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Do Dogs Belong At The Office?

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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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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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3:23PM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

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!

8:30AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

7:41AM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

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.

6:53PM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

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.

7:56PM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

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.

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8:47PM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

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!

9:52AM PDT on Jul 5, 2013


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