Share this content

Would you let a client bring a dog into a meeting?

or any other pet, or farmyard animal for that matter.............

Didn't find your answer?

This morning i read some hoo-ha about Wilko letting people bring dogs in store (although this apparently isnt a new thing in some stores, it seems it will be expanded).  I have seen some idiot wantering round a clothes shop with their dog on a lead, and apparently House of Fraser allow it.  Obviously you cant go to a coffee shop or cafe without it being full of hounds these days.

It used to be the case that the local country pub had a dog roaming round it, and/or used to accept regulars bringing their dogs in (just off to walk the dog, love = code fo rnipping down the road for a couple of pints.  No wonder the dog gets so fat despite regular two hour walks).  That was fine.  Now, however, everywhere seems to be clamouring to be "dog friendly".  Cafes were bad enough but shops now?  Should I avoid the bottom shelves at the supermaket in case some mutt has been licking my lettuce?  I saw a friend post on Facebook recently a picture with their dog on a plane!  Not in a cargo area  where you might expect - sat down in front of their seat!

Will clients soon be bringing their dogs to meetings?  I have had a few bring theirs into the office and stand by reception, if popping in halfway through their dog-jog or whatever.  What if Farmer Giles wants to bring Bessie the cow?  Or a rooster or something?  Is that acceptable?  Or should we take a stand and tell them to leave their pets at home, or tie them up outside?

Replies (51)

Please login or register to join the discussion.

avatar
By Tax Dragon
14th Feb 2022 08:32

We have a rule that all attendees at meetings (other than the initial 59 minute freebies for non-clients) must have gone through our AML process.

Thanks (4)
avatar
By Catherine Newman
14th Feb 2022 08:33

Our village has a monthly coffee shop in the village hall. There was one this weekend. 5 dogs got taken in. I even expressed my surprise to friends who said they were probably on a walk and popped in. They could have gone home and come back without the dogs. In the good old days when we had a local Inspector of Taxes, a client attended an investigation with his new born baby in a car seat on the Inspector's desk without asking first. Luckily nothing got said about it.

Thanks (1)
Replying to Catherine Newman:
avatar
By SXGuy
14th Feb 2022 08:37

To be fair I'd probably allow the baby more than a pet. It's not like you can put it in a crate for a few hours.

Thanks (5)
Replying to Catherine Newman:
avatar
By Mr_awol
14th Feb 2022 08:50

I am more tolerant of dogs in places in the summer. In winter - and particularly if it's raining, whilst i can see the attraction to getting out of the cold and wet and having a hot drink, i think it's pretty selfish to expect other patrons to put up with the stench of damp dog. In fact i think it's pretty ride to take a dog to any kind of eatery - although of course coffee shops and pubs are often not formally set out as defined dining areas.

Kids are a different matter and sometimes they have to come as it just cant be helped. I've had meetings with clients where a bored toddler has caused havoc and I've just tried to get it done - if the meeting is important/technical perhaps I'll suggest we reconvene. Babies, no problem as they are often asleep or can be held - or fed if need be.

Thanks (0)
avatar
By SXGuy
14th Feb 2022 08:36

Used to have an ex client do it. Never asked if it was OK, just turned up with the dog.

To be fair, the dog did used to just lay next to her the whole time. But it did annoy me that she thought it was OK to not ask first.

Thanks (0)
ALISK
By atleastisoundknowledgable...
14th Feb 2022 08:51

Had a couple of kids (8&10?) sit in our ‘reception area’ and do some colouring. We’re an open plan office so it felt a bit weird discussing their parents finances about 5 metres away from them.

Thanks (0)
By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
14th Feb 2022 09:14

I don't even allow people in.

Id never get time to post on here if I had face to face meetings.

Thanks (9)
avatar
By Yossarian
14th Feb 2022 09:21

It's quite common for my own three dogs to be in my meetings. I only let client's dogs in if they get on with my dogs.

Thanks (4)
Tornado
By Tornado
14th Feb 2022 09:34

We are fairly flexible with this but do draw the line at elephants as they never flush the toilet after they have used it.

Thanks (5)
Replying to Tornado:
paddle steamer
By DJKL
14th Feb 2022 09:31

They are also a bu**er re leaving footprints in the butter.

Thanks (4)
paddle steamer
By DJKL
14th Feb 2022 09:30

When I worked in a pub in the late 70s we had a canine customer, Glenn, that used to bring his human, Willie, to the pub. Glenn was a Great Dane with the party piece that if you placed a packet of crisps on the bar for him he would stand up at the bar, pick up the crisps with his mouth, then drop then on the floor, place one front paw on the packet and pop open the packet using his other front paw. He would also on occasion partake of a spot of ale from a clean ashtray though this needed to be provided for him, even he could not manage to pour a beer.

