At Butternut we have frequent doggy visitors in the office, it’s part of the joy of of being part of the Butternut Squad! Luckily for us one of our Butternut Ambassadors Sharon, who runs The Office Dog has shared her top tips for a happy office dog:
A bored dog is a naughty dog
Your dog is likely to get bored at some point, so make sure you have some toys for them to chew or play with. But avoid the squeaky ones, or you’ll annoy Maureen from accounts.
Be proactive about comfort breaks
It sounds obvious, but remember to take your dog out so they can relieve himself! Especially when you first start taking your dog to the office, it’s a new environment and they might not ask like they do at home, so be proactive.
And sniff breaks are just as important
Give them the chance to go and get some sniffs - the stimulation will help to prevent boredom, and tire him out a bit. That peemail take a lot of mental processing.
Be your dog’s advocate
Don’t allow people to get over-friendly with them, it’s a rare dog that actually enjoys having a stranger’s face in close proximity to theirs. Teach your colleagues to allow your dog to approach them first and don’t expect your dog to like everyone. If they do back away from someone, or even growl at them, don’t tell them off. They are simply communicating that they do not want to speak to them - respect their choice. If only we could all be that honest!
Not everyone loves dogs
Strange but true. Some people just don’t like dogs. Have a back-up plan for any meetings you need to attend that have people who don’t like, or are afraid of dogs.
Get to the root of any problem behaviours
If your dog starts to display unwanted behaviours, such as barking, try to figure out the reason behind it, so that you can address the root cause. Don’t just tell them off for barking - that won’t solve anything. If you can’t figure out a solution yourself, you may need to seek help from a dog trainer.
Avoid rush hour
If you commute, try travelling a little earlier or later, so that you avoid rush-hour. The crowds can be very scary for a lot of dogs. And we know how patient and understanding commuters are when someone gets in their way…
In case of emergency
Make sure you know where the closest vet surgery to your office is. It might even be worth investing in a canine first-aid course. Something else to put on your CV too.
Discourage colleagues from giving your dog treats
As well as preventing your dog to take up begging, you need to know what your dog has been eating, and how much. But also, ensure that they know what your dog really cannot eat, so any allergies, and also a list of the usual suspects. A lot of non-dog owners still don’t know that chocolate, grapes and raisins are all toxic.
Have a leisurely breakfast
Instead of rushing to feed your dog before you leave for work in the morning - which can cause digestive issues, especially if he has to walk soon after - take his breakfast in with you. Butternut Box meals can either be stuffed into a toy like a Kong or K9 Connectables, or can be sprinkled on a Snuffle Rug - all of which will keep him occupied for a while.
We all know how tiring a day at the office can be, and there’s nothing better than coming home to a delicious freshly made meal. Your dogs feel the same, so next time they come home from work, have a Butternut meal waiting for them to tuck into.