Guidelines for Allowing Dogs in Your Workplace
Issues / Conflicts
There can sometimes be issues or conflicts when bringing dogs to work. But if everyone respects each other rights,
there can definitely be room for pets in the workplace!
Afraid of Dogs/Uncomfortable Around Dogs
For people afraid of dogs, dog owners can keep their pup leashed, so he or she will not frighten anyone. Several
companies have implemented a leash rule specifically because some people were are afraid or uncomfortable around
Only well-behaved dogs should be allowed into the workplace. They should not show any aggressive tendencies towards
people like growling, snarling or biting. However, remember that even well-behaved dogs may not like UPS or Fed
Ex delivery people, and that is why dogs should be restricted either by a leash or in an enclosed office or cubicle.
Some people in the office might be allergic to dogs. Allergies can sometimes be difficult to deal with, but companies
have found good compromises. Some employers have accommodated both the dog owner and allergic person by having
separate work areas. Others have implemented leash rules so dogs will not roam over
to the allergic person's work
area. Also, some employers have exempted dogs from the restrooms, cafeterias,
break rooms and meeting rooms to
As a side note regarding people with allergies to pets, the FAA
(Federal Aviation Administration) has documents regarding pet allergies
and airplanes. A person with severe pet allergies has
to be prepared and find out ahead of time if there is a pet
onboard. If a pet is near an allergic person in an airline
cabin, the allergic person can move or switch to another flight. But
the pet cannot be removed from the flight. Here are some
excerpts from the FAA's
website at http://www1.faa.gov/avr/afs/cabinsafety/pets/pets.htm:
Question: I have severe allergies to pet dander. How
can I be sure that there is no pet dander on my flight?
Answer: You will still be exposed to pet dander on
every flight, even without any pets in the passenger cabin. This is
because most allergens are carried into the cabin on the clothes of
Question: Then what should I do if I am allergic to
pet dander, but I need to fly?
Answer: First, you can reduce the chance that there will
be an animal in the cabin on your flight. You can fly on an airline that
does not allow pets in the cabin. You can also ask the reservations
agent for your airline if another passenger on the same flight has made
reservations to travel with a pet. You should also check with your
allergist or doctor before your trip to discuss travel related risks and
ask if you should carry medications with you. If a reaction should occur
during the flight, follow your doctor’s treatment instructions and ask
a flight attendant for assistance.