Work Week Gone to the Dogs? How Bringing Fido to Work Will Fix It

That coarse automated beeping sound forcing you out of your tranquil dream state can only mean one thing. Your Monday morning alarm is sounding off to remind you that your work week has officially begun. Heading into the office after a long jam-packed weekend can put you in a completely scatterbrained mindset. Your heart races as you reach the elevator doors and you just remembered about half of the nine-million things on you to take care of before lunchtime. You would probably rather be a home hanging out with your dog, right? Well, did you know that if you work from home — or if you work at a really cool job,  bring your doggo to the office — working alongside a dog can have some amazing effects on your psyche that can help you be more productive at work? Let’s go through the benefits you stand to gain if you take your dog to work today.

The Benefits if You Take Your Dog to Work Today

1.) Dogs help to relieve stress 

When working on a huge stack of paperwork or trying to navigate through the hundreds of open tabs on your desktop, it’s easy to feel isolated even in a full office environment. But as the National Center for Health Research (NCHR) found, if you take your dog to work today it can help you feel like you have a support system at work. 

A report published on the NCHR website titled “The Benefits for Pets on Human Health” by Dana Casciotti, Ph.D., and Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D. could not say enough about the benefits of having a dog as your fluffy little cheerleader. “Findings suggest that the social support a pet provides can make a person feel more relaxed and decrease stress,” the report says, adding “social support from friends and family can have similar benefits, but interpersonal relationships often cause stress as well, whereas pets may be less likely to cause stress. The social support provided by a pet might also encourage more social interactions with people, reducing feelings of isolation or loneliness. For example, walking with a dog has been found to increase social interaction, especially with strangers, compared to walking without a dog.”

Sometimes you just need to see a smiling slobbering pup face in order to get out of your head a little bit! […]

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