Dogs are a man’s best friend, so why not bring them to work?
This Friday, June 21st, is the annual Take Your Dog to Work Day! We’re not making it up, it’s an official day we promise – thanks Pet Sitters International!
The event hopes that employers not only open their businesses to our furry friends but also promote the benefits of owning a pet and encourage people to adopt not shop. Our Barketing Manager, Chillie (also our regular office dog) will definitely be here at our Mount Hawthorn based office to celebrate.
But what are the benefits of owning a dog? Besides their cute looks and ridiculously funny personalities obviously…
Who doesn’t love, love? Just by being around our furry companions, petting them and cuddling them can cause a surge in your levels of oxytocin. Oxytocin, also known as the ‘love hormone,’ is a neurotransmitter that will calm your nervous system down, in turn relaxing you and increasing your levels of trust.
It’s important to remember that your dog only sees what you allow them to see. Every day when you get up and go to work, they stay at home and wait patiently for you to get home. You are their world when you get home, they are so excited because you are their best friend know that they’ll be okay now your home.
Mood and Stress
Have you ever had one of those days where you just feel like nothing is going right, and then you see a dog, and everything is instantly better? This is because dogs literally improve your mood. It’s not magic, its fact!
While dogs increase your oxytocin levels, they also decrease your cortisol (stress hormone). Studies taken in workplaces have shown that by taking your dog to work can lower your stress and improve your recovery after any challenges or stressful assignments. Owning pets can maintain a help positive, optimistic perspective on life and can even reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
“The human-animal bond bypasses the intellect and goes straight to the heart and emotions and nurtures us in ways that nothing else can.”
-Animal expert and author Karen Winegar
Health and Fitness
Dogs need attention and love, you are their carer and owning one will not only give you a new sense of responsibility, but it will also force you to take care of them because without you they’ll have nothing!
Owning a dog will make you love, play and walk them, creating an active lifestyle to boost not only your physical health but your mood and mental health. Did you know that dog owners tend to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than non-dog owners, reducing their risk of heat-related illness?
These are just a few ways that dogs can improve your life and fill it with so much love and adoration. If you own a dog, why not bring it to work and share this love and joy with your colleagues? Encourage them to rescue a pet and let them fall in love the same way you have
Before bringing your dog to work please:
- Check with your employer and management.
- See if colleagues have allergies or have genuine phobias of dogs (they’re not for everyone and that’s okay)
- Remove any items in your office that may be harmful to furry friends
- Will your dog cope in this environment? Will it be too overwhelming for them? Are they too shy or aggressive?
- Bring food and treats! They get hungry and distracted too!
- Know when they’ve had enough and what to do when this happens. It’s their first day at work – it’s a big day!
- Check your works local council for rules to abide by