Take Your Dog To Work Day With Kilo the Pug
Dogs at Work?
June 26th is National Take Your Dog to Work Day. Apparently millions of dogs go to work with their owners every day in north America? Does yours? Are people and dogs that go to work together healthier?
Kilo the Pug works with me most days. He needs regular mental and physical exercise and loves my company. I could not leave him home alone all day and he would not do well with a dog walker or at day care. He is now the official mascot, product tester, exercise buddy/Fit Dog, pug hugger and inspiration on Talent Hounds.
#takeyourdog was started to promote adoption. I actually found Kilo through working with local rescue organizations on our Rescues Rock campaign.
Kilo and I are lucky. I am my own boss and work from home on dog-related projects. The people that work for and with me love dogs. My business partner also adopted a dog this year. Small sociable companion dogs can generally adapt to a work environment and schedule. Kilo is great in my home office with people he knows. We are more concerned and informed about pet health and wellness because of him and he often lightens the mood with his antics and affection. However, he would not do well in a bigger office with strangers coming and going. He is not obedient and gets very anxious. It would not be safe or fun for him or others and would be very stressful for me.
This is Pet Sitters International’s 17th annual Take Your Dog To Work Day® Businesses around the globe will open their doors to employees’ canine co-workers to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to promote pet adoption. To ensure a peaceful, productive day of human and canine camaraderie, Pet Sitters International (PSI) has made a free 2015 Take Your Dog To Work Day Action Pack available at takeyourdog.com and seven tips to ensure success.
Pros and Cons of Dogs in The Workplace
Research shows that people who interact with pets tend to be happier and healthier, and that dogs can help ease anxiety for many people. I know Kilo gets me up walking every 2 hours and makes me laugh. We are both better off. Certainly dogs can provide wonderful therapy in places of work like hospitals and schools. Major companies like Google, Ben & Jerry’s, Build-A-Bear Workshop and Amazon that allow people to bring their dogs are included in lists of top places to work. A recent Central Michigan University study found that dogs in the workplace can lead to more trust between co-workers and more collaboration among team members.
My bank and my local Starbucks allow clients to bring in their dogs (on the assumption that they are well trained/safe). However, I just discovered that retailer Home Depot has now banned dogs as an employee was reportedly bitten. Most of my local food retailers and restaurants do not allow dogs citing health and safety issues. I have a friend whose large dog went to the office and had bathroom accidents, made messes and invaded people’s personal space. It is a sweet dog, but it made several people very uncomfortable. I don’t think it loved being there either. One person also complained about allergies.
A Hard Day’s Work?
Kilo can only take looking at the books or himself for so long. A day at the office can be very tiring.
I know it works for Kilo and I at Talent hounds. What do you think? Should “bring your dog to work day” be every day? Do you work with your dog?