How do I tell my boss I hate his dog?

Office pets aren't for everyone. Just be honest (well, up to a point), says Jeremy Bullmore.

by Jeremy Bullmore
Last Updated: 25 Oct 2016

Q. I can't stand my boss's dog. He brings the mutt into the office most days and all my colleagues love her; they even take turns walking her. I can't tell my boss that I have an innate dislike of dogs (he treats her like his own child) and I can't escape the damn thing as we're in a small, open plan office. Help!

Jeremy Bullmore says: I'm not sure why you can't tell your boss that you have an innate dislike of dogs. It's a fact, and you do. He's much more likely to be upset if he thinks that it's only his dog you can't stand.

And whatever you say or don't say, your body language in the office is certain to make your feelings all too apparent.

To make your aversion seem less unreasonable, you should maybe invent a scary, childhood, dog-related incident. (There may even have been one?)

Jeremy Bullmore is a former creative director and chairman of J Walter Thompson London. Email him your problems at editorial@managementtoday.com. Regrettably, no correspondence can be entered into.

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