National Take Your Dog to Work Day for the year 2023 is celebrated/observed on Friday, June 23rd. There are until the next observance.

National Take Your Dog to Work Day, observed each year on the Friday after Father’s Day (June 23), recognizes one of our most cherished pets. Wouldn’t you agree that the most difficult part of the day is leaving our four-legged pet babies at home as we travel to work? So, when Pet Sitters International (PSI) suggested we bring them along, we couldn’t say no. Dogs brighten even the darkest days, so it stands to reason that they will increase the fun quotient at work considerably. Don’t forget your briefcase and a doggy bag as you rush out the door. We want to see you in the office!

📆 When is National Take Your Dog to Work Day?

This year, National Take Your Dog to Work Day is on June 23rd. It is the 4th Friday in June; in 2024, it is on Sunday.

Countdown to National Take Your Dog to Work Day

Did you know: Put away anything that dogs could chew or ingest that could be detrimental to them or the office (chocolate, poisonous plants, electrical wires, or equipment).

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📜 History of National Take Your Dog to Work Day

Bring on the local animal shelters and rescue organizations. Since about 4 million dogs enter shelters nationwide each year, animal rescue has gained popularity among Americans. Companies are interested in the interests of their employees, and it is obvious that we are interested in dogs. Firms benefit from getting involved both in terms of getting their employees more involved and reaching out to the community.

National Take Your Dog to Work Day was first observed in 1999 by about 300 businesses, and since then, its recognition has progressively increased. Twenty years later, more than 63 million US homes have at least one dog, and it’s projected that the pet business generated over $70 billion in revenue in 2019. We treat our dogs (and cats) like family and spoil them as much as we would a child. As a result, there are now businesses that allow employees to bring their dogs to work more than once a week.

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☑️ National Take Your Dog to Work Day facts

Get the “all clear”
9% of the population suffers from cynophobia, or the irrational fear of dogs; recognize persons who are allergic to or terrified of dogs and explain how the day may be enjoyable for them as well.

Pack doggie bags
No celebration is complete without a prize. Offer each pooch a doggy bag filled with food and tiny toys.

Vote for the top dog
Give away awards for the best clothing, the greatest dog trick, the tiniest dog, the tallest dog, and other categories.

Things to do on National Take Your Dog to Work Day

Support a local shelter
One of the most important aspects of the event is the charitable efforts to help local animal shelters and rescue dogs through adoption. Employees should be asked to “pay” to bring their dog to work with money or donated products. Invite a representative from a local shelter to speak at your event about their purpose, share success stories, and offer information about pets available for adoption.

Find a New Job
So your workplace isn’t dog-friendly? It might be time to move on to more environmentally friendly dog parks. If not now, then certainly the next time you look. These businesses were deemed the most dog-friendly in 2019, where every day is National Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Learn Over Lunch
If your boss is opposed to having dogs at work, persuade them to participate via animal education. Take Your Cat to Work Day is on Monday of this week (also known as Take Your Pet to Work Week), so all animal lovers would welcome a stimulating lunchtime talk about pet care or pet trends.

📅 National Take Your Dog to Work Day Observances

2022 June 23 Thursday
2023 June 23 Friday
2024 June 23 Sunday
2025 June 23 Monday
2026 June 23 Tuesday

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