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Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 06/21/2012

Take Your Dog To Work Day is Friday. Here’s what you need to know.


Some dogs will be lucky enough to join their owners at work on Friday in celebration of Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day. (Linda Davidson - THE WASHINGTON POST)
This guest blog is written Erica Pytlovany, a senior trainer and manager at WOOFS! Dog Training Center and contributor to The APDT Chronicle of the Dog .

Does your dog make sad puppy eyes when you leave for work in the morning?  Pups across the region will get their chance to tag along Friday in celebration of Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day.

Pet Sitters International (PSI) created Take Your Dog to Work Day in 1999 to celebrate dogs as companions and to promote adoptions by showing off the bond between dog and owner.  Participants who register on the official Web site receive an Action Pack of resources that includes suggested workplace ground rules and tips on how to make the event successful for humans and dogs alike.

Some examples of possible concerns and solutions: designate dog-free zones for any employee who would rather not rub elbows with Rover, and ask that dogs arrive freshly bathed in order to reduce possible allergens. 

Any day can be Take Your Dog to Work Day for Layla, a 5-year-old Pomeranian mix belonging to Liza Penalosa, store manager at Dogma Bakery and Boutique in Arlington. 

 “Layla sits in front of the oven waiting for the baked treats to come out,” says Penalosa. She enjoys the companionship that Layla brings, and says that it can also make customers more comfortable in the store.

“Even if you don’t like people,” she says, “you love dogs.”  Penalosa has a second dog, Pita, a 9-year-old Pomeranian, but he doesn’t join her at work.  She says he seems to ask “Why am I here?  Can we go home now?”

So you’d love to bring your dog along and your boss has given the green light?  Hold that thought, says Laura Sharkey, owner and Training Director of WOOFS! Dog Training Center in Arlington. 

 “Before you rush to the office, make sure your dog will enjoy being at work with you. A gregarious, outgoing dog will be most likely to enjoy Take Your Dog to Work Day,” says Sharkey.  “If you discover that your dog is nervous, allow him to meet people slowly, one at a time.”

Sharkey also advises: “Bring lots of treats, especially chewy treats like pig ears, marrow bones, or Bully Sticks in case you need to get some real work done!” But most of all, she says, “have fun!”

Plan to participate? Snap a good photo of your dog in your workplace and you could win $500 cash and $500 for the animal shelter of your choice. And even if your workplace isn’t the right place for Fluffy this year, PSI points out that Take Your Dog To Work Day is still a great opportunity to collect donations for your local animal shelter.  Pass the can, and you might be surprised to discover how many dog lovers you work alongside!

Are you planning to take your dog to work? How are you preparing? Let us know in the comments.

By Erica Pytlovany  |  01:55 PM ET, 06/21/2012

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