For dog lovers, the possibility of adopting your very own fluff ball is perhaps the pinnacle of life. Musing about long walks and your very own little BFF to keep you company. This is what dreams are actually made of, guys. However, in order to be a responsible dog parent, there are a million and one things you need to think of before you even consider popping to your nearest shelter. Like, say, what your work situation is. And, if you can bring your pet to work, what tips do you need for commuting with your dog?
Picking the right dog for you is not only about what suits you best, but more importantly what suits the animal best. Because a dog is most definitely for life. RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens kindly took the time to advise me on this topic and said that, when it comes to commuting with a dog, it's definitely not a one-size-fits-all approach. Hens said:
"All dogs are individual, so it's really important to factor in your dog's unique personality and temperament when deciding whether he or she will be happy coming to work with you — or whether the experience could be stressful or frightening. This includes the commute to and from work."
Rhona Nason, Canine Behaviourist and Training Advisor at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home said on the subject:
"There are definitely benefits for dogs and owners alike to take their dogs into work. Some dogs suffer with separation anxiety, and don’t like being alone for long periods of time. These kinds of dogs would really benefit from being able to go into work with their owner, provided it was a calm, dog-friendly environment where the dog could relax."
Below are seven helpful tips from Nason and Hens that'll help make commuting with your dog work for you both.