Take Your Dog to Work Day

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Take your Dog to Work Day

Our assistant manager Meghan writes beautifully about the importance and benefits of National Take Your Dog to Work Day. Enjoy. 

 In my prior life, working at a Country Club as a golf instructor, day-to-day duties were very proper and rule-oriented. It was “Yes Ma’am” or “My pleasure Mr. So and So”. Although the environment was strict, the property was beautiful with lush green grass, snowcapped mountains in the background and blooming flowers surrounding the clubhouse. It was a wonderful place to call an office.

The club was a perfect place for our mascot, Izzy, a high-energy beagle, who came to work every day with her owner, the golf course superintendent. She would run around from dawn until dusk, chasing geese and squirrels, asking for attention from passing golfers, or loyally sit in the passenger’s seat of her golf cart. Whenever she came racing around the corner, everyone suddenly smiled and you could visibly see any signs of stress escape. Even the most stiff, older gentleman couldn’t help but crack a grin when she popped out of the flower bed. She was so cute, you couldn’t help but have a soft spot for this furry little girl. Even in this affluent environment she was welcomed with open arms.

A funny thought crossed my mind; what if everyone could bring their dog to work? Would the office or work environment be a more pleasant place? This, in fact, has been proven and implemented in 1 in 5 companies across the US! Companies such as Google, Etsy, Amazon and many more have introduced pets into the workplace culture.

In 1999, Pet Sitters International introduced Take Your Dog To Work Day to the United States. This holiday was brought from the UK to promote rescue and adoption for dogs in need. Their goal is to show co-workers the strong bond between human and dog and hopefully encourage them to adopt. Plus pups have the ability to lift our spirits, help reduce stress, and increase productivity.

Friday, June 24th marks Take Your Dog To Work Day in 2016! Seeing a smiling pup below your feet and wagging its tail has become the latest wellness trend throughout workplaces in the states.

Before taking part in this fun holiday, be sure to receive management approval as they may have a pet policy in place with legal logistics. If your office has never participated, give them the list of benefits and guide them to the Pet Sitter International website for more information.

Although it is an out of the ordinary day, be prepared when enjoying your pooch’s company at work.

  • Bathroom breaks (explaining business left under the desk of a co-worker is not one of my favorite things to do)!
  • Check with your neighbors to make sure no one has allergies. If they do, see if you can work in a different part of the office for the day. Safety and respect first!
  • Provide plenty of treats and water for your pup to enjoy.
  • Your pet will attract pup lovers, so let them come to you for a visit.
  • Be careful of over stimulation. Being around more people than usual and in a new environment can be overwhelming for pets. If you notice excess panting, give your dog a break with a longer walk.
  • If your dog displays aggressive behavior, it may be best to avoid a workplace catastrophe.
  • Stay focused! This is a treat to have your furry family member at work, show your boss it was worth it.

Who knows – maybe one day it could become an everyday affair in the office. Leading to more happiness and creativity among co-workers or perhaps getting your team involved with local shelters, volunteer work or company donations.

Lucky for me, in my current life working for Equipaws Pet Services, I get my dose of free stress relievers every day. After a morning of daily odds and ends, client requests, and budgeting I look forward to the break of my daily dog walks or pet sits with a cuddly kitten. A few pets, fresh air, and accidental face licks is enough to wash your worries away. I would highly recommend participating or encouraging Take Your Dog to Work Day as I experience it daily and it has created more value in my day than I could’ve imagined.  


Tips on introducing new dogs to one another

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Tips on introducing new dogs to one another.

This month’s Trainer’s Corner spotlights introducing new dogs to one another. This is perfect for a few of you who have adopted new pups into a family already consisting of canine companions.

Many of you already know of Dee Hoult, Miami’s Doggy Deeva and owner of Applause Your Paws, one of the premiere dog training companies in South Florida. We refer many of our clients to her capable trainers and also take care of some of their special dogs. It’s with great pleasure that we share an exclusive Applause Your Paws Trainer’s Corner in our monthly newsletter and blog posts for Equipaws Pet Services clients.

Q. How should I introduce my new dog to my family’s current dog without causing problems?

A. When trying to have two new dogs meet for the first time it’s best to do it on neutral ground. Many dogs will be inclined to be territorial towards a new dog coming into their space. Choose a nice open location where the dogs won’t feel cornered, like a park. Have both on leash and if unsure how the meeting will go start by walking them together but with enough distance that they won’t be able to interact. After they have gotten some energy out, try the greeting. Always keeping in mind that part of a proper and polite dog greeting is when they sniff each others rear ends.

If you are ever uncomfortable with having two dogs meet then have a certified trainer help you introduce the dogs. It’s always better to delay a meeting to make sure it’s done correctly than to have the dog’s create a bad first impression of each other. Remember you never get a second chance to make a good first impression and neither will your dog!

Follow these tips whenever you’re thinking of adopting a new pet into your family. Many thanks to Dee again for her insight!


Is Your Pet Prepared for for Hurricane Season?


Prepare your pets for hurricane season

June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season for the coastal states. The media does an excellent job covering any sign of a tropical storm or hurricane from the very first rain drop. As Floridians we are knowledgeable on how to prepare and take action if we have a power outage, survive without running water or in the worst case forced to evacuate.

But what about your furry family members? Are you prepared to care for your dog, cat or small critters for a few days or even weeks if a storm pummels through your town? What will you do if you have to evacuate and leave your pet behind? If you haven’t thought of a plan for them, now is the time!

Rule of thumb for hurricane preparedness (for humans):

  • Know evacuation routes
  • Understand your building codes (can it withstand hurricanes, strength of windows, storm shutters?)
  • Stock up on non-perishable foods (canned & dry goods, bottled water)
  • Batteries and flashlights
  • Disaster kit including first aid kit, tools and various supplies

Now that you are prepared, have the same list available for your pet.

  • Have a place your pet can go if evacuation is necessary
  • Properly identify your pet. Update all microchip information, collar tags, and any other identification.
  • Provide dry or canned food and a water supply to last for at least a week.
  • Create a disaster kit specifically for your pet. Include first aid, any necessary medications, travel gear and waste clean up (paper towels, newspapers, cleaning and grooming supplies). The Human Society provide great ideas for a Pet Disaster kit. 
  • Have written documents on your pet’s routine, behaviors, habits or special conditions. If you aren’t able to get back to your pet, someone will be able to give them the proper care.
  • Check out our previous post on our hurricane evacuation guide

In addition, living in a condo versus a standalone home can make a big difference for you and your pet. Typically mid and high rises are made to withstand gale force winds, rain, and flooding. Contact your Home Owners Association or Landlord to check the safety of the building. Staying put would be a safe option if encountering a low grade hurricane or storm, whereas Miami homes in certain areas are at more risk for severe flooding with the low water table.

That being said, be prepared to evacuate with or without Fido or Whiskers. Contact your vet or local boarding facilities and ask specific questions. Most vets or businesses in the area will have a hurricane procedure in place.

  • Do they board cats or dogs?
  • Does your pet have to be a patient before being kept at the facility?
  • How far in advance do you need to reserve a space for your pet?
  • What do you need to provide? Supplies (food, water, quantities?)
  • How much will the service cost?

Following this list will give you a head start and keep you and your furry family members safe. The best news is you can prepare NOW! Do your research and you or your pets won’t be caught off guard this hurricane season. If you are evacuating or staying put through the storm, know the best option for you and your pet.