Three tips to help you bring pets to work
When you start a Pets at Work programme, it's important to make sure everyone is on board when it comes to roles and responsibilities. Here’s some advice from us and other pet friendly workplaces to help keep things running smoothly.
Think about your colleagues
- Make sure any pet you may bring into your office is well-trained and relaxed around new people and other pets.
- Before bringing pets into work, ask everyone if they have allergies or any other concerns that could lead to a pet hindering their day.
- Before going into a lift with other people, always ask if your pet is welcome.
- Be aware of any pet-free areas at work, such as toilets, kitchens, fitness centres, day-care areas and meeting spaces.
- Make sure you’re not too busy with meetings on the days you bring your pet in – they shouldn’t be left unattended for long.
- Volunteer to help others. For example, if someone goes to a meeting, you can keep an eye on their dog.
Be considerate to your pet
- Introduce your pet to your workplace on a day when the office is less busy, or over the weekend.
- Consistency is key, so make sure you take the time to show your colleagues your training methods.
- Keep an eye on how many treats you’re giving pets. Too many snacks can lead to weight gain and other health problems. Have some healthy pet snacks around, but never give them your scraps.
- If children come into your workplace, show them how to play with pets gently.
- If you see pets clashing, help to break it up and make sure both are OK. When introducing new dogs to the ‘work pack’, make your introductions outside the building. Then walk the dogs in together to ease any territorial issues.
Help maintain a clean, healthy work space
- If your pet has an accident, inside or outside the building, pick it up. Then let the right people know so the area can be sanitised effectively.
- If your pet is feeling sick, it’s best to leave them at home.
- Always keep some plastic bags with you - it makes cleaning up after your pet a lot easier. It’s best to stick to the same feeding and outdoor break schedule.
- We recommend that your dog should always be on a lead when walking through the building - cats can be carried.
- Make sure that dustbins/bins are covered to keep pets safe and out of trouble.
- Keep your paperwork handy.
- Have your authorisation form signed before bringing your pets to work.
- Bring your pet’s proof of vaccinations with you.
- Have the number and address of your vet and emergency clinic.
- Keep a list of any medicine your pet may be taking.