Dog Walk Essentials: What You Need For Your Dog’s Next Adventure
Heading out the door to take your furry friend on…
“Take Your Pet To Work Week” starts June 17, but every week is pet-friendly at our office. When we were founded in 2004 as a small team, bringing pets to the office was pretty easy. But now with more employees that means dozens of cats and dogs with different styles, personalities, comfort levels, house-training challenges and allergens. As the company has grown and evolved, so has our policy.
Are you interested in working pet policies into your own workplace? Here are some guidelines we’ve implemented that are effective:
“Koda has been coming to the office with me for several years now. Before being here, I worked in retail. Having Koda here means I don’t worry about him getting into any trouble at home and our walks at lunch keep us both alert and make for a nice mid-day break.”
Sales Agent Hannah Baird has seen a change in Hazel since she’s been able to be at work with her Mom. “She’s a rescue with separation anxiety. She loves to sleep at my feet at work. Shawn works across from me and honestly, he’s her best friend. Her leash is long enough that she can walk over and hang out with him when she’s tired of me.”
Animal health and wellness is our priority and we want employees’ pets and their owners to be comfortable, safe and healthy. We’ve discovered that a pet-friendly workplace is a big part of that. Some of our employees say that a difficult day at work is eased when their cat can jump up in their lap. And others say their dogs are less anxious now, since they don’t spend as much time alone. At PetFirst Pet Insurance, we know and love pets.
Taryn Pearson, PHR, SHRM-CP Director of Human Resources at PetFirst Pet Insurance
Taryn is Director of Human Resources at PetFirst Pet Insurance. You can find Taryn with Sadie, her 8-year-old Labrador retriever, at the PetFirst offices on special occasions.