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Good Dog!

5 steps to getting Fido under control

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This story appears in the April 2001 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

Q: One of the best parts of being able to work at home is having my dog with me. In fact, her regular place is under my desk. But being a dog, she barks when someone comes to the door or while I'm on the phone. Sometimes she greets business visitors as though they were Attila the Hun. I'm concerned about the negative impression it makes to people who hear my dog sound off. Is there hope for having Fluffy with me and not losing out professionally?

A: Like you, having our dog with us while we work is one of our joys of working from home. Over the years we've gone from having Scotties to Whippets to Italian Greyhounds to our current Toy Manchester. While we can't imagine living without a dog, sharing a home office with one can challenge even the most indulgent pet owner. As a result, we've learned some basic rules of home office canine etiquette:

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