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Take Your Dog to Work Day

The following article was written by Lauren Gordon, who is PETA’s celebrity marketing coordinator and also a certified holistic health counselor.

Does your favorite coworker have four legs and a tail? It’s a good possibility since more and more offices are opening their doors to employees’ canine companions! Companies such as Google, Amazon, Urban Decay, and PETA (of course!) allow dogs in the office, to the delight of staffers and their furry friends.

Dogs in the workplace have been reported to boost morale, increase productivity, and foster a greater sense of camaraderie among coworkers. According to a survey by the American Pet Products Association, companies that allow companion animals in the workplace see a lower rate of employee absenteeism and more willingness to work longer hours. Happier employees mean more productive employees—so having furry friends around is a win-win situation for both employees and employers!

One of the perks of working at PETA is that my canine companion, Penny, gets to accompany me to the office. She relishes all the attention and extra treats from other employees (who are equally excited to see her as she is them) and enjoys hanging out with the other canine staff members, Riley and Sophie. Penny loves being with me all day, and I can ensure that she isn’t lonely while I’m working.

This Friday, June 24, 2011, is “Take Your Dog to Work” Day, an annual event during which dog guardians are encouraged to bring their furry friends to work for the day. Started in 1999, “Take Your Dog to Work” Day celebrates the human-canine bond and promotes animal adoption by celebrating the wonderful companions that dogs make. The “Take Your Dog to Work” Day website offers a ton of tips and handy downloadable guides to help ensure that bringing your dog to work will be a safe and positive experience for your dog and your coworkers. Check them out, and consider asking your employer if your office can participate.

Are you planning on participating in “Take Your Dog to Work” Day this year? Does your workplace allow dogs year round? Let us know below about your experiences with companion animals in the workplace!

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  • DC Smiles says:

    DC Smiles is the dental practice of Dr. Lawrence Singer based in Alexandria, VA. What makes us most unique is our pet therapy dog, Dicso! Disco is the doctor’s 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier who greets our patients 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Disco, unlike most humans, gets so excited to go to work in the mornings and is always the first one to the car! If there’s a patient that’s uneasy about a procedure, Disco calms their nerves by climbing in their lap in the dentist’s chair. At DC Smiles, we agree that having our four-legged friends at work not only boosts morale, but improves patient satisfaction!

  • Lisamilr says:

    That picture is just too precious. I have a Dalmatian named Daisy. I don’t work outside the home anymore but she’s right here with me all day with those loving eyes :)

  • Brie, FlexJobs says:

    My company, FlexJobs.com, is celebrating Take Your Dog to Work Day. As a team of telecommuters, one of the great benefits of working at home is the added time spent with our pets, which provides so many health and wellness benefits. Here’s a link to our TYDTWD blog post, complete with pictures of our furry friends! http://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/flexjobs-celebrates-take-your-dog-to-work-day

  • Anduska says:

    I’m working in a small office with 5 people and taking my dog to work would not disturb anyone at all, but when a few years ago I’ve asked my boss about it (who never comes to our office) he refused the possibility and threatened me with firing if ever he sees any animal in the office….

  • Christina Wenger says:

    I highly DOUBT that it would boost my productivity to have dogs in the Office..I would be playing nonstop with them rather than doing my job;)

  • Linda says:

    I suggested a take your dog to work day once but they were worried about the people that may have allergies. Bummer!

  • Lollypop says:

    I work in a dog friendly office and we all take our dogs in some days there are 6 running round the office – our clients love it and so do our pooches – we work longer because we aren’t rushing to get home to them! and we are fitter as we all get out and walk them in our lunch hour instead of sitting at our desks stuffing junk!!

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