#Bring Your Dog To Work


1. Why does the SPCA support bringing dogs to work?

There are many benefits of having dogs in the workplace. Studies have shown that the presence of a dog at the workplace not only promotes positivity, builds workplace relationships but also leads to a more focused and motivated work environment.

Having a dog at workplaces also highlights the joy of canine companionship which helps bring awareness and support to rescue organisations when it comes to helping dogs in need through fostering and adoption.

2. Why don't we just bring dogs to work on one specific day?

To promote pet-inclusivity, it is not just about allowing dogs in for one day but making it more of a permanent affair.

Also, we want the conditions to be pleasant for both dogs and colleagues by avoiding situations where too many dogs are crowded on the same day.

We also recommend large companies survey staff and considering rostering days should there be large demand to participate.

3. Why is pet-inclusivity important?

One of the SPCAs initiatives is to develop a more pet inclusive community in Hong Kong so that our companion animals can have their basic needs met and they can live safe, happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.

Also by actively driving new pet initiatives for pet owners and non-pet owners, we aim to create a community which is kinder and more compassionate towards animals so that all humans and animals can live together in harmony.

4. Why just bring your dogs and not other pets?

We understand that pets are an important part of our lives, and many pet owners would love to bring their other furry or feathered friends to work. However, when it comes to allowing pets in the workplace, we primarily focus on dogs for a few reasons.

In general, dogs are social creatures and are able to quickly acclimitise to new environments as they regularly go outside on a daily basis, therefore they are more suitable to bring to work.

Other pets, such as cats or smaller furry friends can be more wary. For example, cats are natural independent hunters and may not feel as comfortable in unfamiliar environments. They are much more sensitive to new surroundings, therefore might not be suited at workplaces.

Smaller animals may want to burrow, hide, and chew. While these behaviours are natural, it may pose a challenge in an office setting where it may be unsafe and cause discomfort for the pet.

In addition, there may be conflict between the different types of animals which may have a predator - prey relationship which would unnecessarily stress the “prey” animals and could trigger unexpected reactions and accidents.

5. Can I bring any kind of dog to work?

Dog owners should also follow any company guidelines set for the event such as size restrictions.

Dog owners should know their dog’s personality best and assess if the dog will enjoy the experience of going into work. Check with your colleagues to see if their dogs are human-loving or dog-loving so as to set some interaction rules in advance. Put your dog’s welfare first, not all dogs are “office dogs” and that is okay!

6. What if my colleagues are scared of dogs?

Dogs are lovely animals and there’s nothing to be scared of. However, we totally understand the importance of a harmonious workplace! Our #BringYourDogToWork tutorial covers how to ensure we respect all employees' rights. Hit us up at BYDTW@spca.org.hk to find out how we can help!

7. What can I do to help my dog settle in at my workplace?

It is crucial to set up your PET-PLOYEE for success! Our #BringYourDogToWork tutorial covers how to prepare yourselves before taking your dog to work, what to expect on the day with helpful tips, tricks and paw-some advice waiting for you. Hit us up at BYDTW@spca.org.hk to sign up for the tutorial and Training class.

8. How should I introduce my dog to new dogs at the office?

Dog to dog introductions are so critical, we will cover how to master the 3-second rule and how to decode subtle stress signs in our #BringYourDogToWork tutorial. Hit us up at BYDTW@spca.org.hk to find out how we can help orchestrate the perfect doggy meet-and-greet!

9. How should I know if my dog is happy to go to work with me?

Great question and our number 1 PET-PLOYEE rule! Unfortunately, not all dogs will enjoy a workplace environment. Our #BringYourDogToWork tutorial and Office Dog Training will help you understand what would be expected behaviour of a PET-PLOYEE. Hit us up at BYDTW@spca.org.hk to find out how we can help!

10. What if I need attend a meeting whilst I have my dog with me?

Dogs shouldn’t be left to their own devices in the workplace. Our #BringYourDogToWork tutorial and Office Dog Training will help you deal with various work situations while you have care for a PET-PLOYEE. Hit us up at BYDTW@spca.org.hk to sign up for the tutorial and Office Dog Training class.

11. Should my dog wear a muzzle all the time in my workplace?

Safety is often the top rule for pet-inclusivity, however if you think you need to muzzle your dog, it’s probably not a PET-PLOYEE candidate. Hit us up at BYDTW@spca.org.hk to sign up for the #BringYourDogToWork tutorial and Office Dog Training class and learn how to be a good PET-PLOYEE.

12. Will it be better if I give my dog some calming supplements few days before I bring him to work?

Not all dogs are suitable PET-PLOYEE candidates. But we’re here to help, reach out to us at BYDTW@spca.org.hk for our pawsome #BringYourDogToWork tutorial to help your dog become a top-notch PET-PLOYEE.

13. My dog is a patient with some chronic diseases. What should I keep an eye out for if I want to bring him to work?

If your dog is feeling under the weather, it’s best to keep them at home. Consult your vet if in doubt!

14. Can I bring unvaccinated puppies to work?

Before you bring your puppies to the office, make sure they are fully vaccinated. We are all about keeping your furry friends safe! Get in touch with us at BYDTW@spca.org.hk for our #BringYourDogToWork tutorial and learn what to watch out for to avoid any workplace mishaps!

15. My dog has motion sickness. How can I help him to overcome it?

We've got some tricks up our sleeves to help your furry friend with motion sickness! Drop us a line at BYDTW@spca.org.hk to learn more about our #BringYourDogToWork tutorial available to make those office journeys a breeze!

16. What should I do if my dog fights with other dogs in my workplace? How can I prevent it from happening?

To prevent a fur-flying fiasco, it's crucial to know the triggers and how to play peacemaker. Drop us a line at BYDTW@spca.org.hk, and we'll spill the beans on avoiding fights and breaking up scuffles like a pro in our #BringYourDogToWork tutorial.

17. Why should I create an Individual account and what is the purpose of fundraising?

Creating an individual account, you not only help us spread the message on #BringYourDogToWork but also raise awareness on pet-inclusivity and animal welfare in Hong Kong. By becoming part of our community and fundraising, you become an advocate for our furry friends and any contributions will make a meaningful impact by supporting our rescue animals.

More questions on how to embrace the presence of dogs in the workplace? Please reach us at BYDTW@spca.org.hk for our #BringYourDogToWork initiatives that will provide the necessary knowledge, tools and hands-on support to ensure a smooth implementation of a dog-friendly workplace.