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Bring your dog to work day

Jun 21, 2017

On the 23rd June each year, businesses across the UK join together to celebrate ‘Bring your dog to work day’. The holiday raises awareness for the health and well-being of our fury friends by having employees welcome them into the workplace. 

All money raised for the day is provided to the charities “All Dogs Matter” (a re-homing charity for dogs in London and Norfolk) and “Animals Asia” (a charity dedicated to helping dogs, cats and bears in China and Vietnam).

In this blog, we look at how dogs help create a positive atmosphere in the office, improve staff morale and actually assist in your business’ growth, proving their title as man’s best friend.

Working dogs

There are many different breeds of working dogs, all of which play a vital part in today’s modern society. Here are a few examples of true canine intelligence:

• Police dogs

Police dogs assist with crime investigations and criminal pursuits. They are trained in athleticism, aggression and are there protect their handlers at all times. Police dogs are commonly the German Sheppard breed.

• Detection  dogs

Commonly known as “sniffer dogs”, these intelligent animals train and work in sniffing out any suspicious substances such as drugs, blood and explosives. There are many different breeds that are used for this type of job – Bloodhounds, Beagles, English Springer Spaniels and Pointers are amongst a few. 

• Military dogs

Much like Police dogs, military working dogs protect and assist the armed forces in scouting, detection, tracking and search and rescue often during dangerous missions.

• Search and rescue dogs

These highly trained dogs have an incredible sense of smell, tracking and rescuing people caught in natural disasters or dangerous situations. Some breeds also specialise in locating cadavers.

• Service dogs

Service dogs are commonly “guide” or “seeing eye dogs”, helping the blind perform their daily tasks. They are also trained to help with mobility for the disabled and some can even alert people to an inbound seizure.

• Therapy dogs

Therapy or carer dogs are used for emotional support for people with disabilities, injuries and terminal illnesses. They are a loved part of the community caring for those who need support the most.

• Herding dogs

Often known as “sheep dogs”, the Border collie has a natural instinct in herding livestock such as cattle and sheep. Their skills can be trained from a young age to help farmers perform their duties, but can also be used as companion dogs. 

Office dogs

Bring your dog to work day is a fantastic opportunity to see for yourself how much an animal can improve your office environment and staff morale. Dogs have a natural ability to bring happiness and joy into any given situation, so you may be surprised at how much this could affect your business for the better.

Creating a happy environment for your staff is incredibly important. A team that feels appreciated will always perform better at work simply because they are happy to be there. 

Exercise

Office dogs not only improve staff morale, they also increase the physical and mental health of your employees. Taking the dog for a quick walk around the block will keep your staff motivated and refreshed so that they can continue to perform to the best of their ability. Taking regular breaks also reduces stress levels for your employees. Read our blog posts for Stress Awareness Week for more information:

What is stress?

Stress in the workplace

Boosting your mood techniques

Many businesses use plants to clear the air and create a positive atmosphere. An office dog can develop this even further, allowing your business to grow and thrive through positive influence.