You have taken your daughter to work, you have certainly taken your baby to work, so now take your dog to work. Responsible pet ownership (RPO) is central to the success of having pets at work, and Royal Canin®, manufacturer of breed specific and health nutrition dog and cat foods and part of the Mars global petcare division, believes in having a ‘pawsitive’ experience with your pet!
Take Your Dog to Work Week (TYDTW) is a Mars Petcare ® global initiative that takes place this year between 19 and 23 June. Royal Canin® associates are encouraged to bring their dog to work.
According to Royal Canin South Africa corporate affairs manager, Michelle Christie, the initiative has proven to provide a positive upliftment in staff morale. All responsible pet owners are immensely proud of their dogs and it is a time to mix with like-minded dog owners, and it offers the pets a chance to socialise too.
We often do not remember, that dogs, like humans, appreciate social interaction and this provides an ideal opportunity for this. Royal Canin South Africa’s staff have embraced the initiative and the benefit it brings to them and their pets.
Royal Canin South Africa wishes to expose this success to other companies in the country and encourage them to do the same. Christie advises, though, that a company policy be introduced that will provide guidelines on which dogs are suitable for such an initiative such as fully vaccinated, sterilized and socialized dogs for the TYDTW initiative. She says, “It is necessary to develop policies as businesses may have limitations on how many dogs the office can support at one time, keeping your pet on a leash at all times and providing for their safety and needs during the day, for example. Bringing a dog to work also means that you have to balance responsibilities as an owner and responsibilities as an employee, to enhance this aspect and we encourage owners to consider the demands on their time before doing so. There may be safety issues for the pet and we should always bear in mind that some people have allergies or are afraid of dogs. These things do need to be considered when implementing a policy as I am sure that as responsible pet owners, we only want the best for our colleagues and furry companions”.
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