The most important thing when you’re considering bringing your dog to work is to first find out if your employer has a policy about this subject. I would also suggest making sure that there is absolutely no other option, such as leaving your dog with a friend or family member. Otherwise, it may inhibit your ability to advance within your company. If you can’t manage to handle taking care of a dog, including arranging care for it while you’re at work, how would you take care of all your work duties?

Also, think about what kind of environment you work in, the mood that your boss is trying to set and if your dog would work well in it. Think of how your dog acts at home. Is he hyper? Does he need a lot of attention? Does he make a lot of noise? If so, you’re better off not bringing him to work. Your fellow employees, your boss and your customers will not appreciate the constant disruption your dog would bring into the mix. No matter how independent your dog is, he still would require meal times and bathroom breaks, and your employer is most likely not going to want you using company time to accomplish these tasks.

Even if your dog is well behaved, another thing that you must consider is allergies. Are your coworkers allergic to dogs? How about your customers? What about phobias, or fear of dogs? Sure, you could ask your coworkers, but there is no 100% foolproof way to make sure each and every person coming into the building is not allergic, other than standing in the doorway and asking them, and that’s just too much of a hassle. These are serious matters to consider, not only because losing business can lead to you losing your job, but because allergies can be deadly.

In the end, it’s probably better for everyone concerned if you left Fido home with lots of water and food. If you’re worried about bathroom breaks, make sure someone can stop by to let him out. It’s better than losing your job.