Take Your Dog To Work Day was first started by the Pet Sitters International (PSI) to celebrate the companionship between human beings and dogs. The day is basically celebrated to encourage U.S. employees to introduce their dog to coworkers in their workplace. The Day also celebrates the adoptions of dogs by their masters from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies. Also, abbreviated as TYDTWD it was first held on June 24th 1996 in the United Kingdom and in 1999 it was held for the first time in the United States of America.
The Day is celebrated throughout the USA by encouraging the pet owners to bring their canines to the office premises. There are particular guidelines laid down by the office authorities about the dos and the don’ts inside the premises. The day can be celebrated by promoting dog adoption through rescue; organizations like the Adopt-a-Pet or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are always in need of support.
This year it will be the 17th annual celebration of the TYDTWD which will be held on Friday 26th June 2015. The free Action Pack 2015 can be downloaded from the website. Some of the big companies like the Proctor and Gamble, Amazon, Google allow their employees to bring pets not only on this day but everyday to their work premises. Workers in the vicinity of their pets are said to be much calmer and stress free and hence they become more productive. According to the National Institute of Health, studies have found that bringing a canine friend along can also improve cardiovascular health and increased physical activity.
There are certain activities that are to be taken care of in the office premises by the dog owners. The owners, if possible, should hand out memos to the other employees and clearly define the areas where their canine friends are allowed. Some of the employees may be allergic to dogs which must be taken care of by the owners. The dog should be exercised before bringing it to the office and also before its meal. Proper hygiene and sanitation needs must be maintained by the respective dog owners.