Companies: Why Should You Host Take Your Dog to Work Day & How Can It Benefit Your Business?


As an employer, you might think that allowing your staff to bring their dogs into the office could end in an unproductive, chaotic mess. But in actuality, it can increase productivity, creativity, and a feeling of involvement in the workplace. Studies have shown that dogs in the workplace enhance a feeling of job satisfaction, reduce stress in employees, and have an overall positive effect on the entire workforce.

There are a few things dogs in the workplace do that directly impact the company, too. For instance, showing employees that you care about the roles their pets play in their lives garners trust and builds loyalty to your company. They enjoy this added benefit and feel privileged to work for such a compassionate, animal-loving company. I mentioned “benefit” but did I mention that it’s no cost to the company? That’s always a plus for business. This not only makes your employees happy, but promotes health and wellness, and can provide positive press for your business.

There are reasons that companies should be thoughtful about welcoming dogs into their business. Check out the to do list below to appropriately ready your business for dogs.

  1. Liability issues: While most business commercial insurance policies and pet parent homeowner’s policies cover dogs in the workplace, it is still a good idea to check with your insurer about coverage.
  2. Building/Landlord: If you rent or lease your business’s location, you will need to check with your landlord before giving the OK for dogs to come to work.
  3. Employee allergies: If you discuss with your staff and ask about people with allergies, you can offer “pet free” zones for the daylong event. If you’re looking into allowing dogs all the time, be sure to include this in job postings so possible candidates know what type of environment they’ll be working in.
  4. Puppy proofing: Ask all of your employees to make sure any poisonous plants, toxic cleaners, power cords, pest control chemicals, etc., are out of reach of dogs.
  5. Prepare a designated potty area for dogs to take potty breaks.
  6. Create guidelines for employees to follow. Allow employees to train in the office after hours to properly prepare their dog for a day at work. Check out a few suggested guidelines below:
  • Work with your dog prior to bringing him to work. Your dog should know and follow basic commands like sit, down, and come.
  • Prepare a space for your dog to rest calmly out of the way of others in your desk area.
  • Should your dog not respond well to being at work, plan to take them home, or have someone come pick them up.
  • Prepare a doggy bag with any important supplies your dog will need including poop bags, paper towels, pet-safe cleaner, leash, toys, etc.
  • If your dog might need time in a kennel, be sure to bring one that’s easy to transport to your desk.
  • Know your dog and their potty habits. Be prepared to take them out regularly. Be sure to pick up and dispose of all poop!
  • Do not force other co-workers or their dogs to interact with you or your dog. Respect everyone’s personal space.

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