Sharon Schweitzer: Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide

Our etiquette expert, Sharon Schweitzer, shares three tips for Take Your Pet to Work Day.

Celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day the proper way! Our etiquette expert, Sharon Schweitzer, explains "company, vet, & pet" and why you should keep these three things in mind before bringing Fido with you to work this week. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @WeAreAustin and find us on Facebook at We Are Austin Lifestyle Show.

Sharon Schweitzer's Take Your Pet to Work Etiquette Tips:

Will your golden retriever be napping at your feet? Your cat sleeping on your keyboard? Will your office routine be happily interrupted for a mid-day jog with Fido? This week business is changing from papers to paws and collared shirts to collars and leashes as you and your best friend enjoy Take Your Pet to Work Week.

What is National Take Your Pet to Work Day and Week?

National Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTWDay), celebrating its 18th annual recognition this year, was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) to celebrate the great companions that dogs make and to promote their adoptions. The event encourages employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one day to support their local pet community. TYDTWDay is an annual event and is always celebrated on the Friday following Father's Day.

Is the holiday just for dogs?

Originally, yes. Today, TYDTWDay also accommodates cat lovers, other pets, and those who cannot participate on TYDTWDay. The founders hope that all people will enjoy their time with pets this week and save a life or two by adopting pets after their experience.

What are the dates?

June 24th is officially TYDTWDay, however the entire week leading up to the event is Take Your Pet to Work Week™. Get ready to enjoy this week-long celebration with your coworkers and your pet!

Pets and owners alike need to be on their best behavior during this week as lots of bathroom breaks, dog fights and allergic reactions can make your coworkers and pet both feel uncomfortable. As a pet owner, ask these questions to put your best pet etiquette foot forward.

What should you consider if you want to bring your pet to work?

What is the company policy on pets visiting the workplace? Any conditions?

What other pets are coming in and are they compatible with yours?

Is your pet current on all vaccinations, deworming and veterinary care?

Does your pet have the right temperament to enjoy a calm day at the office?

Will your position allow breaks for pet walks and bathroom needs?

Where will your pet rest and sleep while you work?

Will toxic plants, pesticides or harmful chemicals be within your pet's reach?

What do your appointments look like? Where will your pet go?

Bring Treats

When Fluffy patiently waits for you and doesn't bark, give her a treat. When your sweet pup doesn't get in a fight with your neighboring cubicle canine companion, treats galore! Reward your pet's impeccable pet behavior with positive reinforcement. Trager Treats are the perfect gluten free, organic, and locally Austin made dog treats for your pup's office outing. The first day in the office will be new, exciting and overwhelming for them. Help to reward and train them the right way so everyone in the office will adore being around your perfect pet.

Don't leave anything behind

Make sure you clean up after your pet. Whether it's emptying the litter box at the end of the day or cleaning up the office lawn. The last thing the boss wants to see is leftover "treats" and doggie bags after an exciting week of celebrating TYDTWDay.

Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural consultant, an international protocol expert and the founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide. She is accredited in intercultural management, is the resident etiquette expert for CBS KEYE We Are Austin, popular on-air contributor, regularly quoted by BBC Capital, Investor's Business Daily, Fortune, Inc., The New York Times, The Vancouver Sun, and numerous other media. She is the best-selling, international award-winning author of Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, named to Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2015

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