TYDTWDay – quite possibly the best day of the year!
They greet us every morning, and wait for hours to see us again at the end of the day. But on one wonderful day of the year, your faithful canine companion might be able to join you at work!
Established by Pet Sitters International in 1999, Take Your Dog to Work Day celebrates the joys of canine companionship and encourages non-dog owning employees to consider finding a place in their hearts and homes for dogs in need.
What could be better?
How to help prepare your employer for TYDTWDay
TYDTWDay is a fantastic opportunity for companies and businesses – no matter how small or large – to recognise the role pets play in their employees’ lives and to demonstrate their support for the important cause of animal adoption.
Anyone keen to hold a TYDTWDay is encouraged to broach the idea with their employer or head of human resources.
You might also suggest that the day be used to raise money for animal shelters, such as RSPCA South Australia’s shelter at Lonsdale. If you’re going ahead with a fundraiser for RSPCA, we can send you a special TYDTWDay pack!
Before you register please check the following:
- Check with your office to see if bringing your dog to work is appropriate and allowed. Some work environments may not be appropriate or safe for dogs.
- Check if anyone at your workplace is allergic to dogs, and discuss with them if bringing your dog to work would adversely impact their health.
- Consult with your workplace about associated policies and requirements.
- Ensure your dog is currently healthy so they don’t potentially spread any infections.
- Ensure your dog is identified (including by microchip and that your contact details are up to date on the microchip register) and up to date with their vaccinations.
- Dogs should be socialised with other dogs and people.
- Dogs should be trained using reward-based positive reinforcement.
- Ensure the office environment is safe for pets. Cables, cords and rubbish bins can be hazardous for pets, so ensure dogs in the office can’t access these.
- Supervise your dog and make sure they won’t be able to escape and get lost by accident.
You can find out more about bringing your dog to work here.