Friday 22nd June is National
Bring Your Dog To Work Day and here at Fish4Dogs, we know what that is like oh
For a staff of around 40, our colleagues
rack up an impressive 30 dogs between us and with a dogs in the office policy,
for us, every day is bring your dog to work day.
Dogs are our brand and a big part of our
lives, so we truly believe in the benefits of having dogs in the office.
with a canine cuddle
Having dogs in the office can help reduce
stress levels throughout the working day.
Studies have shown that petting a dog for
just 15 minutes releases the feel-good hormone serotonin, and lowers the stress
hormone cortisol, so having a pooch on hand can be a real stress-buster.
A less-stressful environment makes for a
happier one. The presence of dogs can often lead to a friendlier, more sociable
atmosphere and can also help to facilitate interactions between colleagues who
may not have done so without animal incentives.
who is in charge
Whilst there are many benefits, an office
overrun with dogs can also be a noisy, chaotic scene and so ensuring rules are
in place is key.
Here at Fish4Dogs, we have a dog policy
where the expectations of both you as the owner and your beloved pet are
Our guidelines include everything from ensuring
your dog is toilet-trained to keeping some areas dog-free and from respecting
territory to feeding and treats.
Speaking of treats...
The old idiom of a child in a sweet shop very much applies here, (but swap the child for a dog and gummy bears for Sea Jerky).
As well as all the human benefits the
office dog policy brings, the dogs love it too!
They get to spend their days with their best
friends, they get fussed by our colleagues and visitors and they have access to
healthy, tasty treats and even get to taste-test some new and exciting
It is often not practical or safe for dogs
to be in the workplace and other important factors need to be taken into consideration
such as health and safety aspects, allergies, building restrictions. and even phobias.
But while we are aware that our situation
is quite unique, and a lot of dog-owners can only dream of bringing their dog to
work, it is encouraging to see that more and more workplaces are following our
Take a look below at some of our dogs working hard at Fish4Dogs HQ.