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Bringing a dog to work

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by riddikulus, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    A good way for young people to be taught compassion and perhaps even encourage a calming environment, like therapy dogs... although they are vetted for temperament etc.
  2. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    At my school (large rural grounds), staff are allowed to bring their dogs and take them around for walks at break, lunch, etc., and the Y7s love taking them out as well. I am not particularly a dog person but two of my neighbouring teachers' dogs are extremely well behaved and I will say hello to them but....I don't like big dogs.

    I would wait to see the lay of the land first and be extra wary as some people might have issues with dogs that are too friendly or not extremely well behaved.
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  3. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    I know a school with a dog - The kids love it and help look after it.

    Definitely a positive addition to the environment!
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  4. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    I suspect this is for your own benefit and convenience rather than the college's.
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  5. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    The only dog it is appropriate to bring to school, IMHO, is:

  6. secretsiren

    secretsiren Star commenter

    As someone completely terrified of all dogs, big and small, I would not be happy if someone was allowed to bring a dog into my place of work every day. It would make me very, very uncomfortable even if the dog was meant to be in an office.
    You would need to put feelers out, investigate how your colleagues and students would feel as well as any potential issues (e.g. what would happen if your dog bit someone, pooped somewhere it shouldn't, escaped...).
  7. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    If the dog bit someone, as a parent (say) I'd be demanding the sacking of the person who brought it in, and that the dog be destroyed.
  8. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Does that mean that you will see students in your office? If so, what will you do with the dog when you are expecting a student who is terrified of them?
  9. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    My first ever post on TES (back in 2009) was to side with OFSTED after a school complained on the front page of TES because OFSTED wanted to know where the risk assessment for the dog was!
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  10. smurphy6

    smurphy6 Senior commenter

    I love the idea.
  11. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    This reminds me of one of my favourite ever ofsted reports:

  12. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    What about people who are allergic to dogs?

    I don't mind dogs at all, but a place of work isn't a place for pets. You suggest the kids could benefit from it, but be honest, it's for your benefit and that alone! I can't see how it doesn't distract you from your job either.

    I think the point made by @FrankWolley is spot on. If this dog is not trained to handle so many people, there is a fair chance at some point it may not react well to someone. What a mess you find yourself in then.

    You can ask course. I wouldn't though. It is a really strange and misjudged request for me,
  13. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    I occasionally work in two Primary schools who have both always have a dog there. I believe they are actually owned by the Heads.
  14. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    I remember seeing that. Wasn't the school placed in special measures?
  15. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

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    Jesmond12 Star commenter

  17. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    Deeply so!
  18. scott1980

    scott1980 Occasional commenter

    My head teacher loves dogs.ive taken my rescue to meet her after work.other staff have brought their dogs in school time for visits.i do take my dog in the holidays when i want to sort my classroom.if they say no get a good dog walker.
  19. Smithy84

    Smithy84 New commenter

    Must be a joke like your other posts :)
  20. Tinycat1234

    Tinycat1234 Established commenter

    Yep know a good few state schools where it happens... obs you need a risk assessment etc

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