When it feels like you live at work, you may wish to employ a canine assistant to keep you company. While there are many types of breeds out there, not all of them will do well in the workplace. One breed that you may want to consider working with when it comes to bringing a dog to work is the Scottish Terrier.
Scottish Terriers, more commonly known as Scotties, are without a doubt, good workplace dogs. They are easily trainable and love cuddling up to their master. Scotties are classed as small dogs, meaning they are able to work next to, or under the office desk keeping your feet warm. The perfect companion. Also, Scotties do not shed hair much because they have double coats. Just make sure time is scheduled into the diary for walkies!
Compared to many of the other dog breeds out there, Scotties do well in the workplace.
Let’s take a closer look at why Scotties are good dogs to have with you in the office and some of the steps that a Scottie owner will need to follow to make sure that happiness is a priority for this small dog.
Are Scotties Good Workplace Dogs?
Scotties can fit into the workplace well. Their small size helps them to not take up a lot of space. They also do not shed that much and are intelligent enough to handle workplace life by entertaining themselves and colleagues alike. While you are attending a meeting in the other room you don’t have to worry.
With some of the larger dogs breeds out there, such as the Dobermann it is hard to keep them by your desk as space is restrictive. They will not be able to stretch out enough to be comfortable. A dog that is not comfortable, is not fun.
Before your Scottie comes to work with you, make sure that some behaviour training has been undertaken and that they smell good. No one wants to get bitten, hear constant barking or smell damp doggy.
Why Are Scotties Good Workplace Dogs?
There are a lot of reasons why Scotties make good workplace dogs. Some of the reasons include;
Scottish terriers are hypoallergenic
Scotties have a double coat, which means they shred way less hair than other dogs and are less likely to cause allergies to colleagues in the workplace. Having a double coat also means that you will have less hair floating around the office or stuck in your keyboard!
In an office, it is nice to have a dog that doesn’t shed everywhere. This can prevent yourself or anyone else from having an allergic reaction to the dog and will create a happier working environment.
Are Scotties good guard dogs?
The Scottie can be a good guard dog. They will show their boldness and persistency, especially if you place them by the window or take them on a walk. They love nothing more than to keep their human counterparts safe.
This behaviour can cause them to bark a little more than some other breeds of dogs. But this all depends on how you train them and bring them up. It is very possible to train your Scottie to behave and only bark if there’s an emergency.
Are Scotties intelligent?
Scotties are small and have a lot of energy, but this does not mean they are less intelligent. They are easy to train as long as you show firm and gentle leadership to them. Due to their small size, it’s possible for Scotties to get away with more trouble, than a bigger dog. But don’t be too lenient or you will have a spoilt dog on your hands.
Scotties are smart enough to take advantage of any given leeway. If you train your Scottie well, they will do a great job in the workplace.
Training your Scottie should happen as early as possible so they are easier to handle later on in life.
Even a small Scottie can cause a lot of damage, training early on will make a big difference. Scottish Terriers are great at learning something new every day, so advance on what the dog already knows. Your colleagues and clients will be very impressed with the obedience.
Scotties are easier to maintain than larger breeds of dog
Another benefit of the Scottie as a workplace dog is that they are generally easier to take care of. Everything the Scottish Terrier needs is smaller compared to bigger breeds. This means you have less to carry to the office every day.
For example, Scotties can sleep in a smaller box, eat less food, have less hair and take up less space.
Will My Scottie Bark At Work?
Without the proper training and socialising, it is likely that your Scottie will bark at work. Scotties like attention and are generally considered good guard dogs.
If you do not train Scottish Terriers how to behave and do not give them enough attention In the office, it is possible that they will bark when you are absent.
A barking dog is not usually good in the workplac,e. They can annoy colleagues and make you very unpopular. You and your pet could get kicked out of the office for the remainder of the day. Your Scottie may be banned forever.
How To Help The Scottie Feel Comfortable At Work
The first day at work is challenging for everybody including dogs. While Scotties are great while you are around, you will need to take some special precautions to make sure that you are able to keep them happy in the workplace when you are absent for a few minutes.
You need to keep in mind that the workplace is restrictive for them and the environment is different from home, they will not necessarily be a lot of room for them to run around and play. Luckily, the Scottie is a small dog so they do not need as much room as a larger dog, but they still need time to go outside and move around.
Similar to living in a house, you will need to take the Scottie on daily walks to keep them healthy and happy. If your Scottie has been cooped up inside the workplace all day long, then you will need to play with them and get them outside ASAP. Research all the parks near your place of work, and find out if dogs are allowed.
Taking Care of Your Scottie At Work
Due to their size and how easy the Scottie is to take care of, they will do well at work, especially compared to some other dog breeds.
It is important to provide them with lots of attention, games, chew toys, treats, and time to be outside. If you don’t want to play catch with them, just make sure you take them for a walk. Exercise will help your Scottie cope better at work, as well as prolong their lives and reduce the risk of obesity.