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so i recently started work at an office where i was told by my boss that my dog would be welcome to come in with me.

one part of me is SO excited at the idea of bringing my dog with me, and the other is thinking it'll be a disaster.

facts: i have my own private office away from the cubicles, my boss is aware that it is a 5 month huge shepherd puppy and not a purse puppy, my dog is well behaved and non-destructive, albeit a little excited when meeting new people. and most importantly: i have someone who lives within 5 minutes who would be able to pick him up and watch him until my shift ends should things go awry.

my only real fear is that sometimes, before actually being close enough to people to be pet, he'll let off one bark. it's definitely not a vicious bark, and it's always only one. but even though he's a puppy, he's a ~big scary german shepherd~ :smirk:, and this usually intimidates people. i don't know if this would be the case with my co-workers though, as a lady there brought in her pit today for a short while and everybody seemed okay with that.

have any of you brought your dog to the office before? how did your experience go?
 

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I don't have any experience - but is your pup crate trained? If he is comfortable in the crate, and you have room - why not set it up in the office and just have whoever comes in toss him a few treats for the first little while (you could keep a basket available by the door or on your desk) - until he's more sure of himself in this new atmosphere?

Also, I AM SOOO JEALOUS!!!!
 

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I'm a graduate student so no "office" per say, but I do bring my dog on campus and into our labs from time to time.

He is always on leash, either tethered to me or on his bed (a mat on the floor next to me) and I always have him in my sights/leash close enough to grab if needed.

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.

If you have a private office, I would suggest getting a crate set up in there as well as a babygate or excerise pen to block him in your office.

Quiet, mind stimulating toys are great.

You are VERY lucky to be able to bring your little one to work, I hope to one day find a workplace like that (not likely in Ontario,Canada).

I wouldn't think that one bark would be bothersome, especially if the workplace is dog friendly. It will allow you to work on this behaviour and it might even help it. I think introducing him to everyone willing and walking him around outside your office on a leash giving him tones of treats would be a good way to go too.

I still get people who are intimidated of Stark (21 months, so not really a puppy anymore) but I just keep him away from them.
 

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he is crate trained so that's definitely a possibility. i'm not sure how big my office is going to be since i'm getting it on monday, but judging by the ones i've seen so far (i've seriously only worked there 3 days, i don't know why i'm already getting my own office) there should be enough room.

the only other thing i'm worried about is for when i have to run out to make the occasional fax or something that he might bark or something. i don't know. he's normally not very vocal, and he really is well behaved, i just am so nervous since this is such an awesome opportunity.

and i KNOOOW. i feel so lucky. the only offices i've really ever heard of doing this are creative art types, like graphic design and such, where there's few actual employees and/or clients in the office. i'm just a telemarketer (i knoow, i know, yes i'm one of those awful people who bug you during dinner about stupid crap you don't want...but being a full time college student it's beating the **** out of mcdonalds and paying a lot more too)
 

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What about taking it slow... have him come for 20 mins at first (have someone pick him up and bring him home.

Next time, 30mins, and so on and so on..

Is there a possibility you can go in before work starts to work on crate training him in the office? After work?

Crate him and then leave the room for a second and work your way up to a few minutes, etc.. ? Praise and treats when he is quiet.
 

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I've taken various dogs to various workplaces with me and never had a problem. I've never used a crate but my dogs are place trained and the place is whatever I put down on the floor for them (usually a towel or blanket or small bed). If the dog is the hyper variety (like Rafi) then I bring quiet toys and/or something to chew on.

If it were me I would wait to take your dog to the office until you train him not to do that excited bark and teach him any other manners you'd like to have him have in the office setting. That should be easy to do if you take him different places (friends' houses, etc.) and ask for those behaviors at those places.

When you do bring into the office be sure to bring lots of yummy treats! I would also take him there for short periods initially so that he gets comfortable and used to the space.

And finally, I would take him for a very long walk every morning before you take him to work and then another shorter walk at lunchtime. That's what I've done with my dogs and it has worked great.

Good luck!
 