Glenn was a common sight around Comely Bank/Stockbridge, Willie worked as a mechanic at the local garage and Glenn spent his days either at the garage or wandering around the area by himself, the friendliest dog I ever met.

Thanks (1)
Replying to DJKL:
Red Leader
By Red Leader
14th Feb 2022 11:47

So Glenn was Danish?

Thanks (1)
avatar
By mbee1
14th Feb 2022 09:41

We're very dog and child friendly. Although I rarely go in the office these days as I'm working from home, i have taken mine in on occasions as has another staff member. No one minds and we have had the odd client bring a dog in.

I think well behaved dogs should be allowed more or less everywhere. Our local retail park has "dogs welcome" stickers on most of the shop windows.

Thanks (5)
Replying to mbee1:
avatar
By Mr_awol
14th Feb 2022 10:25

mbee1 wrote:

I think well behaved dogs should be allowed more or less everywhere. Our local retail park has "dogs welcome" stickers on most of the shop windows.

This is exactly the type of initiative/problem that encourages these people.

I would never dream of taking my dog into a shop with me. I don't want to buy clothes, food, or anything else that someone's (particularly if wet) dog has rubbed up against, drooled on, etc. I also don't want to be indoors when someone's "well behaved" dog starts barking at another one and i definitely don't want it whilst I'm eating.

Unfortunately if the current trend for "dog-friendly" places continues, there will become an expectation that we should let them into our offices too.

Thanks (3)
avatar
By sanone
14th Feb 2022 09:53

First thought, it's not April 1st already...
Second thought, I'd worry (or not) about it when it happens.

And finally I routinely have had my dog in the office once a week for the past several year and have some clients asking when Bertie will be in so they can say hello. Yes I run a small friendly practice.

Thanks (2)
ghm
By TaxTeddy
14th Feb 2022 10:46

We have a strict Guinea pigs only rule. The only exception are support chinchillas.

Thanks (5)
avatar
By Jane Wanless
14th Feb 2022 11:29

I like dogs, but unfortunately if I get too close to one my eyes stream and I get a runny nose. I'd therefore need notice to take anti-histamines before a doggy meeting.
If dogs are going to be in shops, I may be doing more internet shopping!

Thanks (1)
Replying to janewanless:
Tornado
By Tornado
14th Feb 2022 11:53

"if I get too close to one (dog) my eyes stream and I get a runny nose"

Are you sure that the dogs are doing this. I get the same effect together with dizziness, shortness of breath and light headedness every time I have to open my wallet in a shop. I can't quite work out what the problem is, but I don't think it is to do with dogs.

Thanks (1)
Replying to Tornado:
paddle steamer
By DJKL
14th Feb 2022 13:12

I wonder if I can suggest you get your DNA tested to check your family origins and whether any of them hailed from up here? (This may no longer be permitted comment even about one's own heritage)

Thanks (1)
Replying to janewanless:
boxfile
By spilly
14th Feb 2022 12:35

Yes, I’m massively allergic to most animals. When arranging visits to client premises I always ask if there will be any pets around, explaining that I will need to take antihistamines beforehand and that I cannot touch the animal at all.
Most are happy to move the animal to another room or have the meeting elsewhere.
I am finding that more cafes allow dogs in now which means they’ve lost my patronage immediately. Seems like I won’t be shopping in Wilco either soon!

Thanks (2)
avatar
By adam.arca
14th Feb 2022 12:54

I have absolutely no problem with (well behaved) dogs sitting in a meeting, in fact I'd rather them than the kids.

I do agree with the OP, however, that we really ought to be drawing a line before dogs in shops.

Thanks (2)
Slim
By Slim
14th Feb 2022 13:02

Back in the day we had a client who would bring his Labrador into our office every single time, it was a huge contract so even if the dog bit a junior and took a dump on the desk the partner would have smiled along.

Thanks (1)
avatar
By Bob Loblaw
14th Feb 2022 13:04

You should probably wash your lettuce before eating it. If you're icked out by dog saliva, you'd probably be aghast by the multitude of unwashed hands and unsanitary conditions your food passes through before it even hits the shelf. I know that we're only human, and the basic primal urge is always to gorge on the delicious watery bones of the lettuce fruit as soon as we get into the privacy of our cars in the supermarket car park, but you'll save all kinds of gastrointestinal distress if you just hold back the temptation and wait until you're home before you sink your teeth in. What I do is I get the lettuce home, check that my wife and her boyfriend are out for the day then I'll actually kill two birds with one stone and shower with the lettuce in the en suite. It saves time, water and it's nice to have something to hold.

