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Take Your Dog to Work Day could make for a dangerous Friday

We all love our own pets. For many of us, they truly are like our children. We would do anything for them and believe they do no wrong. If that is how you feel, then you might be excited that tomorrow is Take Your Dog to Work Day.

Don't let excitement and love for your pooch, however, cloud your judgment when it comes to safety. Your dog might be perfectly sweet with you, but he or she is still an animal and could surprise you in a new environment. The last thing that you want to happen at work is for your boss to sustain a dog bite thanks to your pooch. That might put a hold on any promotion that you are hoping for.

According to reports, an estimated 5 million people are injured by dog bites each year in the U.S. And it isn't just the big, stereotypically dangerous dogs that attack. Even your little Shi-Tzu could get uncomfortable in a new environment and snap at someone.

Of course, you want to keep your dog from hurting anyone and, therefore, protect yourself from a potential personal injury lawsuit. If your pooch isn't experienced with being around a lot of new people or in different environments, then bringing him to work might not be the safest idea.

It's not just others' safety that you should worry about. You, too, could wind up suffering a dog bite injury if your colleague's pet acts out. In order to avoid being attacked, you should always approach a dog very cautiously and ask the owner first. If you sense any signs of aggression from the dog such as its tail between its legs and its ears back, avoid contact with it.

Sure, having our fuzzy friend under our cube with us at work sounds heavenly. But for safety's sake, it might be best to stick to the simple pleasure of coming home from work to a loving, excited pooch who never fails to make you feel like the most important person in the world.

Source "Pet Pointers: Protection against dog bites," Lisa Chelenza, 21 Jun. 2011

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