Originally Posted by elisabeth_00117
I always make sure to bring a few things with me to keep him busy; frozen kongs, bully sticks, marrow bone, etc. Things that he can't really "play" with but that will keep him entertained. Quiet things are a must as other people are coming and going and working on things in this lab/office so I don't want him to bother anyone.
While it's a good idea to keep him busy, I would strongly advise against bully sticks in the office at first
If it were me, I'd take him to the groomer so he makes a good impression and smells lovely and clean for the non-dog-people. Bring him in really early so he has time to sniff around the office, maybe an hour before people start showing up and let him get comfortable in his new place and people will start trickling in around him as they come in to work.
When he reaches that moment when you know he's going to let out his bark, distract him with a super delicious treat so he doesn't scare anyone.
If there are people that you suspect are scared of dogs, I'd stay away from any items that may make him look tough, like chain collar, leather leash, bones to chew, etc. I'd distract from that fact that he's a GSD with things like funny clothing, dog shoes, stuffed animal toys, brightly colored leash & collar (you can man him back up when people get to know him
...And to keep him busy, I'd start off with "normal" (to non-dog-people) toys like a kong stuffed with peanut butter... When people are all acclimated to him, THEN break out the stinky dehydrated bull... uhm... thing
Also, have several lint rollers ready to offer people if they suspect a dog hair has landed on them somehow
(You can probably tell by now what kind of office I work in