International Take Your Dog to Work Day welcomes dogs into the office.

New employee: Kazi, a one-year-old Finnish Lapphund, considers a new job as office dog at The Examiner. Picture: Paul Scambler
New employee: Kazi, a one-year-old Finnish Lapphund, considers a new job as office dog at The Examiner. Picture: Paul Scambler

When you pack your lunch on Friday, June 23, throw in some kibbles as well – it’s International Take Your Dog to Work Day.

Each year since 1999, employers have thrown open the doors to our most faithful companions, complete with pats, tail wags and far too much time spent asking who is, in fact, a good boy.

Employee’s physical and mental health aspects are a key factor in the initiative, with the benefits of animals in the office well documented.

The RSPCA has issued a series of tips on how to make Take Your Dog to Work Day a success, with minimal amounts of chasing dogs around and under desks, or informing your dog that he is not actually a good boy.

  • Confirm with your office if your dog is allowed.
  • Consult with your workplace about associated policies.
  • Ensure your dog is healthy, microchipped and up to date with their vaccinations.
  • Dogs should be socialised with other dogs and people.