Keep your dog–and your coworkers–happy when your pup comes to work.
At Rover, we’re gearing up for Canine Coworkers Day with Lyft this Friday, June 20–and we can’t wait!
We also realize that we’re lucky to be able to bring our dogs along with us to Rover HQ every day. We’ve had a lot of experience when it comes to keeping dogs happy when they’re in the office. If Kenzo’s Rover dog sitter is in a meeting and Kenzo just *has* to go, someone will take him out for a walk around the office building so he can do his business. If Charlie’s water dish needs refilling, someone steps up to the plate.
But we understand not all of you are so lucky to have a menagerie of dogs in your office, day after day. If your company is on board for you to bring your dog into the office for Canine Coworkers Day, take a look at these 7 suggestions for making the day a fun, safe, and happy one–for everyone.
Rover.com’s 7 tips for taking your dog to the office
#1: Two words: Poop bags.
Make sure your dog’s water bowl comes along for the day and is filled. But–keep the water bowl out of your coworkers’ way. You don’t want anyone tripping on a bowl full of water–especially if your office floor isn’t carpeted. And, if your dog is a slobberer, make sure the bowl is on a placemat or a few paper towels; things could get slippery and unsafe.
#3: Trash cans: Put ’em up high!
Don’t let your dog get into the trash cans. If you have smaller trash cans without lids, and they’re low enough for your pup to get into them, move them to higher ground. And if that means putting them on your desk for the day, or in a closet down the hall, so be it.
#4: Food alert!
Make sure to keep your dog away from your cubicle neighbor’s breakfast or lunch, especially if there are grapes or raisins anywhere. Check out our post on the 29 foods to keep away from dogs, and give your co-workers a quick heads-up to help you keep any snacks out of your dog’s mouth.
Email your coworkers to give them a heads-up if your dog has special dietary needs–and if you don’t want them feeding your pup any treats. We don’t want any tummy aches after the work day is through.
#5 Quiet time
Is your dog a barker? Think twice about bringing your dog along, especially if your office space is on the small side. While it’s super fun to have a dog frolicking in the office, it’s not so fun (or professional) to have a dog barking or howling during a conference call.
#6 We call this meeting to order…
Speaking of conference calls, if you’re having a meeting, keep in mind your dog’s attention span is much lower than yours. Your dog is not interested in watching your presentation on last week’s analytics. We can’t say for sure whether your coworkers are, either. 8-) But, no matter what you’re meeting about, make sure to keep an eye on your dog and take a break if needed so he doesn’t get himself–or you–into trouble.
#7 ‘Fess up to any messes
If your dog makes a mess of any sort, get it cleaned up thoroughly, asap.
If you have any tips for office harmony that you’d like to share, feel free to add them to the comments–and be sure to check our Twitter and Instagram feeds this Friday for great photos from the #RoverLyfts event.