Anyway, love dogs I do.

Thanks (2)
Tornado
By Tornado
14th Feb 2022 13:43

No one has yet mentioned that some religions regard dogs as being unclean which was demonstrated on one rare occasion when we were looking after my son's dog in the office and one client, who came into the office for a meeting, literally ran out and down the road and would only come back to the office later on the proviso that there were no dogs there.

So it is important to remember that not everyone likes dogs, for a variety of good reasons, and the needs of both clients and work colleagues must be taken into account.

Thanks (2)
Avatar
By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
14th Feb 2022 14:07

Our small dog used to [***] its leg to mark its territory, no matter where it was.

That thought put me in mind of my old business partner's bulldog - a sideline business for your's truly - which he'd keep in his garage overnight along with the hundreds of cans of coca-cola and the like that we used in vending machines. We'd sometimes get complaints about the strange taste from people who evidently drank straight from the can.

The loose cakes and pastries in Lidl would be my fear. Bad enough that kiddies paw the bottom rows and pick out currants and so on. Not to mention the rodent droppings, and flies during summer. Add dog fleas and canine territory-marking and you'd have a most unappetising bakery.

Thanks (1)
Replying to I'msorryIhaven'taclue:
avatar
By Mr_awol
14th Feb 2022 14:59

I'msorryIhaven'taclue wrote:

along with the hundreds of cans of coca-cola and the like that we used in vending machines. We'd sometimes get complaints about the strange taste from people who evidently drank straight from the can.

Surely if the cans were put into vending machines the end-user would (almost) always drink from the can? I cant imagine too many people pay a vending machine premium, take the tin how, pour the contents into a glass and then drink it.

Thanks (2)
Replying to Mr_awol:
Avatar
By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
15th Feb 2022 14:09

Well yes, and since many of the vending machines were sited in leisure centres and other recreational venues I don't suppose there'd have been much chance of a straw or a tumbler. Perhaps going to the gym wasn't so healthy after all.

It kind of reminded me of when I was a milk monitor in junior school, when anyone I didn't much care for received a bottle with a pecked-at top or, worse, coated in birdie-cack.

Thanks (0)
avatar
By RobbieT
14th Feb 2022 14:59

I'm fine with someone bringing a dog to a meeting, provided that the client isn't unduly distracted and the dog doesn't try to offer any advice.
What I have found to be eminently more annoying is when a client brings a spouse to a meeting when said spouse is not part of the company or suchlike. Having to deal - politely, in real time - with the utterings of "my mate at the pub" is at the outer realms of what I can accept.

Thanks (1)
Replying to RobbieT:
Avatar
By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
15th Feb 2022 14:13

RobbieT wrote:

I'm fine with someone bringing a dog to a meeting, provided that the client isn't unduly distracted and the dog doesn't try to offer any advice.

That'd be a b*tch!

Thanks (1)
avatar
By Jimess
14th Feb 2022 15:13

When we had an office that was directly on the street front, one or two clients used to bring their dogs into reception with them, but not to meetings. Now we are in an office unit on the second floor it does not happen - the doggies don't like walking up the stairs apparently. However, I once went to a client meeting at a solicitors office where the solicitors clerk sat cuddling a King Charles Spaniel all through the meeting. My client was terrified of dogs and was convinced it kept eyeing us up as it's next breakfast.

Thanks (0)
avatar
By Calculatorboy
14th Feb 2022 15:23

As long as it was well behaved and the records were not too dog eared ..otherwise I'd paws the meeting , and make an excuse I had to go because I was feeling a little ruff.

Thanks (4)
avatar
By bernard michael
15th Feb 2022 09:52

Worse
I have clients who bring their wives with them

Thanks (5)
Replying to bernard michael:
avatar
By mkowl
15th Feb 2022 10:38

bernard michael wrote:

Worse
I have clients who bring their wives with them

LOL

Thanks (0)
Replying to bernard michael:
boxfile
By spilly
15th Feb 2022 13:57

And I have some who bring their husbands.

Thanks (1)
avatar
By colinstewart
15th Feb 2022 10:45

Oh, for goodness sake, get a life, get real!! Russia is just about to invade Ukraine, will they be taking bessie the cow with them? If so, should NATO take a stricker stance. Would it be ok if it were a longhorn perhaps ........ et seq!

Thanks (1)
Replying to colinstewart:
Avatar
By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
15th Feb 2022 16:36

colinstewart wrote:

Oh, for goodness sake, get a life, get real!! Russia is just about to invade Ukraine, will they be taking bessie the cow with them?

