Dog-friendly Office Project Point 7: Pregnant, in-Heat or in-Season Pets 

In the spirit of ‘Enriching the Workplace with Your Dog" at free stitch, we started the ‘Dog Friendly Office Project’ in September 2019. 


Since then, we have listened to the feedback from our customers about how their workplaces view bringing pets to work and we have created a set of guidelines for our staff who come to the office with their pets.

Through a series of blog entries, we hope to expand on and explain some of the reasoning behind the guidelines that we created in the consent form. 

This time, we will focus on rule 6 of the guidelines; ‘pets in heat, in season or pregnant are not allowed’.

In our last blog, we discussed the importance of having your dog wear a ‘manner band’ or ‘manner pants’ in the interests of hygiene. However, when your dog or pet is in heat or in season, they should not come to the office even if they wear ‘manner band’ or ‘manner pants’ in order to prevent any trouble or problems between other dogs or pets. 

When in heat or in season, dogs and pets can become very sensitive and they may exhibit abnormal behaviour causing them to become more reserved or aggravated or reserved than usual, even towards humans. Naturally, they may attract the unwanted attention of male dogs or pets which can lead to over-excitement and possibly further trouble. 

Dogs or pets who are pregnant may also display similar sensitive behaviour in addition to being in a physically delicate condition. In order not to increase stress levels or jeopardize the health of your pregnant dog or pet, it is advisable for your pet to refrain from accompanying you to the office.  

It goes without saying that it is important to spend quality time with your dog or pet during this time. At free stitch we are actively promoting remote work to give our staff more flexibility and peace-of-mind when taking care of their dogs. 

In our next blog post, we will be looking at the 7th rule of the Dog-friendly Office Guidelines: ‘Pets must have received basic training, such as toilet and manner training’.

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