How to deal with a spaniel in the office?
July 14, 2012 1:55 AM Subscribe
A colleague brings a noisy and disruptive (but otherwise lovely!) dog to the office, what's the best way of telling him that it's not OK?
posted by sarahdal to work & money (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm relocating to a different office. The setup is a large main room, with everyone in plus one senior manager, and the rest of senior management in a different room. The senior manager in the main room brings his excitable spaniel to work, where it barks, runs amok, and is given bits of carpet to chew up.
When I've visited this office, it's often a complete tip, with dog toys everywhere. The dog is house trained, but not much else, he barks, jumps up, and runs around. The senior manager gives the dog treats and fusses him when he starts barking, and even as a cat owner I know that's not right!
The rest of the team in the office are really sick of it but are terrified of saying anything because the dog belongs to the senior manager. He even has them picking up and bringing in the dog when he's not at work and needs a dogsitter. The rest of the senior team see it as a bit of a joke, and it's not been dealt with in a serious, formal manner.
I am quite happy to say something, because it's a ridiculous situation, where the dog is barking while you are making important phone calls, or jumping up at clients. I am happy to start dealing with this in a serious, formal manner if required!
I would love a well behaved office dog - we used to have someone who brought in their lab, and another guy had the sweetest little terrier. So what's the best way to address this?