Take Your Pet to Work Week®Updated: July 12, 2022
"The chance of being able to introduce your pet/s to your coworkers is a great way to be able to reintroduce a certain animal to them and a great way, too, to educate and raise awareness about the animal's best pet traits."
Take your pet to work week®
The entire week leading up to Take Your Dog To Work Day® is Take Your Pet To Work Week®.
This year this is from June 17-21.
If your company agrees to observe this holiday, then it's finally a chance to show off your pets to your fellow office mates.
But aside from showing your coworkers your beautiful pet, here are more reasons on why Take Your Pet To Work Week® is a great work week.
Why take your pet to work week® is a great work week
It celebrates pets. Most people love pets and they are willing to talk about them any time of the week. The chance of being able to introduce your pet/s to your coworkers is a great way to be able to reintroduce a certain animal to them and a great way, too, to educate and raise awareness about the animal's best pet traits.
It makes work less stressful...even just for a week. Flashback to when we were younger, we were so eager to go to school because we knew something new was going to take place. Adding a little bit of change in the daily routine of your office this TYPTWW® can do exactly the same thing - it makes people excited to get up and go to work because this time, they are able to bring their pets!
It's for all kinds of pets. Whatever pet you have, you are welcome to participate. Because Take Your Pet to Work Week® is not just for pets like cats and dogs. If you have a parrot , a pot-bellied pig, a snake, a goldfish, then go ahead, bring them to work. You just have to make sure that your pet doesn't get aggressive when around new animals and new people to avoid possible incidents.
Things to keep in mind when bringing your pet/s at work
If your pet/s will be participating during the Take Your Pet to Work Week® , here are a few things you should take into consideration:
Ask for permission first. Yes, it may be Take Your Pet to Work Week® but that doesn't instantly mean your office/company will be giving you the green light. Ask first and if they say yes, ask everyone if they are okay with you bringing a certain pet. There may be people in your office that are allergic to dogs, cats or are afraid of certain animals. Be considerate.
And if this becomes the reason of you not being able to bring your pet at work, you can still celebrate, too, by posting a huge image of your pet at your work table.
Come up with a schedule with your coworkers who are also participating. If your company is participating, plan ahead for who will be bringing their pet in on a particular day to avoid accidents. For example, all who have pet dogs will bring their dogs on Monday and Wednesday, all who have cats will bring their pets on Tuesday and Thursday and all those who have other kinds of pets (birds, fish, hamsters, etc) will bring their pets on Friday. This way, you will be able to lessen your pets' anxiety and insecurity in a new place with new people and new animals. This will also prevent them from becoming aggressive as some dogs are sensitive to seeing cats and vice versa.
Keep your pet/s happy and comfortable. We get it, you are excited to leave the house and go to work immediately but don't leave home without the necessary things your pets needs to have a comfortable and stress-free day. Bring whatever you think is necessary for your pet - food, water, chew toy, crate, bed.
Do not force your coworker to interact with your pet. Respect your coworkers' decisions if they do not want to mingle with your pet or if they want to stay away from the animals in the office.
Know your purpose. Know why your are participating. Is it because you just want to show off your pets? Or is it because you want to highlight how a wonderful companion an animal can become with their characters and traits that are not yet fully known to people. It's also better if your office agrees to invite a local pet rescue or an animal shelter visit and introduce pets that are available for adoption. Who knows? Your coworker may have found the love of her life in one of those shelter cages.
Have a stress strategy. It is not a remote possibility that your pet will be stressed out with the new environment, new people, new animals and a sudden change of his daily routine. If your pet begins to show signs of stress, you should be able to know what to do to avoid causing stress in your coworkers, too. Prepare those pet diapers and belly bands, enclosures/crates, chew toys and calming treats to help them keep calm. It's best if you give your pet calming and relaxation supplements before the big week ahead. If while still at home your pet decide he's not interested in going to work with you, do not force him to. It will only stress him out of you do so.
Take Your Pet to Work Week® is a great week especially if both you and your pet/s are enjoying it. Remember that the purpose of the week will require you to be ready to show other people how great of a companion your pet can be.
"It's best if you give your pet calming and relaxation supplements before the big week ahead."
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