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Do you have a dog-friendly office?
Posted on: April 15 2016
During National Pet Awareness Month, we're thinking about all the workers who own dogs. Do you bring your dog to work with you? How dog-friendly is your workplace?
Let's take a look at some of the world's most famous offices that welcome canine colleagues.
Kurgo is a dog's best friend
Pet product supplier Kurgo has a vibrant office in Massachusetts that is like a nursery for pooches.
Workers sit in booths with gates, so they can either keep dogs in or out. The whole office is an open space where animals and owners can interact. Meeting spaces have chairs at perfect dog-patting height, and wide, open spaces allow the dogs to roam freely. There are plenty of toys for dogs to play with, too.
Amazon delivers. And it has a retriever
Drew Herdener's long-time office mate is a beautiful blonde with a friendly personality. Sure, she spends more time socializing than she does working, but Herdener, Amazon's senior public relations manager, still considers her to be an invaluable part of the team. He couldn't imagine working without Dulce, his yellow Lab/Golden Retriever mix. Apparently, his colleagues feel the same way.
Herdener told The Bark, "Every day, she gets petted and praised by others."
Etsy has a dog-friendly culture
Online retailer Etsy has a dog friendly office. The company's blog explains, "The dog-friendly office policy has been in place since Etsy began in 2005, and it's one of the ways we strive to maintain a casual, creative, and inspiring work environment."
Employee experience manager Sarah Starpoli explains, "It's funny because I notoriously dislike dogs, but I love having them here. They make people smile almost universally, and I think they allow anxiety to diffuse when they suddenly skitter by."
Kensington Hotel welcomes the paw
Stylish Kensington hotel The Milestone Hotel is a dog-friendly establishment. Guests are welcome to bring their pet. The website is full of images of hotel staff interacting with dogs.
Should you turn your office into a dog-friendly workplace?
The Kennel Club offers some good advice about the benefits of allowing dogs into the office.
"Not only will workplaces that allow their employees bring dogs to work experience the benefits of a more productive workforce but public places that allow dogs into their premises will encourage further trade. There are 8 million dogs in the UK. Research carried out by the Kennel Club found that four out of five businesses say that business has improved as a result of expanding their customer base to dog owners."
Sparky gives energy to the Pod Point team
Mike Jackson is National Sales Manager at POD Point – an electric car charging station in London. Each day he brings the appropriately-named Sparky, to work.
He tells Muddy Paws, "I live alone inside the Congestion Zone in Central London and expressed my desire to my boss that I was thinking of adding a 'plus one' to my household. When I told her it was going to be a Pug, immediately she capitalised on this opportunity."
Gill, who is the Commercial Director, knew of the positive impact a dog in the office can have on the atmosphere.
Mike continues, "When he arrived, Sparky ran around our 7000 sq ft office like a maniac, introducing himself to everyone. POD Point sells charging solutions for electric vehicles and our company is in double digit growth. The office is very Google-like – it's open plan and interactive.
"As you can see, Sparky is now a fully-fledged employee of the company. Even our CEO, Erik, has said, 'I've had nothing but good comments about Sparky in the office.'"
Win a bundle of goodies for your office dog
Win a bundle of goodies for your office dog by posting your office dog photos to Facebook or Twitter. It’s easy to enter – just follow the instructions below.
First prize winner will receive two House of Paws Dog beds, a Wander Bed from Kurgo, Becopets poo bags & toys, de-odourising sprays from Animology, Pooch & Mutt dog treats, Innocent Hound dog treats, Planet Dog interactive toys and a blanket from Danish Design.
Two runner-up winners will each receive a Becopets dog bed, a selection of dog treats and a blanket from Danish Design.
How to enter
Share your office dog picture on our Facebook page with a description and don’t forget to include the hashtag #OfficePaws. Or you can enter via Twitter or Instagram by posting your picture with the hashtag #OfficePaws, tagging @MuddyPawsUK in the description.
- The photos will be judged by Muddy Paws owner Rupert on the closing date, 5th May 2016.
- Judges' decision is final and no correspndence will be entered into.
- Winners will be announced on social media and on this page.
- All photos remain the property of the owner.
- In the event of prizes becoming unavailable, a suitable alternative will be provided.
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