Because we bring our dogs (and some cats) into the office here at Trupanion, we have recently compiled a list of basic guidelines for all pet-bringers in order to keep the peace and privilege of bringing our pets. We were fortunate to be visited by a local dog trainer who gave us some great tips on how to successfully cohabitate in this office.
How to introduce dogs
This tip really stuck with me, and I thought it would be helpful to others, not only pets in the workplace, but bringing a new pet home to a place that currently has other pets.
Dogs that regularly spend time in a certain place, whether it be their home or the Trupanion office, establish that it is their “territory”. When a new dog comes along, some ‘old’ dogs may feel threatened that this new dog is broaching on their territory. Rather than introducing a new dog in your home or workplace, introduce the dogs in a neutral area.
The dog trainer suggested that we at Trupanion introduce the dogs by taking them on a walk outside of the office. This way, they are on neutral ground, and they are engaging in an activity (walk) so that they will not be entirely focused on each other. An interesting point she mentioned was to walk one dog in front of the other so that they get a chance to sniff each other’s behinds. This is how dogs “exchange e-mail addresses”.
Got any tips to add? Let us know in the comments!