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Do Dogs Belong in the Workplace?

Gina and Sanchez visit the Care2 office

Two years ago on Take your Dog to Work Day, I was in Louisville, CO, at the offices of Sounds True – our wonderful publisher for Through a Dog’s Ear and a Care2 partner. While there, I interviewed owner and founder Tami Simon, who said, “having dogs in the workplace humanizes the people. They stop to pet the dogs, and pause for beauty. And there is a warmth that comes from having the dogs with us. We are coming together as a community to actualize our lives and have more fulfilling day to day lives. Dogs add to that quality. When people feel part of a community, they are much more likely to enjoy their work.” The Sounds True dogs are so famous that they even have their own webpage. At the top of the page, you’ll find a quote by Tami’s adorable Cocker Spaniel, Jasmine: “Spiritual awakening would be nice, but first I’d like to learn how to open the fridge.”

I work from home these days. But, when I owned my music school, Sanchez and later Gina accompanied me daily. Sanchez pretty much grew up there and loved his job of greeting students. To this day, I’m convinced that he inspired many students to keep playing music.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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5:59PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Yes, as long as:
1- The dog is clean, calm, well-behaved, not aggressive with co-workers or customers;
2- The structure of the office/shop is appropriate;
3- Large dogs are accepted too.

1:48AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

I think you should be able to bring your pets to work or school, unless they would really disturb you or others (ie allegry), or if you work at the hosiptal etc. My poor dog was howling all day when I was at school and my mum at work, but when we were together she was all good & quiet.

3:33PM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

aww. i like the idea.. except.. what about allergies and problems with not as friendly dogs?

6:05PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

What a great idea, obviously if it's not in a food environment.

6:06AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

voted :) thanks for sharing :)

12:56AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Elize, who is going to decide what is appropriate as a "place" and what's not if there is some "blanket" day or rule? I don't want to go to my doctor's office and have him come in to examine me with his drooling St. Bernard at his side, or his Chihuahua barking and shaking, wanting to be held. I don't want to go to my grocery store and have clerks and shelf stockers walking around with their dogs, either. If some clerk at a convenience store, sitting behind a counter has his/her dog sitting back there, no big deal. Does that make sense?

12:52PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Fabulous idea. The only thing I see as a potential problem would be those pet owners with dogs that are out of control who don't acknowledge it. What do you do then? But for doggies that are well-behaved, their therapeutic and social value is immeasurable. Great article!

12:48PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Animals are like children, some you can take to the mall others you cant. The way they were raised. All in all a good things to teach people and animals to get along with one another. Animals can also be very therapeutic for the human race (did I say human - what is so humane about humans these days). Can be a good partnership if handled correctly.

7:04AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

It really depends on the workplace. Some would be great and others would be a bad idea. As much as I love animals, some people have serious fears, allergies or other reasons to not want dogs at their workplace. Much depends on temperament and training and I think being certified as a Canine Good Citizen would be a must for workplaces that have members of the public coming in.

1:45AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

As long as they're well behaved and not crawling all over other people, think it's great!

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