Work With a Dog: Take your Dog to Work Day

By Lisa Spector, Canine Music Expert, Juilliard Graduate, and co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear.

This Friday, June 24, is Take your Dog to Work Day. TYDTWDay® was started by Pet Sitters International in 1999 as a way to promote pet adoption and celebrate our great companion dogs. Pet Sitters International invites your business to participate in this fun event. Click here to read suggestions by TYDTWDay® on how to get involved in this fun event.

Sanchez in my Office Chair

The Economist reported on research from Central Michigan University that shows pets also create a more productive atmosphere for employees. And research by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (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?

Have you ever brought your pet to work? Do you do so regularly? Thanks for commenting below and sharing your experiences. And stay tuned for my blog on Wednesday. I’ll be sharing photos of my dogs in the Care2 offices and reporting on dog friendly companies.

As co-founder of Through a Dog’s Ear, I am offering my Care2 readers a free download from our latest release, Music to Calm your Canine Companion, Vol. 3. Simply click here and enter your email address and a link to the free download will be delivered to your inbox for you and your canine household to enjoy.


Marg Tyrell
Margaret Tyrell3 years ago

Sounds sweet but not everyone is a dog lover. Could cause trouble at work?

John chapman
John chapman3 years ago

I was working on my truck under the carport.

Lucy had the good sense to stay in the house with the air.

M Quann
M Q3 years ago

Cool idea, the date may be wrong, it's Friday & on my calendar it's June 20!!!

Anne S.
Anne S3 years ago

Lucky me, I work at home, my dog is always by my side. :)

Margaret snowden
3 years ago

As much as we love our three rescued 'muppets' to take them into work would be a disaster, they adore people (will not leave them alone) try and help me type (not productive) would steal every snack going (hungry irate staff) and one of our dogs makes pretty awful smells at alarmingly regular intervals (office window open in winter) overcoats springs to mind. If you have normal, well behaved dogs, fantastic idea, sadly ours are all bonkers in the nicest possible way!

Stefania C.
Stefania C6 years ago

I'll tell my boss... No, in fact I won't :((

Bridget M.
Past Member 6 years ago

I think this is a situation that calls for common sense. Not all dogs are cut out for the workplace and not all workplaces are appropriate for dogs. Know your dog. I've had dogs I wouldn't let sniff the neighbor without months of training and dogs who were ready to perform from day one.

colleen p.
colleen p6 years ago

what if someone has a not perfect behaved dog? or their dog has medical digestive system problems that result in them stinking very bad?

Bridget M.
Past Member 6 years ago

I brought my dog with me a couple of times when I volunteered at an animal shelter. Unfortunately, he was too shy at that point to use as a pet therapy dog. Right now I'm not able to work a traditional job, but caring for my dad who has Alzheimer's has become a job of sorts. I've been bringing my dog over to see if he would get along with my dad and possibly work out as a therapy dog. It went really well and we all had a good time.

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B6 years ago

Good idea!