At Tito's Handmade Vodka, our canine counterparts are an important part of our lives, and we couldn't do what we do without them (and even if we could, it would be a lot less fun). Instead of honoring our furry friends with an annual holiday office visit, we live by the "Take Your Dog to Work Every Day" dogma.
When Tito Beveridge started distilling vodka in rural southeast Austin, he did so with his dog, DogJo, by his side – she was the very first Tito’s co-woofer. Over twenty years later, Taki is our resident Tito’s distillery dog, trotting, sniffing and snacking in DogJo’s paw prints, and we’re all still working away with our pups snoozing adorably under our desks… and in our conference rooms.
Does this sound PAWesome? We think it does… so much so that we joined forces with Dogs at Work, an advocacy group that celebrates and advances the integration of dogs into the 21st century human workplace.
Do you want to advocate for a dog-friendly workplace? Check out our tips below, and then visit dogsatwork.us/resources to dig a little deeper into policies and best practices.
Dog-Friendly Office Starter Tips:
- Come prepared: If you plan on welcoming dogs at the office, plan ahead and keep their needs in mind, so they can be comfortable and content while the humans are working. Bring treats, toys, a dog bed, and maybe some cleaning supplies in case of an accident.
- Set boundaries: Make sure there are office guidelines and policies in place that address roaming, leashes, number of dogs allowed per person, behavior procedures if there’s an issue, etc.
- Respect your co-workers: If someone has a stash of delicious desk snacks or particularly smelly shoes, keep your pup away! Stay alert and respect your co-workers’ personal space.
- Stop and sniff the roses: Step outside to give those puppies some air and a chance to play (and use the bathroom)! Taking a break every so often to keep your dog happy has been proven to reduce employee stress levels.
Meet some of Team Tito's co-woofers!
We couldn't do what we do without our four-legged furriends.