Seeing a wagging tail and a furry face is an instant mood booster, whether it’s your pup at home, a dog at the park or even at the office.
Work can be stressful. Some eight-hour days seem like 80 hours. And if you’ve got a dog, it can be hard to go all day thinking about the fact that your best friend is at home alone.
If your office policies allow it, consider bringing your dog to work with you once a week or so. Here are a few reasons why.
- Stress relief
Spending time with animals is a great stress reliever, so why shouldn’t we bring them along to the place we most often feel stressed? Having your best friend by your side throughout the day will remind you of the happier things in life and keep your mood high. Also, research has found that petting or playing with your dog can bring your stress levels down and is good for your overall health and work performance.
Dogs also need to be taken outside often, which gives you the chance to step away from your desk for a little bit. Studies have shown that taking small breaks throughout the day increases productivity and well-being. Although some may think of a dog as a distraction in the workplace, it can actually be very beneficial to employees and the company as a whole.
- Dog lovers unite — and collaborate.
Dogs bring people together! Their warm, fuzzy faces are not only inviting, but for some of us, they’re also very hard to resist. Asking questions about a dog is great way to start a conversation with a co-worker you may have never talked to before and get to know them better.
- In good company
Your workday and your commute can mean leaving your pet alone for about 10 hours a day, which is not good for them. Like a human’s, a dog’s bladder is not made to hold in urine for that long. It could lead to bladder infections or accidents inside your home, which is added stress on you.
The emotional effect of being alone all day can also be damaging. Dogs are social animals that just want to show love and be loved. When you take your dog to work, he’ll appreciate the affection not only from you, but from all the other dog lovers in the office, too.
Before you bring your pup into work, make sure that your building and your company’s policies allow dogs, and that all your co-workers are comfortable around dogs. You should also think about whether your dog is well-behaved enough to be in an office environment. If your situation doesn’t meet all these criteria, check out local dog-walking services, or take your dog on a long walk each morning so they can get some exercise and mental stimulation.
When you get home, shower your dog with affection so they know how loved they are. It may even be beneficial to get another pet so your pup doesn’t feel so alone all day. Remember: Your dog may only be a small part of your life, but to them, you are their whole life. Treat them they way they deserve!