Do Dogs Belong At The Office?

Take Your Dog to Work Day is today, June 21. TYDTWDay® was started back in 1999 by Pet Sitters International as a way to promote pet adoption and celebrate our great companion dogs. I can only guess how few companies were dog friendly in 1999, so this was probably a very novel concept. However, currently 20 percent of U.S. employers allow people to bring their pets to work daily, usually dogs, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA).

Many workers are so devoted to their pets that they’ll only consider taking jobs where they can bring them along. is a job searching site that lists job openings of companies that will also allow you to bring along Fido. A poll conducted by Dogster and Simply Hired found that 66 percent of the 150 dog owners surveyed would work longer hours if their dog was with them. And 30 percent would even take a 5 percent pay cut to bring along Fido.

While some may think these dogs belong to crazy pet parents, research has shown that there are many benefits for dog-friendly companies. As long as dogs are well-mannered, the work environment is friendlier and more productive. Google offices are known for their innovation and fun factor. So, it’s probably not so surprising that their offices are dog friendly. I spoke with a Google employee from the Mountain View, California office and asked why. Google works to enhance the quality of their work place. And if a dog is an important part of an employee’s life, then Google feels it helps keeps their employees happy. And when outsiders visit, they smile and are very entertained by the dogs. But, the dogs aren’t running around wild all day. They are happy lying by their companion’s side quietly. It’s also not unusual to find dogs lying patiently just outside the Google cafeteria. And it helps that there is a dog park a block away from Google.


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The Economist reported on research from Central Michigan University that shows pets also create a more productive atmosphere for employees. And research by APPMA shows that pet friendly companies see less employee absenteeism as well as a willingness of workers to put in longer hours. It makes sense. If they don’t have to rush home to walk Fido, what’s the hurry?

Barby Abney works in a law office and brings her dog, Millie (Beagle/ Shepherd mix), to work with her every day. She says, “Millie is our unofficial greeter. She helps relax a great many of our clients.”

A few years ago, I interviewed Sounds True owner and founder Tami Simon on TYDTWDay®. She 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.” Watch the video for more of her perspective on why her company is dog-friendly.

Have you ever brought your pet to work? Do you do so regularly? If you don’t have a dog, have your co-workers brought theirs? Do you think dogs belong at the office? Thanks for commenting below and taking our poll.

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Rosemary H.
Rosemary H4 years ago

I note what Heidi has to say. On the other hand, next door's dogs cry when their owners are at work. However, if they could take them to work, they might have to train them better!

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Suju Bala
Suju Bala4 years ago

i think it is a beautiful idea to bring dogs to work.. definitely it brings loads of warmth and happiness to the employee and reduces the tension at work place. Dogs are, in my opinion, have a capacity to reduce stress and make a person feel good just by their presence.. they have a healing and relaxing effect on all beings who love them.. i consider dogs to be love itself in a visible form.. and their presence is heaven of joy. i love them all, every single one of them.

PrimaAWAY B.
PrimaAWAY B4 years ago

I think it's a great idea as long as everyone is comfortable with it, a pet friendly work place and you do need a pretty well behaved pet. I think it makes a happier day for everyone.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R4 years ago

If your pet is well-behaved, it would be a blessing to have your pet at work. Just stroking his head or belly for a short while calms and centers me. This can be done while I'm on the phone, in a meeting/conference, a conversation with a peer, etc. Not only do I love it but even those without pets of their own enjoy having him there. I even get requests to have him go to another office to visit for a while.

Tom Tree
Tom T4 years ago


Tom Tree
Tom T4 years ago


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Heidi Behnke
Heidi Behnke4 years ago

I am opposed to having dogs in public places based on several negative experiences with dogs. These are the owners that say"oh, they'll lick you to death they're so sweet". These are the same animals that bite off innocent children's faces & other horrible tragedies. I have contacted the corporate offices of "Big Box" stores to educate myself on their policies, as I've had encounters with large pit bulls & had to alter my shopping to get to a "safe aisle". They DO NOT allow dogs into their stores, but the employees don't enforce their policy. I guess it will take a customer getting bit, or worse, to enforce what I feel is a common sense approach to public safety. Dogs are animals, not children/human beings & can behave in instinctual ways if provoked by very subtle actions. Enjoy your dogs at home in the comfort of your own home, & don't impose your beliefs on others. Respect!

Marianne Good
Past Member 4 years ago