Any person that owns a dog knows how horrible it can be leaving them at home all day while at work for 8 hours or more. It’s not only expensive (dog walkers, dog sitters, doggy day-care), but it’s also unfair to you and your dog. If you work on a boat, a plane or any other place where your dog may not be safe, I wouldn’t insist on bringing your dog to work (for the sake of everyone’s safety). But if you’re sitting in an office building all day long, you should have every right to take your dog to work with you, especially if your dog is a well-behaved and perfect angel!
According to One Green Planet, being around a dog is literally good for your health.
“Science shows that owning a pooch can improve your health in a myriad of ways. Years of research and dozens of studies have demonstrated that they can help decrease a child’s chances of obesity, bolster a sense of community and trust, aid in relaxation, support the development of empathy, boost physical activity, lower blood pressure, and more.”
Boom. Take that piece of information and shove it up your boss’s you know what.
I know when I walk into a dog friendly office, restaurant or local business I immediately feeler calmer and happier. Dog’s have a very positive affect on most people. Just imagine how amazing even the nastiest co-worker with be with a dog?
“A study in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management found that stress declined over the course of a workday for employees who had their dogs with them, while it rose for non-dog owners and those who left the pooches at home.”
There’s study after study showing proof our dogs would make the workplace a better place.
According to Harvard University, “Studies going back to the early 1980s support the idea that dogs—and other pets—have enormous health benefits for people. Pets have been shown to lower blood pressure and improve recovery from heart disease. Pets also improve people’s psychological well-being and self-esteem.”
Did you hear that? Self esteem! So let me get this straight. Dogs help our physical health AND our mental health? So why do some people say no to dogs?
Fast Company believes allergies play a big part on why many dogs are not allowed in the office.
“The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America pegs the figure of Americans with one form of pet allergy or another at 15% to 30% of the total population. Some of these allergies are so severe that they cause rashes, temporary breathlessness, panic attacks, and even severe respiratory disorders.”
They also discuss the concerns of non-dog lovers out there.
“You could have coworkers who are genuinely scared of animals and feel stressed out around them. For such individuals a pet in their workplace is not a calming presence, but rather a constant threat to their wellbeing and safety.”
So maybe dog friendly offices aren’t for every person or company but unless you’re a dog hating, allergy attack waiting to happen, suggest turning your office place into a doggy office.
Ask your boss. Maybe he’ll say yes.