What if a dog barks too much?
Owners need to appreciate boisterous/loud dogs may not be suited for all offices. If a dog barks at someone, the owner should help them become more acquainted with that person in a friendly positive manner, so they don’t become fearful of dogs.
What happens if someone is scared or afraid of pets?
A crucial part of pet ownership is teaching your dog or cat to have good manners in public. Anyone who brings their pets into work should be aware that some people may be unsure or even frightened by unfamiliar dogs and cats. It's important to be respectful of these people, so if a pet makes people frightened, you need to consider whether it is appropriate to bring this pet into work.
How can a workplace make sure everyone’s on board with having pets?
You will need to ensure that everyone can easily communicate their concerns and feel that their voice is able to be heard. This way everyone can work together to create policies and guidelines for bringing pets to work.
How do you introduce dogs to other dogs?
Always do introductions outside the building and walk the dogs in together. This helps to maintain the office as a neutral space for all pets.
How do we stop cats and dogs fighting?
Keep dogs on leads in one area and cats contained in another. This will stop roaming and potential fighting. Any pet likely to pick fights should stay at home.
If a fight occurs, the owners involved need to remove their pet to a neutral space, check for injuries and calm their pet down.
How can I prepare my cat to travel to work?
Car rides can be difficult for cats. You may need to have three steps and get your cat used to each one before it can complete a whole day at work.
1. Get them used to traveling in a crate or travel carrier by putting a treat inside and carrying them throughout the house.
2. Get them used to riding in the car inside their crate or carrier by taking several rides.
3. Bring them to the workplace for short periods of time.
Once they start to feel comfortable with the process, you can try a whole day. If your cat objects to these three steps, they might prefer to stay home and snooze while you work.
When you do bring your cat to work, make sure you bring a litter box, as well as familiar objects (toys, a blanket) with their scent on them. These objects can help put them at ease.
Which areas of the office should be pet-free zones?
We recommend making food preparation spaces, communal eating areas (like the staff kitchen) and the amenities should be pet-free zones. We’d also suggest that if you're going to meetings with others, that it's a good idea to check with everyone else that they are comfortable with your pet being in the meeting room.
How can I prepare my dog to travel to work?
While dogs often enjoy car rides, there are some safety precautions to keep in mind. Make sure your dog doesn’t sit in the front seat. Instead, have your dog ride in the back, ideally in a crate made for traveling or attached to the seat with a dog seat belt, which are available at most pet supply stores. Make sure your dog doesn’t put his head out the car window, as this can be a safety hazard. In case your dog escapes on the way to work, make sure he is wearing a collar and ID tag and is microchipped.
What’s the best way to get a pet ready to come to work?
Socialise them with lots of people and places, keep them calm when approached and teach them not to get over excited and jump up. Also, make sure your pet is well groomed to reduce shedding.
Consider taking your pet to the office during the weekend or after hours to familiarise them with new surroundings without distractions. On the day, make sure they are comfortable and safe in the car.
About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.