Barking mad? Bringing your dog to work can be a great idea.

Hugo Teggs Nose March 2016

There is a real pleasure in having your dog at your feet when you are working. The occasional pat on the head or a glance down at those big brown, adoring eyes can be a real moment of relief when you are really busy or the stresses of the day are starting to get to you.

There is a lot of evidence to suggest that, as any dog owner will tell you, pets are a great stress relief treatment. There is even evidence that pets can help with more severe problems such as depression. This is not news to anyone who has ever come home after a bad day and had their furry buddy curl up next to them. Many companies around the world are now allowing dogs in the workplace for this very reason. Having a dog in the workplace can lead to happier workers and a more relaxed atmosphere.

If you are thinking of allowing a dog-friendly work environment, then there is plenty of advice on the right way to do so on the internet, but as always check the source is a reliable one. Right at the top of the list of priorities is, of course, the welfare of the animal. Your priority questions are basically the same rules you would apply to anywhere you were taking your dog.

As usual, the initial decision will come down to a few common sense questions. For example:

And so on… It’s really just about being a responsible owner and remembering that not everyone has the same attachment to your pet that you do.

There is such a benefit to having a dog around that some sources estimate that as many as 1 in 5 US businesses are now dog-friendly. I can promise you experience of having a dog in the workplace is nothing but positive. Why not trial it yourself?

P.S. The photo of the dog is my cockapoo, Hugo 

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