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How to Convince Your Boss to Allow Dogs in the Office

Updated on September 22, 2014

Dogs at Work = Increased Productivity

More and more companies are allowing employees to bring their dogs into work because they're starting to realize what dog owners already know: Dogs make people smile, start conversations and make the day a whole lot more enjoyable. And, business owners and managers know that happy employees equal increased productivity. Just because your company doesn't currently allow pets in the office doesn't mean that the policy can't change. Perhaps it was never even brought up for discussion or maybe the boss isn't aware of all the things dogs can do to increase the company's bottom line (that'll perk your boss's ears up)!

What Perfect Timing... - ...Take Your Dog to Work Day is Friday, June 20th, 2014

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Dogs in the Workplace Facts

Did you know...

The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) recently conducted a survey with companies who allow pets in the workplace. The results confirmed the benefits of allowing employees to bring their four-legged family members into work with them:

  • 73% said that having pets in the office increased productivity.
  • 58% of employees worked longer hours when their pets were in the office with them.
  • 73% said having pets in the office lead to a more creative environment.
  • 27% noticed a decrease in employees being absent (of course, who wouldn't look forward to going into work with a ready-to-pet furry, cuddly pooch there)! In addition, none of the companies surveys reported an increase in absenteeism.
  • 100% agree that pets in the office reduces stress and relaxes employees.
  • 96% said that pets create positive work relations.

Office pets MUST be a good idea...

100% of the companies surveyed said they would continue to allow pets in the workplace!

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DOGS AT WORK presents the tangible benefits of dog-friendly policies in employee morale, staff retention, and increased human-animal bonding and provides step-by-step advice on obtaining management buy-in, setting fair procedures and protocols, and dealing with any concerns once dog-friendly policies are in place. DOGS AT WORK also includes detailed advice on how to prepare your dog for the office environment and case studies on how dog-friendly policies have succeeded at two nationally known organizations.


10 Tips for a Successful Office Dog Day

After you get your boss's permission (how could he/she possibly say no after reading this article?) go through these quick tips to pave the way for the smoothest possible first day of your dog going to the office. And, who knows, if day one goes well, dogs in the office might just become a new daily trend!

Tip#1: Make sure your dog is really office ready. Does your dog interact well with strangers? Is your dog overly hyper? Does your dog chew and destroy everything in his/her path? Is your dog house trained? Does your dog have a habit of biting people? Does your dog jump up on strangers? Ask yourself these important questions. If your dog is not the calm, sociable type, he/she may not be a good candidate for going into work with you. No matter how much you want your pooch there with you. Otherwise, you may end up angering your co-workers or worse, one of them may end up getting hurt!

Tip #2: See if any of your co-workers are allergic to or afraid of dogs or if they are opposed to dogs in the office (boo hiss).

Tip #3: Take a walk around the office to make sure that there's nothing dangerous to your pooch lying around. For instance, mousetraps, exposed electrical wires, etc.

Tip #4: Go outside your office and plan where your dog is going to relieve him/herself. Be sure that it's in an area that would be acceptable to management. Also, be sure to bring waste bags with you to work. There's no faster way to get complaints aobut "bring your dog to work day" than when an employee steps in a pile of poop.

Tip #5: Pack a goodie bag for your dog the night before the "big day". Include dog treats, chew toys and other dog toys (preferably non-squeaky ones), waste bags, water bowl, etc.

Tip #6: Give your dog a nice bath and a good grooming the night before. People (especially non dog lovers) prefer clean, sweet-smelling dogs. If you want dogs in the office to become a regular thing, it's best for your dog to make a really good first impression.

Tip #7: At work, keep your dog on a leash unless he/she is in your sectioned-off office or in a secured area. You may want to bring a baby gate or two so that you can keep your dog contained.

Tip #8: Let people come to your dog, not the other way around. Don't worry, dog lovers will make themselves known and will be excited to meet your adorable pooch. However, there are plenty of people who are not comfortable around dogs or who are even afraid of them. The last thing they want is for you to bring your dog into their space for a forced introduction.

Tip #9: Be sure your dog gets enough water throughout the day, limit the amount of dog treats people give and don't forget to take your dog out for potty breaks.

Tip #10: If things don't go well, be prepared to abandon ship. If for some reason your dog doesn't do well in an office environment, just go ahead and bring him/her back home.

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What do you think about dogs in the office? - Good idea or bad?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I asked for permission, which was granted, the dog respected all the above rules, but after a while co-workers started complaining, for no specific reason, just "what if...". This led management to withdraw permission, even though nothing bad/dangerous/... had ever happened.

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      BusinessSarah 6 years ago

      What a great article! It's always a happy day at work when Data comes along -- I see more smiles on faces those days than most dog-free weeks!

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      the-good-stuff 6 years ago

      Don't have pets myself, but I love it when coworkers bring their dogs to work.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It's a great idea, my boss brings her pooch a few days a week, at first she was a disraction, but now she's part of e team, we all love having her ther with us. The adjustment period was short and went really well. Humm, I wonder if her name will go in the Christmas exchange hat?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I will HAVE to send this article to my boss!!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Excellent idea!