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Pup Perks at Work
Allowing dogs at work can be a real morale boost.
Nemo the Sheltie assists his owner, JoAnna Lou, at work.

Did your company cancel its annual holiday party? Or insist on more hours for less pay? Employers are finding it tougher than ever to keep up employee morale when everyone worries that the next cut might be their job. So kudos to businesses like Marcus Thomas marketing agency in Ohio for allowing dogs at work. Employees and customers alike benefit from the relaxation of petting a pup and it costs the company nothing.

As a freelance writer and part-time agility trainer, my dogs are constant companions. Occasionally, this can be a bit of a distraction, but for the most part, they remind me to take a break from the computer to rest my eyes, stretch, and throw the ball a few times. When I wrote about this subject for Bark last year (“Dogs @ Work,” May/June 2008), it was surprising how many workplaces allowed dogs and how well everyone got along. Even employees who weren't necessarily "dog people" didn't object to a pup presence.


Do you bring your dog to work? If so, how has the experience affected you and your co-workers’ productivity? If not, would you like to and do you think your boss would be open to it?


Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

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Submitted by morgan's mom | May 8 2009 |

I've brought Morgan to work occasionally and everyone LOVES him! The ones that don't really like dogs still smile and just generally ignore him. I work in an office that serves low-income families and sometimes just seeing a dog and petting it can cheer a person up a bit.

Submitted by JoAnna Lou | May 8 2009 |

My old job allowed dogs at work on Fridays (see photo above!). I only brought Nemo in once because the office was a communter train ride plus a subway ride away from home. I loved having him there, but it was a little distracting becasue he was constantly looking to explore and find things to do. He was definitely wondering why Mom was sitting at a computer for 8 hours!

It really did boost office morale on Fridays, although there was one co-worker who was afraid of Nemo due to his size (being NYC everyone else had little dogs). So it's something to remember since us dog lovers can't comprehend not wanting dogs around all the time!

Submitted by Dogasaur | May 11 2009 |

We also have a dog in the office. Definitely adds a lot of warmth and fun to our environment.

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