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Taking Your Dog to Work
June 15, 2020

June 26 is Take Your Dog To Work Day! Man’s Best Friend has been our coworker in some fields for a very long time. In addition to being a guide dog and service dog, Fido has helped us guard and herd cattle, hunt and track game, and rescue lost people. He’s also served with law enforcement and the military! But is your pet ready to accompany you to your job? A local Gresham, OR vet offers some tips on this below.

Getting Permission

Hopefully this goes without saying, but be sure to check with your boss and your co-workers before bringing your pooch in to work. Of course whether bringing your canine pal to work is even feasible depends on the industry you work in. Fido may be more than welcome in a quiet shop or office. A factory or construction site? Not so much.

Fido’s Application

Consider your canine companion’s personality, as well as your work environment. If your pup isn’t fully trained yet, it’s best to let Fido work from home. Needless to say, dogs that are fearful, loud, or aggressive aren’t going to be good candidates.

Be Prepared

Before bringing Fido in to work, tire him out with a long walk and a fun play session. Your pet will be much calmer—and better behaved—after a vigorous workout!


Fido doesn’t need a diploma to start work. However, he should be microchipped, fixed, wearing ID tags, and current on vaccines and parasite control.


Give Fido a bath before his first day. He’ll make a much better impression if he’s clean and well-groomed! Putting a cute tie on him may help him score extra ear scritches.


Make sure that you can adjust your schedule to walk Fido as needed. If you have time off coming, this may be a good time to take a half day!


Do your coworkers sometimes eat at their desks? Make sure Fido sticks close by you around lunchtime, and doesn’t try begging John the accountant to share his sandwich. That could get your furry pal fired very quickly!

Backup Plan

It’s not a bad idea to have a backup plan in place. If possible, have someone ready to pick Fido up if he gets fired!

Please contact us, your Gresham, OR vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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