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Bringing a dog to work

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

  1. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    I have a child in my class with a severe animal fur allergy so we read to teddy bears instead.
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  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter


    I would spend my day terrified with just knowing it was in the building.
  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I'm not terrified, but I am allergic to and nervous of dogs. It might benefit some students, but what are you going to do when one arrives at your office and immediately looks worried? Find somewhere else for the dog to go, hoover the dog hair, and then welcome them in?
    (I teach adults, and I do worry about what happens if I have a student with a guide dog. I guess I would dose myself up with antihistamines, and try and ensure the dog is as far from me as possible.)

    There was a case a year or two back of a teacher taking a dog to school to show their class. It sounds as if the dog was a very well-behaved one, they'd done a thorough risk assessment, the children met it in very small groups under close control - but still, for some unknown reason, it suddenly bit one of them. Fortunately the parents did not kick up a fuss.
  4. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    I used to do educational work for a charity, visiting schools to do give talks about looking after animals, responsible ownership etc. Some people had dogs, my dog didn't pass his risk assessment - which was quite strict: loud noises, having ears pulled, having tail pulled, keeping calm in crowds, other dogs barking at him, having prams pushed at him and more. Visiting dogs had to be wormed, fleaed and bathed regularly and were not allowed to eat meat!
    Nearly every school that I visited requested a dog. They were really disappointed when I arrived without one.
  5. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    My mate pays a fortune to a dog walker to look after their dog in the working day.

    If the principal allowed you permission to have your dog, a number of other staff would call to take theirs into work. It would be unfair that they were turned down.

    I am really surprised at people's openness to it on here. I think it is a ridiculous suggestion, I really do.
  6. riddikulus

    riddikulus New commenter

    Thanks for all responses, it really does seem to be a very contentious topic! From the research I've done the benefits definitely seem to outweigh the potential risks (just as with most other things that need risk assessments!) but I can certainly see that it's something that not everyone is in agreement with.
  7. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    But the OP has his/her own office where the dog could be kept during the day. No other members of staff or the college need to come into contact with the dog if they choose not to. Although the OP needs to make arrangement to bring the dog in/take it home/ for walks etc during quiet periods of the day. If someone needs to see the OP for professional reasons and has an issue with the dog then an alternative meeting venue could be sorted.

    I have worked in places where dogs have been allowed in so its not unheard of. The OP can only ask for permission, there might not be an issue.
  8. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    Sorry mate. Nothing what you say offers a rationale for having an animal in a professional environment. In my mind it is a totally unnecessary addition. You don't get people bringing their kids/ partner/ best mate to work on the proviso that they don't go into contact with others. The dog needs looking after. You are either needed to do a job or do they really need you? Ridiculous. There is no argument that will make me change my mind. I will say again, I am astounded at so many people advocating it being fine. Genuinely astounded.

    Neither is it something that can be extended to all staff, which at heart makes it an unfair amendment to the OPs working conditions.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2017
  9. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Good points. I can imagine a large school/college might have a dozen or more staff wanting to bring their dogs in (and a cat or two, perhaps). Maybe they should open a kennels? o_O
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  10. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    My school has them.....but sadly, I know my CAT would not be happy to visit.....:eek:
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  11. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    Many colleges do have kennels. Some colleges have cows. Many colleges have snakes and spiders and Rats! It is a completely different environment to schools.
    A colleague brought her kids in to work every day during last July and August. I know some school teachers who will be working during the Summer and will be taking their kids to work with them.
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  12. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    1) some will have, yes. For professional purposes, not to muck about with, or who are only there as people's pets.

    2) taking kids into school when there are no kids in during the holidays is hardly comparable.
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  13. thegeologist

    thegeologist Occasional commenter

    I'm massively allergic to dog not too dissimilar in fashion to those who are allergic to peanuts. I'd be really annoyed if someone brought one in. I was not a policeman, social worker or a soldier for this reason so I'm would not be happy as school seems a sensible safe haven from such allergens.
  14. ldnsenco

    ldnsenco Occasional commenter

    I am terrified of dogs following a serious accident when I was a child. I would find it very difficult to go to work knowing I could bump into a dog at any time. I go out of my way to avoid them when outdoors.
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  15. Landofla

    Landofla Established commenter

    Lots of people commenting share their fear of dogs and this is exactly why dogs in schools is a good idea. Had you had the chance to socialise in a safe environment, you may well have overcome your fear. This is also why if the OP wants to use their dog at work, they must ensure they have had the necesary training and completed the risk assessments.

    As a society, I believe we shouldn't be governed by fear. We should take the risks, for we regret the opportunities missed more.
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  16. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    It would be interesting to know the ages of the posters on here, I suspect that you could broadly draw an increasing trend line in age on the response spectrum from the "hell no" posters to the "great idea" ones.

    In keeping with my middle agedness, I have no problem with the principle of a school dog in the right setting and with the right thought processes, but I don't see scope for it being the pet of a teaching member of staff.
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  17. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    "Lots of people commenting share their fear of dogs and this is exactly why dogs in schools is a good idea. Had you had the chance to socialise in a safe environment, you may well have overcome your fear."

    I might have overcome my nervousness, but I would also have had a splitting headache. It's awkward enough as an adult, turning up to a meeting in someone's house, to have to ask whether the dog could be put in another room.
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  18. Oldfashioned

    Oldfashioned Senior commenter

    Lovely idea but thoroughly unworkable with allergies, phobias and attitudes to our canine friends. Many years ago I worked in a timber yard and the transport manager brought his dog in every day. She laid under his desk and didn't bother anyone but it was a very different environment to a college or school.

    when I worked in FE I taught a mature student with hearing loss and she had a lovely little spaniel as her service dog. The dog knew I was a big softie for it and when 'off duty' would come and join me at the front of class or sit at my feet at the desk.
  19. debwilliamson

    debwilliamson New commenter

    It always makes me laugh when people object to dogs for hygiene reasons. Anyone been to the beach recently and seen the filthy human detritus - nappies, bottles, cans, baby wipes etc.? All left by varying races of human kind.
  20. secretsiren

    secretsiren Star commenter

    I was in a safe environment when a dog bit me, leaving me with a scarred face and a crippling phobia. It isn't OK to inflict things on people when they're scared of something. We wouldn't say to someone with a horror of snakes that we were bringing in a large snake and leaving it in an office - why is a dog different? Plus, if the socialisation doesn't work (certainly hasn't with me - I've been around many friendly dogs since I was bitten as a child and I have hated every single second of it, planning my escape route, sweating, feeling nauseated and desperate...school is not the place to put children through those feelings) then you have kids and staff in school feeling uncomfortable for no reason in a place where you should feel safe.

    There have been several deaths and life-changing attacks on children (and adults) over the last year due to dog bites. I, and the giant scar on the cheek and chin, am happier living well away from the animals that caused it.

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