Canine co-working is taking off and more businesses in UK and around the world are becoming dog friendly as they welcome well-behaved pooches into the office. Last year thousands of dogs took part in the annual Bring Your Dog To Work Day and more dogs are accompanying their owners to work throughout the year.
Taking a dog to the office can be very enriching for dogs as well as the staff in the office and since its launch in 2014 Bring Your Dog To Work Day has grown in popularity with lots of celebrities and large organisations getting involved as everyone benefits from having their four legged best friends with them during the working day.
To make sure your dog has the very best first day at work, there are a few things extra that you are going to need to bring with you to work.Things to think about;
Before you and your best friend can enjoy your time together at work, you need to think about how you are going to get there. Your usual commute may be very different with a dog in tow. You may need to take a different mode of transport.Things to think about:
Let's talk toileting. Puppies in the office are cute but while they might be housebroken at home, it might not be the same at work. Remember this is a new environment for your hound and your office's funky use of artificial grass in place of carpets could cause issues no one wants.Things to think about:
Take into account your dog’s personality - are they people dogs, friendly or reserved? If they are shy or not that friendly warn colleagues, like people some dogs can be overwhelmed by the attention and too much petting.Things to think about:
Even if your dog is not a chewer at home the office cables might be irresistible – bring lots of chew toys to distract them from having a nibble on interesting tasty looking wiresThings to think about;
Don't forget bringing your dog to work should be a fantastic and fun experience, for you, your dog and your colleagues.
Many scientific studies have concluded that the presence of pets can substantially reduce a person’s stress level in the workplace.
Increased job satisfaction, team co-operation and morale have all been reported in employees that spend the workday with their pets.
In fact, a study published by the International Journal of Workplace Health Management (2010) concluded that the presence of dogs in the work place even had a positive effect on those employees who didn’t have a dog of their own.
So in addition to raising for animal welfare charities, Bring Your Dog To Work Day is likely to boost the productivity and happiness of the employees within your company.
Who knows, Bring Your Dog To Work Day could be the start of your dog becoming a more permanent fixture in your workplace.