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Benefits of Dogs in the Workplace

Facts from the American Humane Association

- Staff morale and worker productivity increased by bringing pets to work 
- Increased camaraderie among employees 
- Happier employees result in enhanced job performance 
- Increase in sales reported by store owners who take their dogs to work 
- Dogs can serve as a crime deterrent

"There's something about pets that really brings people together"
Carol Moulton, Director, American Humane Society

Facts from the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association

This Connecticut-based national trade group surveyed 50 small and large companies across the U.S. that allow pets in the workplace. They surveyed law firms, Internet sales companies and retail shops and the results showed that those with pets had lower absenteeism rates and employees who were more willing to work overtime.

Additional comments from pet-friendly employers

"One of the many things that makes Ninth House Network unique is the presence of all these cute, four-legged, furry critters. Having dogs around certainly decreases the stress level. Just make sure you don't leave your lunch on your desk unattended."
Ninth House Network, San Francisco, CA

"Employees can bring their dogs to work everyday. Almost everyone enjoys having dogs around during the day and it helps to break up the stress at times. Autodesk has been allowing dogs to come to work for approximately the past ten years."
Autodesk, San Rafael, CA

"Being able to bring my dogs to work is the only reason I don't mind working crazy hours and overtime - if they are in the office with me, I'm not in a hurry to go home and take them on a walk."
Dog owner at the American Hiking Society, Silver Spring, MD

"The company has been dog friendly since the company's inception. We are actually in our second generation of dogs here at Wildfire."
Dog owner at Wildfire Communications, Lexington, MA

"This firm has been dog-friendly since 1985 and boasts a "cleanliness" rating of Superior (the highest) from both the FDA and the Retail Bakers of America."
Century Box, Methuen, MA

"The owner, Bob Page, has been bringing his two dachshunds to work everyday for years and encourages his 560 employees to do the same."
Replacements Ltd., Greensboro, NC

"I allow my employees to bring their pets to work. I can't leave home without my two miniature dachshunds, and I wouldn't expect my co-workers to leave their beloved pets at home either. Pet-friendly will always be our policy. We and our pets are healthier and happier for it!"
Honeybee Gardens, Morgantown, PA

"We have allowed pets to come to work for nearly 3 years now. Madison, a bassett hound, has attracted candidates to accept jobs because of our policy. Rusty, a sheltie, has closed business for us because of his customer friendly hospitality."
Maxwell House Hotel, Nashville, TN

"We encourage employees to bring in their pooches - and more than half the staff of 40 does. There are rubber squeak toys, doggie beds and water bowls in the cubicles. Some office chairs have leashes attached. But the dogs (of all sizes) roam free in the office or out back in their 'exercise area'."
Talking Dog Media, Bellevue, WA




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