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Taking your dog to work? There's pooch etiquette to follow

Friday is Take your Dog to Work Day, but there are a few rules you need to pay heed to first

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This Friday is the 15th anniversary of Take Your Dog to Work Day. That means, in some canine-friendly workplaces, pooches will be prowling.

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A study from the International Journal of Workplace Health Management found that allowing pets in the workplace can increase productivity, boost employee morale and increase sales.

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According to a recent survey by Leger Marketing, 36 per cent of Canadians own a dog.
And although your canine friend might not need a suit and tie to join you at work, here are some petiquette tips from Randy Valpy, president of pet owner community and pet insurance firm Pet Plus Us, to ensure you and your pooch have a great day at work:

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Bring only pet-friendly and people-friendly dogs:

Nobody likes an office boor, even if it’s on four legs. Many owners mistakenly think their dog behaves beautifully. Before meeting a new person make sure your dog sits and waits to be greeted.

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Learn the loose leash technique:

Nervous owners make for nervous dogs. When meeting another dog for the first time, make sure the leash is slack.

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Bring your own food, treats and toys:

Remember, you still want to get work done. Help keep your dog occupied by having a few of your dog’s favourite things on hand.

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Respect your dog’s routine:

Before bringing your dog into the office take your pooch for a nice long walk and give her a bite to eat.

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You may have to fire your dog:

Not all dogs are ready to be taken to work. If your dog cannot behave himself, it’s time to send him home.

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