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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 :rofl:
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 :D
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 :help:)
 

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I used to work at a boatyard and they were totally cool with me taking my dog to work with me. I worked in the yard supply office where the guys would come to get bottom paint, tools, etc so Pyrate had a great time. I had an outside opening to my office so he could be on his 30' lead and go out and come back without me having to worry about him getting in the way of the travel lift. The boat yard owners had two labs to play with. After I got laid off I was worried how he would feel about being left at home, but then I got this great job I can do from home. I only have to go the office on Fridays. It's been great because I was able to get Raina and get her through the puppy stage easily at home. Now when I go to the office on Fridays I can take one of them with me if I want to. I have a folding crate I can take in. If it's busy I leave them home but really miss them. It's great to work at home. If it's a nice day I can take a break and play with my two furry kids. I have no real schedule except that things have to be done by a certain time so I can start late or early or work late if I want to. I love it. :)
 

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Strongly second the lint roller idea. It also helps to have a bottle of Febreeze or something like that for the people who might not like that "dog smell". Most of us never notice it and wouldn't complain if we did.

A couple of years before I retired, our sheriff's office moved into a brand new Law Enforcement Center. The squad room was about 1/2 of the floor and was a cubicle land. We sergeants had offices along one wall.
There were about 100 deputies in that room, sharing cubicles and some of them didn't like dogs so all of us K9 guys always made sure to have everything we figured we would need.

Lint rollers (we used the tear off tape ones), some kind of odor spray. We used Febreeze pet odor strength (mostly for show) and wet wipes for everything else. Try and think of anything you might need and try and have it so if something does happen, you can take care of it. (We used a lot tape for the rollers, but we wear brown polyester pants)

The treat jar for the dog sounds like a good idea. (None of us used food treats for our dogs) Maybe a treat jar for people as well. Not too many people are going to complain about stuff if you're giving them treats!!!

I would also get there as early (to start out) as you think it would take for your dog to check things out so he seems comfortable with the area before people arrive for work.

Every time we went into the office, RJ would work that entire room to find out which cubicle had someone in it.

You are very lucky to be able to work to take your buddy to work with you.
 

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maybe you should wait untill your pup is more socialized
and trained before taking him to work. on the othe handr you could
take him to work to train him how to behave when in the office. keep him there for a short period and have your friend pick him up. slowly increase the time he spends in the office. once he learns how to behave in the office and you're taking him to work with you i'm going to be so, so jealous.
 

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I work from home but do have to go to the office a few times a week and I bring Stosh a lot of the time. First thing is to introduce him around, let everyone know he's just a puppy and ask if they'd rather not see him. There are a few younger girls that really are afraid of him so I make sure to avoid them. I work in an archive room so no one else goes in there. At first I put him in a crate but now he's so used to it that I bring a towel and he has to settle on it. Every once in a while he'll let out a bark or two but nobody seems to mind and he gets lots of visitors when I'm there. I think everyone appreciates that I don't assume they like or want to be around him, so if they want to see him they come to my room.
 

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I am so jelous! I tried to convince my boss that I should be allowed to bring Zeb into work when I work nights at the hotel. "Big scary GSD" would be a great way to deter would be theives! But alas, no. Because he might "scare the guests." :( You are very lucky and I'm glad that you can do it! The advice so far is great. Small doses at first and bring in the crate. Can put a blanket or bed down and teach him place (eventually moving the bed out of the crate when he's ready)
 

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Dang you are making me jealous!! All good suggestions all around. I sometimes bring in one or two if I'm working after hours, or on days were most people are away. My dogs are older though, quiet, calm, and trained to stay, so I can leave them in the office and run downstairs to copy or fax, etc.

With your pup, I would definitely try the crate. And bring him in to let him get familiar with the place before-hand.
You won't really know how things will go until you try it out. Where do you live? Is it mild enough that if he acts up you an crate him in your car? When the temperatures are good, I often bring my dogs to work and they stay in the van. I take them out for breaks and we go for walks at lunch time.
 

