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Should I Take My Dog to Work?

Should I Take My Dog to Work?

Should I take my dog to work? Since the return to our offices, it appears that not just our pets have suffered from a little separation anxiety. As the world slowly begins to turn back to a new kind of normal, workdays without our canine companions really aren’t as fulfilling as they once were, leaving many of us feeling a little blue when Monday comes around again. 

For those of us lucky enough to have workplaces accommodating for our furry friends, weighing up whether or not to bring your pooch into the office can be a troublesome task. With both pros and cons to spending the day with your canine companion by your side on your 9-5, here’s a helping hand to make that decision a whole lot easier.

Pro #1 Improve Mental Health

Starting with the positives is always the best for any list and this one is no different. Separation anxiety can be a real issue with our canine companions and can lead to behavioral and physical problems from destructive chewing to gastrointestinal upset.

Bringing your furry companion with you to the office can help alleviate the worry of being apart and you can know your dog is safe and sound by your side. 

For those returning to work after a period of illness or working from home, having your dog alongside you can help to reduce your own anxiety by having a piece of comfort and safety (with a waggy tail) by your side.

Pro #2 Increased Exercise

For those working long hours and who may struggle to exercise your dog during the day whilst at work, having your dog with you can help increase both your levels of exercise. Despite their amazing abilities to last indoors throughout the day, breaking up your lunch hour with a simple stroll or walkies with your dog can help boost both your and your dog’s fitness in no time.

Pro #2 Increased Exercise

For those working long hours and who may struggle to exercise your dog during the day whilst at work, having your dog with you can help increase both your levels of exercise. Despite their amazing abilities to last indoors throughout the day, breaking up your lunch hour with a simple stroll or walkies with your dog can help boost both your and your dog’s fitness in no time.

Pro #3 Supports Socialisation

Socialisation is one of the most important training tools in your dog’s life. Whether it be socialising with other dogs or humans, interacting with others really can help contribute to an all-around happier and healthier pooch. 

Taking your dog to work will allow them to socialise with strangers and other humans they necessarily wouldn’t come across every day. Your dog can experience a plethora of new noises, sights, and smells helping them to become a less anxious, more approachable, and stress-free dog.

Cons #1 Check Your Company’s Policy

Like many businesses, bringing a dog into the office often requires a visit to HR. Often dogs require health checks by your local vet, specific paperwork, and even insurance details before entering work premises for the day. 

It is vital that you always check with your company’s policies before bringing your dog to work as despite our complete love and adoration for our furry friend, Health and Safety measures have to be adhered to in any place of work.

Cons #1 Check Your Company’s Policy

Like many businesses, bringing a dog into the office often requires a visit to HR. Often dogs require health checks by your local vet, specific paperwork, and even insurance details before entering work premises for the day. 

It is vital that you always check with your company’s policies before bringing your dog to work as despite our complete love and adoration for our furry friend, Health and Safety measures have to be adhered to in any place of work.

Cons #2 Insurance Increase

We all hate the rising costs facing us over the past few years and just the simple act of taking your dog to work can raise the price of your pet’s insurance. Needing specific insurance for “dogs at work” – if your dog has an unfortunate accident whilst at your work and you didn’t inform your insurance prior – you could be faced with an insurance claim voided before you even start. 

Ultimately, taking your dog into any workplace comes with both positives and negatives in any environment. Despite our need to be around our canine companions all the time, having space between you can actually strengthen your bond, create independence and make those waggy tails at the end of the day even more precious to look forward to!

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