no dogs on this sofaAll you canines out there, tomorrow, June 21, is Take Your Dog to Work Day.  No dogs on this sofa, so jump up and enjoy a day at work with your people.

About 1.4 million owners take some 2.3 million dogs to work every day, according to an American Pet Products Association survey.

Higgins the shop dog at Totally Kids fun furniture and toysPerks of a shop dog!

Higgins, the shop dog, at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys works everyday.  Well, goes to work, but it’s debatable whether or not she works.  If lounging and thinking that she looks cute sitting a chair or under a desk is work, well then.

Tips from Cesar Milan:

Try introducing these steps for a calm and successful day at the office.

1. If possible, send out a simple “dog rules” memo to all your co-workers. The memo should address protocol for the day. Outline where dogs are allowed and where they are not, specify what to do in the case of a mess and rules for approaching a dog that’s new to the office, starting with “no touch, no talk, no eye contact.” Require all dogs to be spayed or neutered and up-to-date on all shots. Clearly define “off limits” areas of the office and be aware of colleagues that may be allergic to dogs.

2. Make sure you exercise your dog before you bring him or her to the office. You want to exhaust some of that pent-up morning energy before arriving at work.

3. Once you arrive, make a safe, cozy resting spot near you. This will keep your dog from acting territorial, and reduce separation anxiety.

4. Lead your dog around the office at the beginning of the day and let him smell his surroundings. This way you can introduce him in neutral territory.

5. If your dog’s stay is short, provide water but no food or treats. If your dog is staying for the entire day, you’ll have to provide food but make sure you exercise him before feeding.

                          Nick-Nack-Paddy-Wack Give Your Dog a Bone recipe below.

Home made Dog  treats

Easy-Peasy Peanut Butter Dog Treats (makes about 3 dozen)

This recipe and many other dog treats can be found at the Pet Guide.

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup smooth natural or organic peanut butter
  • 1 cup hot water or 1 cup skim milk
  • Optional: 1 egg

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

2. Mix together the flour and baking powder in a big bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the peanut butter and hot water until smooth. Slowly add the dry mixture and mix well. Add a little more water or milk if the dough is too dry, or flour if it’s too wet.

4. Place onto your counter and roll to 1/4″ thickness.

5. Cut with a bone shaped cookie cutter and place on a cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Let cool, and then let the begging begin!

“No Dogs on This Sofa” pillow is available at: CallyCo.