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Take Your Dog to Work Week: Tips for a Pawsome Day

A happy collie resting on the floor in an office setting.


Hey there, PawCo family! We’ve got some exciting news – it’s “Take Your Dog to Work Week” and this Friday is the official “Take Your Dog to Work Day”, an event started in 1999 by Pet Sitters International to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions. What could be better than having your furry friend join you at the office? Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-timer, here are some tips and benefits to make this experience tail-waggingly great for everyone involved.

Preparation for Bringing Your Dog to Work

First things first, you need to ensure your dog is ready for the workplace. Consider their temperament and health – are they social and well-behaved around new people and other animals? Make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date and they’re in good health.

Creating a comfortable and safe space for your dog is crucial. Set up a cozy area with their bed or blanket and bring along their favorite toys to keep them entertained. Don’t forget essentials like a water bowl and their favorite food. Dog-proof your workspace by removing hazardous items and securing loose wires – they can be very tempting to chew on! Also, make sure your coworkers aren’t allergic, and check your company’s policy and any guidelines they have for bringing furry buddies to work to ensure a smooth experience for everyone.

Essential Items to Bring

Comfort and care are key. Here are some must-have items to bring along for everyone’s new favorite four-legged colleague:

  • Comfortable bedding: A cozy bed or blanket for your dog to rest on between bouts of play and exploration.
  • Toys and chews: Keep your dog entertained with their favorite toys during times when you need them not to zoom around the office.
  • Feeding needs: Don’t forget to pack their favorite PawCo food for nutritious meals throughout the day.
  • Hygiene essentials: Waste bags, wipes, and a cleaning kit to manage any accidents.
  • Grooming supplies: A brush for pesky tangles, and maybe some wipes to keep them looking fresh if they get into any sticky situations.

Benefits of Having Dogs at Work

Bringing dogs to work isn’t just fun – it can have real benefits for you and your coworkers too! Dogs are great stress busters, helping to lower stress levels and create a more relaxed atmosphere. Imagine having unlimited access to dog snuggles between stressful phone calls and meetings! They also encourage more social interactions and team bonding among colleagues, and regular breaks for walks mean more physical activity for you and your dog, promoting better health. Plus, you can tell your boss that happy employees are productive employees, so having dogs around can boost overall morale and job satisfaction, leading to increased productivity.

Tips for a Successful Day

To ensure a smooth day, introduce your dog to the new environment gradually. A quick tour of the office might help them (and your coworkers!) feel more comfortable. Be mindful of colleagues who may have allergies or fears, and make sure your dog stays in your workspace unless invited elsewhere. Schedule regular breaks for your dog to stretch and relieve itself – a short walk can do wonders for both of you. Remember, your dog will take cues from you, so stay calm and relaxed to help your dog do the same.

Engaging Activities for Dogs at Work

Keep your dog engaged and mentally stimulated in the office with a variety of activities, so that they don’t sneak into the boss’s office during an important business meeting:

  • Interactive toys: Puzzle toys or treat-dispensing toys are great for keeping your dog busy (and not barking during those Zoom calls!)
  • Social time: If other colleagues also bring their dogs, arrange playdates during breaks. New four-legged friends are always a treat! But take care to ensure all dogs are comfortable and well-behaved.
  • Training sessions: Use the time for short training sessions to reinforce good behavior. It’s a great way to bond and keep them occupied!

Don’t Forget Your Dog’s Favorite Food

Here at PawCo, we’ve got just the right plant-based meals to keep your dog satisfied and energized throughout their busy work day. For days and events like these, when convenience is key, InstaBites™ are perfect – they’re shelf-stable, don’t need refrigeration, and are packed with nutrients. Just add warm water and serve! A super simple, fresh, and nutritionally balanced meal to prepare your furry friend at work.


Taking your dog to work can be a fantastic experience filled with joy and benefits. With a little preparation and consideration, you and your furry friend can enjoy a wonderful day and a new adventure together. Don’t forget to pack their favorite PawCo foods to keep them happy and healthy. Share your experiences and photos on social media with us at @pawcofoods – we’d love to see your pups at work!

Happy Take Your Dog to Work Week, everyone!


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