For starters, I guess I'd have to say I feel lucky to be able to bring my dog to work with me. Not everyone has the luxury to do that. If you work from home that the best deal of all.
Though the past eighteen years since I've had a dog, they've always come to work with me, but not till after we went for a long walk or a run at the forest preserve.
Big companies have also embraced the idea of having dogs at work. Both Google and Amazon are more than happy to have your companion with you.
Amazon kept dogs in mind when designing its forthcoming Seattle campus, cordoning off space for a dog park, where pets who came to the office could stretch and answer the call of nature. Reception desks are stocked with dog biscuits, and there are dog-friendly drinking fountains scattered around the current campus as well.
The reasons are clear to me and finally these big companies are getting my point of view.
Bringing you dog has the following benefits:
- You're happier at work when your best friend is by your side.
- When you're happier, you're more productive and go through your day with a positive attitude.
- It forces you to take breaks once in a while to take your friend for a potty walk, play a bit or give him a treat. Working straight through is sometimes exhausting. The mind needs little breaks to stay sharp.
- You won't have to incur the expense to leave your dog at a kennel and you won't have to keep him in a crate all day.
- Dogs are social creatures. It's better for them to be around others rather than being left alone.
- If you want to meet new people, having a dog is a real icebreaker, especially if you're single. Who needs Match.com when you have "Sparky" at the office?