My history teacher once told us that the Ruskies famously trained dogs during WW2 to sniff out and woof down sausages affixed to the underside of tanks, before letting the kamikaze canines loose in battle with explosives strapped to them. Which instantly backfired, because rather than use captured Panzers the Russians had instead trained their dogs using Russian tanks.

Thanks (1)
Replying to I'msorryIhaven'taclue:
avatar
By Mr_awol
16th Feb 2022 12:47

The Americans tried copying it too, but gave up fairly quickly.

The Russians are apparently planning on bringing in canine paratroopers this year (no really - check out the video of dogs being dropped from an Mi-8 at 13,000 feet strapped to the paratrooper's harness).

Thanks (0)
avatar
By dmmarler
15th Feb 2022 12:14

No-one has mentioned Assistance Dogs! Not just coming to a client meeting but working for/with the charities that use them. Most of the assistance dogs go through a similar training processes and are perfectly manageable and reasonable in all circumstances - the problem starts when other employees bring their personal dogs with them (think of a large German Shepherd guide dog and a tiny Papillon). The larger assistance dogs can manage doors very easily (including the office kitchen fridge), but the tiny pets can get damaged by the large self-closing office fire doors. You have to have some rules ...

Thanks (1)
Replying to dmmarler:
avatar
By bernard michael
15th Feb 2022 12:24

dmmarler wrote:

No-one has mentioned Assistance Dogs! Not just coming to a client meeting but working for/with the charities that use them. Most of the assistance dogs go through a similar training processes and are perfectly manageable and reasonable in all circumstances - the problem starts when other employees bring their personal dogs with them (think of a large German Shepherd guide dog and a tiny Papillon). The larger assistance dogs can manage doors very easily (including the office kitchen fridge), but the tiny pets can get damaged by the large self-closing office fire doors. You have to have some rules ...


No staff animals allowed on the premises !!!
Thanks (0)
Replying to dmmarler:
avatar
By Mr_awol
15th Feb 2022 13:48

To be fair i wouldnt care if a client brought an assistance dog* nor would i care if one was in a shop, cafe, etc.

It's people forcing their pets upon me i draw the line at. If they call them their 'fur babies' or in any way try to justify it by comparing them to children, even more so.

* By assistance dogs i mean actual assistance dogs for those with eyesight/hearing issues than need such a dog to get around. I don't apply the same tolerance to 'emotional support animals' or other made-up excuses.

Thanks (0)
avatar
By sally1964
15th Feb 2022 12:27

Absolutely, my clients often complain that my dog isn't in the office when they come- happy to have well behaved dogs in my office.

In many areas of the country, Lakes, Cornwall etc its unusual if places do not let in dogs.

My clothes tend to be bought from places where I can take my dog in - Fatface, White Stuff to name a few.
Tend to visit cafes etc more often if the dog can come along.

Thanks (0)
Morph
By kevinringer
15th Feb 2022 13:20

For the last 10 years one of my clients keep saying their dog has ate their records. I want to see this record-eating dog. Might be cheaper than using the secure burn people we currently use.

Thanks (1)
Morph
By kevinringer
15th Feb 2022 13:22

True story: one client stole the guard dog from the scrap yard next door. Yes, honesty, he stole the guard dog because he felt sorry for how it was treated. He took the dog everywhere with him including to our office for meetings, but left it outside. The dog must have thought it was on duty because it would not let anyone in or out of the office.

Thanks (4)
Replying to kevinringer:
avatar
By Rgab1947
17th Feb 2022 10:07

Hilarious.

Thanks (0)
@enanen
By enanen
15th Feb 2022 13:45

We have an Office Dog.

Thanks (0)
Replying to enanen:
avatar
By Open all hours
15th Feb 2022 18:56

Likewise and we have clients (three cases so far) who came to us primarily because he features on the website. They have stayed for better reasons but he thinks it’s all about him.

Thanks (0)
Replying to Open all hours:
avatar
By Hugo Fair
15th Feb 2022 20:26

"he thinks it’s all about him"

That's the difference ... dogs think it's about them, but cats know it's all about them.

Thanks (2)
Replying to enanen:
Avatar
By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
15th Feb 2022 22:20

enanen wrote:

We have an Office Dog.

Havapoo?

Thanks (1)
avatar
By MCV71
16th Feb 2022 11:38

I always ask clients to put dogs away ever since an appointment where a dog put its jaws over my crotch and I feared my appendage (word to get around the filter) would become a water sprinkler

Thanks (1)
avatar
By Rgab1947
17th Feb 2022 10:06

You don't like dogs do you.

Thanks (0)

Pages

Share this content