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Office Petiquette: How to Properly Introduce Dogs

Trupanion PetsBecause we bring our dogs (and some cats) into the office at Trupanion, we 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 our office, and we’d like to share these tips with you!

How to introduce dogs

Whether you’re bringing a new pet into an office or introducing one to your home, one tip stood out.

Dogs that regularly spend time in a certain place, whether it be their home or the Trupanion office, establish it as 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!

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3 Responses to Office Petiquette: How to Properly Introduce Dogs

  1. Brent C. says:

    Great information, but what about my cat. If I bring him to the office, I don’t believe this introduction will work very well.

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  3. Heather R. says:

    I was able to put this into practice over Thanksgiving, when I introduced my dogs to my cousin’s new puppy. I remember the trainer reminding us that dogs should not be forced to meet face to face because that is not natural to them. I was happy I was reminded of that before the Thanksgiving introduction.

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