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I bring my pup to work with me as well, It has worked out great, no need to drive home during the day to let her out for potty breaks. I brought a dog bed, some non smelly bones, and a treat jar. I have people coming into my office constantly, at first she got up every time someone came in , now she just looks up . All of our employees wear uniforms now she is fine with anyone that comes in with a uniform , but anyone in street clothes needs to have a treat. I also make sure to bring "clean up" bags, the last thing I want is someone to comment on dog poop in the grass. Kesh comes in every morning and the first thing she does is go to each persons office to greet them, she has been a big hit , I get comments all the time about how wonderful it is to have her there, especially if someone is having a bad day, they can come in and just spend some away time with her. When she stays home People actually get upset she is not there.
 

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Just wondering, for everyone who shared about their dog coming to work with them, if you don't mind could you say where you work? I never knew some places let you bring your (well trained) dogs to the office!

I'm just kinda curious as to which companies/places are letting people do that :)
 

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I work for the Catholic Diocese of Tyler. It's all private offices. I work for the bishop maintaining the archives which is off limits to everyone unless I'm there. I also argue annulment cases for the marriage tribunal so I do a lot of that from home but have to go into the office fairly often. When I need to leave the office I have him 'settle' on his blanket and shut the door behind me. Stosh is the official diocesan mascot, everyone has known him since he was 12 wks old. We have several glass doors to go through and he's so excited to get to work that when he get to the doors he 'knocks' on it. Cracks everyone up. I have to say that he's really done a lot of good dispelling the myths of the breed. There's a priest from Belfast Ireland that was terrified of gsds because he said the police used them as weapons. Once he met Stosh he was able to walk into the same office and even pet Stosh. Stosh was so great, he laid down in front of him and was very still. I can't say that the guy loves Stosh but it was a huge accomplishment for him to pet a gsd.
 

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I do maintenance tracking paperwork for a large helicopter charter company and work in a maintenance hangar. We don't have an official dog policy, and in general it would be considered unprofessional to bring your dog to work with you, but the company culture is lax enough that in some situations nobody minds. I don't bring my dogs into the office on regular days. Most of the time when I do have them, either out in the van or in the office, people don't even notice. If they attracted negative attention in any way, I would leave them at home.
 

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I work at a juvenile court as office manager. We're allowed to bring our dogs on a slow Friday. I've brought Panzer a handful of times - usually upon coworker request. :) It makes me a little nervous because I don't want to be the one to ruin it for everyone else, though Panzer has always been very good. I bring a bag of goodies - toys, treats and water to keep him occupied. Once people stop fussing over him, he usually goes to sleep.

The judge even keeps turkey bacon in his fridge - either for when he has a salad in his office, or for when people bring dogs to work.

Funny story - one Monday morning a pile of poo showed up on the referee's office floor. The fingers started pointing trying to figure out whose dog had been in over the weekend and why wasn't it better attended to. An email went out stating what happened and admonishing folks to be more careful so we didn't lose the privelege. After a few hours, the judge sent out a response indicating that he had been dog sitting his son's beagle and he let the dog get a bit of exercise in the offices while he was busy working on that Saturday morning. He said the returned to him without saying a word of what he had been up to - sure enough he was the guilty party! We all thought it was pretty great that the judge's dog had done the deed and that he fessed up to it.

Agree with the suggestions for lint rollers, things to keep the pup busy and Febreeze. Also make sure the day isn't too long. A few months back, Panzer would get pretty bored after a few hours at the office.

Have fun!
 

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We used to have a lady bring her two chihuahuas to the office until someone complained that they were afraid of them because chihuahuas are viscous :mad: Hers happened to be very nice dogs and no one even knew they were there... I was afraid of handling new files (because new ones cause deadly paper cuts) than I was of her dogs.
We now have an official "policy".
 

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Thats great that you will be able to bring your dog to work. I agree with others...bring him in for an hour or so and then have him taken home and then keep uping the amount of time he is there with you. :) Pretty soon, he'll be pretty relaxed about it.

I've taken my dog to my office on my days off a few times. I wish I could do that all the time...she would love it! Lots of people to throw her ball for her! LOL
 
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