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Assimilating Dogs Into the Corporate World

Kailynn Bowling
Kailynn Bowling
Co-Founder at ChicExecs PR & Retail Strategy Firm

Try these tips and tricks when bringing your dog to work.

Various studies have showcased the advantages of bringing pets into the corporate setting, the first one being that they add positivity to the workplace.

Dogs in the corporate world used to be regarded as a far-fetched, and sometimes an outrageous idea – you can just imagine the bosses shaking their heads at the idea of letting pets into the office. Pets used to be considered a nuisance. The pet's daily routine consisted of home activities and outside play, but in no part of the schedule were they involved in their owner's corporate life.

However, more and more companies have become amenable to welcoming dogs in the workplace. Various studies have showcased the advantages of bringing pets into the corporate setting, the first one being that they add positivity to an office. Dogs are fun and entertaining, and they could become potential assets to your company. Studies show that dogs promote a healthier work lifestyle due to adequate balance in work and play. They also increase job satisfaction, encouraging employees to stay longer in the company.

This concept is still a work in progress, especially since there are so many things to consider before you can bring your dog to your workplace. For example, they need to be properly trained so they can adapt to the new environment faster, plus you need to ensure that co-workers are receptive to having a dog in the office. 

Consider the pet's attitude

People are biased and sensitive when their pets are involved. When a pet misbehaves, there is a tendency to be lenient, which should not be the case. If you find that your dog is not suited to the corporate setting, or if they are not prepared to handle the stress of the workplace, then do not bring them.

You can help your dog acclimate to the workplace by working with a professional dog trainer to correct any unwanted behavior. Companies such as ProTrain offer a personalized dog training plan that could be very beneficial for your dog and for you.

Is behavior modification necessary?

This is a question that you need to answer before bringing your dog to the office. If your pet is old enough but still has attention-seeking habits or behavioral problems, then it might be time to hire an expert in behavior modification for dogs.

Bring the essentials

When your dog has been prepared physically and emotionally for a visit to the workplace, put together a doggie bag that contains their must-haves for when you bring them to the workplace. Make sure to bring everything that they may need; it's always good to be overprepared. Some of the essentials in your doggie bag include chew toys, treats, food and a dog bed. Performing the same caretaking rituals in the workplace as in their home life is critical in assimilating your pet to the workplace.

The bottom line

No dog is ever too old to be trained so they can finally experience your other world – the workplace. The corporate life is a stressful and demanding environment, but your pet would find reasons to like it if you help them build confidence and develop correct behavior. More importantly, bringing them in the office benefits you and coworkers, too – a win-win situation for everyone.

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Kailynn Bowling
Kailynn Bowling
business.com Member
Kailynn Bowling is a proud mother, wife, and Co-Founder/Co-President of ChicBlvd Inc. which founded and owns three divisions – ChicBlvd Magazine, ChicExecs PR & Retail Strategy Firm and Fashion Audio LLC. After graduating with honors from high school and attending Mt. San Antonio College, she went into finance with the largest mortgage company in the United States. From loan processor she made her way into a corporate executive position. Kailynn’s personable and compassionate nature led her to focus on working with the government and media sources, making low-income housing affordable to families in need, setting up a new program which was the first of its kind in Texas. After the tragedy of September 11th, Kailynn made up her mind to pursue her passions in marketing, PR, fashion and product design while she had the chance. Her first foray into entrepreneurship was with her own chic shop where she peddled her fashions while marketing the products in various ways to set up brand awareness. Her unique marketing and PR ideas spurred future ventures and successful product launches. Kailynn became known as the go-to girl for fresh fashion must-haves.