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Fitting A Dog Into A Busy Lifestyle

Unless you’re workaholic, have two jobs or spend most of your time out of the country, you should be able to find a way to look after a dog.

Here are a few ways to fit your dog into a busy schedule.

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Take Your Dog To Work

This will depend on company policy, and the type of dog you have. If he’s likely to get over-excited at all those potential new friends in the office, you’ll be spending all your time calling/hauling him off, and apologising to your colleagues!

If your dog is relaxed in company, and if you are lucky enough to work for a dog-friendly company, taking Fido to work can have great benefits. The dog’s social needs will be fulfilled, and there may even be an increase in productivity and a boost in morale in the office. That’s what current research seems to suggest. A dog will also improve your health by giving you an extra excuse to leave your desk and have a break. Hours and hours of uninterrupted desk work has been shown to damage health.

Making Your Office Fit For Dogs

  • First of all make sure none of your work colleagues are allergic to dogs. They won’t appreciate sneezing all day no matter how cute/friendly/productivity-boosting your dog might be.

  • Your office-companion should be fully trained and socialized before he enters the workplace, to avoid all manner of embarrassments. The same rule applies to your dog…

  • Make sure the dog is up to date with all vaccinations.

  • If Fido is a female, and not spayed, it’s best to leave her at home when she’s on heat, to prevent the neighbourhood Lothario hounds baying outside the building or causing chaos in the foyer.

  • Create a specific place in your office for your pet. A smaller dog will be able to nestle under your desk or chair. Others may be happier in a dog crate, with a familiar, cosy bed inside. This is a particularly good idea for nervous dogs, as it will give them a safe place to relax if there is any commotion in the office. The ideal model is the Fido Studio.

  • Companies will generally require your dog to be supervised at all times, so having them wander around the office isn’t an option.

  • It helps if the dog has had a good run before work, as that way he won’t be feeling the urge to stretch his legs as soon as he gets to the office. This doesn’t have to be a half-marathon – 20 minutes with a ball or stick in a garden or field will do the trick.

  • Some dogs are more easily bored than others, so bring in some toys to keep your furry friend occupied.

  • Make sure there is always water available.

  • Building a strong bond will keep the dog stimulated and happy, and it will make him want to please you at all times. He’ll soon realise that being well-behaved and patient at work is all part of the bag of tricks that keeps you, the pack leader, happy!

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