Open for Dogs Tips for Services
As a dog friendly establishment the following hints and tips offer advice about what services and facilities you can provide to make sure that you are as accommodating as possible to dogs and their owners
Whether it is a few simple steps or more extravagant gestures, there is plenty that you can do to make your dog-friendly business stand out from the crowd.
Provide facilities for dogs:
- Water bowls
- Dog treats and chews
- Poo bags
- Spare leads
- A torch for late night walks
- Mats or pet beds
- Storage space for pet carriers
- Washing and drying facilities for muddy dogs
- Dog sitting services or crèches
- Pet food pre-ordering service
- Dog-menu for dinner (using food that is designed for dogs or recommended by vets – straying from this formula can cause upset tums!)
Provide information on the area for dog owners:
- Suitable walks
- Local vets
- Dog friendly attractions and other dog friendly businesses
- Where pet food can be purchased
- Potential charges for dogs and any restrictions on access
Open for Dogs Tips for the Workplace
It is well known that a dog’s presence can improve the atmosphere of a place and can help to reduce stress levels. Allowing dogs into the office can have a positive impact on staff productivity and enables dog owners to be flexible about their working hours and arrangements if they do not have to leave work at a set time to go home to care for their dog. If you are a dog-friendly office or thinking of becoming one you can take the following steps:
Make Sure Your Workplace is Suitable for Your Dog
- Make sure your lease allows you to take dogs. If appropriate give the landlord ‘references’ on your dogs and promise that those who create disturbances for other tenants will no longer be allowed to attend.
- Make sure there are areas nearby where employees can walk their dog or take it out to go to the toilet during the day.
Make Sure Your Dog is Suitable for the Workplace
- Before you allow a dog to come to the office regularly, meet the dog to ensure he or she is well socialised. You could even have a probationary period.
- Ensure that dogs are clean and flea-free before being allowed into the office and see proof of vaccination. Keep towels handy to wipe muddy paws.
- Dogs should be well socialised and should not have accidents in the workplace. The onus is on the owners to ensure that they are taken for short walks. If the boss thinks that the accident will reoccur, or if it happens on two or three occasions, then the dog should not be allowed to attend.
Caring for your Dog in the Workplace
- Keep dog beds and water bowls handy. Create comfortable areas (usually under/near their owners’ desks) for the dogs to sleep, to ensure they feel secure and are therefore quiet. Make sure they have enough water.
- Give all dogs an equal share of attention. If there is more than one dog in the office, make sure they all get attention, treats, walks and toys on a fairly even basis. Introduce food and toys into common areas but make sure the dogs are used to sharing.
- Make sure dogs aren’t left unattended. Unless you know a dog is quiet and well behaved when alone, the dog’s owner must find a way to keep the dog watched if they leave the area.
- Owners must take responsibility for their own dog, unless a job description specifically makes certain aspects of the dog’s care somebody else’s responsibility.