet proof your office.
If an accident does happen while your pup is in the office – that is OK! Having pet-friendly cleaning supplies on hand is essential.
Dogs also love to chew, so it is important to keep your office floor clear and free of any cords or potentially chewable items. Keeping your desk clear of highlighters, pens, and any other toxic materials can keep your pup safe from consuming anything they shouldn’t be having.
We also recommend using a dog pen or gate to keep your dog from wandering off.
3. Give them their own space
The office can be a stressful environment for dogs, so creating a corner where they can relax is highly recommended. A comfortable dog bed in a private space, like under your desk, can give your pet their own personal space to unwind.
You should also keep your pet occupied with something they enjoy so they do not get too hyper and disturb you or your coworkers. Keeping a basket of their favorite toys and bones can keep your pup stimulated for hours in the workplace.
Have dog treats or food on hand in the office too – keeping your pup full can also help with hyperactivity. These Heavenly Hounds Relaxation Treats are perfect for any hyper hounds.
4. Separation training
You will not always be in your office, and your pup might not be able to come along with you wherever you go. Just like at home, you want your dog to be comfortable in the office and practice separation training to develop independence.
Interested in learning separation anxiety training? Dana Rebaza’s upcoming HFU webinar on Separation Anxiety in Dogs: How to Get Your pet Ready for More Alone Time can give you valuable tips on how to start preparing your pet for more alone time.