Pets at Home launches PETtiquette service
Pets at Home has launched a new service that aims to help companies welcome dogs into the workplace.
Called PETitquette, the programme sets out guidelines to ensure that the animals are kept healthy and safe and to help staff feel comfortable with their presence.
The retailer said it made the move due to more people buying pets during the Covid-19 pandemic, many of whom are now adjusting to a return to the office and the introduction of hybrid working practices.
- Providing a hygienic place for every dog to feel secure and comfortable
- Keeping the workplace place clean and tidy
- Ensuring that dogs are vaccinated and illness free – including the need for third party insurance
- Maintaining regular exercise and hydration levels
- Establishing a dinner and play time that does not interrupt others
Pets at Home also offers so called ‘PETternity leave’ where staff can take a day off when they get a new dog, cat or horse to help the animals settle in.
Jane Beresford, group director of people partnering at Pets at Home, said: “There can be many benefits to having dogs in the office, including the links to boosting morale and promoting positive mental health. There are also advantages for our pets, who have become used to having their owners at home over the pandemic. But going ‘dog friendly’ should not be a quick decision and that is why we have created our PETiquette guide, so that employers can create the best environment for both their people and pets.”
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