About Take Your Dog to Work Day

Pet Sitters International, (PSI), an educational association for professional canine caretakers, launched the first Take Your Dog to Work Day promotion in 1999. The purpose: to celebrate the canine-human bond and, perhaps, entice dogless co-workers to adopt a four-legged companion. The idea caught on, with thousands of companies, some registered, some not, participating in TYDTWD 2012.

“It’s a fun summer Friday at your workplace but also for an important cause,” says PSI spokeswoman Beth Stultz. “Even those who don’t have a year-round pet can enjoy it.”

Need to convince your skeptical boss? It might help to cite a study by Virginia Commonwealth University showing that dog owners who brought their pets to work had lower stress levels throughout the day than co-workers who left their pets at home or didn’t own one. A 2006 survey by the American Pet Products Association found other benefits: People with pets in the office are more likely to work longer days and have lower absenteeism.

Posted on: June 29, 2022

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