Take Your Dog to Work Day

June 21st is Take Your Dog To Work Day! This is a fun way to honor our canine companions and their close bond with us. Dogs have been our friends and coworkers for thousands of years. For most of that time, dogs went to work with us, accompanying us as we hunted, fished, herded livestock, and/or worked on farms. Nowadays, most dogs stay home while their owners go to work. Hence, this adorable doggy holiday! Read on as a Forest Hill, MD vet offers some advice on taking Fido to work.

Doggy Job Hunting

Fido isn’t going to be the best fit for every workplace. If you work in a bank, restaurant, or hospital, chances are, your pooch may not be right for your job. Check with your boss and your coworkers or employees before taking your dog in.

Fido’s Application

Make sure your dog is microchipped, wearing ID, and current on vaccinations and parasite control. Fido should also obey basic commands, like Sit, Stay, Lay Down, and Don’t Eat That. Consider your pet’s personality as well. Quiet, friendly dogs will likely get the best reception. If Fido is loud, aggressive, or hyperactive, he may be better off staying home.

Getting Ready

Before taking Fido to work, you’ll need to pack a bag for him. Your pup will need a bed, toys, treats, dishes, and waste baggies. We also recommend giving him a bath and trimming his claws. That way, he’ll be putting his best paw forward! For extra smiles, clip a doggy bow tie to his collar.

The Big Day

Take your pooch for a long walk before work, and then indulge him with a vigorous play session. That way, he’ll have burned off his excess energy before he starts his workday. Once you get to work, set your dog up at your station, and keep him with you throughout the day. Fido may get fired pretty quickly if he begs for your boss’ lunch or eats the office trash!


You’ll need to take your dog out several times during the day. Make sure that this won’t inconvenience your coworkers. It’s also a good idea to have someone on standby, ready to pick Fido up early if needed.

Please feel free to contact us, your Forest Hill, MD vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re happy to help!

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