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Take Your Dog to Work Day: How Will You Celebrate?

For many of us, our puppies are part of the family. We celebrate them and their unconditional love every single day of the year. But did you know that there’s actually a Take Your Dog to Work Day? It’s coming up this week on June 21st. Before you invite your dog to work, though, there are some important things you should know:

The Celebration Day was Created in 1999

Created by Pet Sitters International (PSI), the holiday was first begun as a way to celebrate companion dogs and introduce non-pet owners to the joys of furry friends. It has been celebrated for the last 20 years, every year, on the Friday after Father’s Day. In its first year, about 300 businesses were on board. Since then, it has grown, but PSI doesn’t take any formal measurement of participation.

Most Workplaces Don’t Celebrate the Day

For a variety of reasons most businesses don’t allow their employees to bring dogs to work—even on the holiday. There may be issues around sanitation or liability insurance. Some people are allergic. If your employer doesn’t celebrate the day, you have some options:

Check in With Your HR Department

Maybe your employer doesn’t celebrate the day just because it’s never occurred to anyone. Find out! If you get a positive response, you’ll want to volunteer to help iron out the details. Dogs will need to be up to date on shots and vaccinations and they’ll need to have a people-friendly temperament. Does yours?

Opt for Plan B

If you can’t celebrate the day, maybe you can plan a lunch that’s friendly to dogs, their owners, and people who want to get to know them both. Or how about an after-work outing? A group walk is healthy for you and your pets. But if neither of those options work, you can always postpone the celebration and let your dog help you while you work around your home. Even if your pooch is of genius-level pedigree, he likely won’t know you’ve pushed off the celebration to the weekend.

What About a Plan C?

Have you ever had the opportunity to work from home? Some companies allow that once in a while or for some employees, it’s every day. That means you can bring your dog to work whenever you want. But on Bring Your Dog to Work Day, you’ll want to make sure that s/he is in your video conference or pictured on your screensaver. After all, what would you do without them?

You love your dog, right? But did you ever think about working with animals for a living? As a Veterinary Assistant, you wouldn’t need to bring your own dog to work any day because you’d be surrounded by your furry friends every day. At Charter College, we offer a Veterinary Assistant Program that you could complete in as little as 10 months. It even includes a 180-hour externship so you’ll get experience before you set out to look for a job in your new career. Fill out the form now and we’ll help you explore this interesting career option.