Dogs in the Office

by Trish Utter

Do you take your dog to work? If not, you should. I have my dog Daphne with me all the time. I adopted her from Alachua County Animal Services nine years ago. She is a black lab/German Shepard mix and so sweet. She sits under my desk while I type away. I get so carried away writing that she is a good reminder for me to get up and go for a walk. Did you know that studies have shown that if you own a dog you walk 79% further every day? Petting a dog reduces stress, and that being around pets makes you a more positive person. More and more corporate offices are encouraging staff to bring their dogs to work. Starbucks not only encourages it but also offers pet health insurance! Home Depot is a dog friendly employer and also offers pet insurance and here are a few more; Walmart, Amazon, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Petco, Sony Electronics and the list keeps growing.

According to, The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) they found that 132.8 million pet owners save $11.37 billion on physician office visits, while 20 million owners who walk their pets 5 times a week show lower obesity and save $419 million in healthcare. When a pet owner brings their dog to work they are less stressed and normally work longer hours as they are not in a hurry to get home to let their dog out. The International Journal of Workplace Management did a study that found that pets in the work space lower stress and make the work place more enjoyable, and that employees are more likely to stop to pet a dog than take a trip to the office vending machine, so there is a health gain here as well.