Will Work for Treats: Celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day This Friday!

June 20, 2018

a dog looking at a computer screen

There’s a new chief executive paw-ficer in town because Friday, June 22, is Take Your Dog to Work Day! Not only does evidence suggest that pet-friendly businesses have happier and healthier employees, your pooch’s awesomeness may even encourage a colleague to adopt a new pet of their own. What better reason to pup-grade your 9-to-5 with your favorite furry companion?

Before you let your workplace go completely to the dogs, get the okay from your coworkers and contact your vet to make sure your pet is up-to-date with vaccinations. Then read on for a checklist to make the most of Fido’s first day!

Briefcase Essentials

  • Food and water bowls
  • Leash
  • Baby gate—to corner off your dog’s area 
  • Blanket or bed—in case your pup needs a break from the daily grind
  • Toys and treats

* Tip: Don’t forget to break up the day with a few short walks!


Make sure to stash loose electrical cords and wires your pup might want to chew. Also keep potentially toxic food, plants, office materials or cleaning supplies out of paw’s reach. 

Please Keep in Mind

Every dog deserves a chance to be the beloved office pet for a day. But for some dogs, going to work is not a treat; in fact, it is downright devastating. There are thousands of them "at work" right now, crouching in cages and producing litter after litter of puppies to be sold in pet stores or online. This is the kind of job that no dog deserves. 

By participating in Take Your Dog to Work Day, you can inspire others to adopt from shelters or to seek out a responsible breeder. Visit aspca.org/barredfromlove to learn how you can help every dog live the good life.