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Bring Your Dog To Work Day 2023

On June 23rd, it is officially ‘Bring Your Dog To Work Day’ in the UK and it has been promoting awareness and its associated benefits since it started almost ten years ago.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
June 23, 2023

On June 23rd, it is officially ‘Bring Your Dog To Work Day’ in the UK and it has been promoting awareness and its associated benefits since it started almost ten years ago.

It is estimated that the number of pet dogs kept in the UK exceeds 13 million. That is certainly a lot of dogs and as a nation we love them and consider them as part of our family. A dog is and always has been traditionally a man's best friend, so imagine working alongside your best friend! I personally can not think of anything better!

It can be especially difficult leaving your pets if you have to go out to work for a considerable amount of time. Dogs can be left alone for short periods of time but the RSPCA advises that this should not exceed four hours. Unfortunately, a survey identified that a staggering 39% of dog owners regularly leave their dog alone for seven or more hours and 1 in 5 leave their dog for a day. These statistics are unacceptable.

Of course, there are numerous pet sitters, doggy day care centres, kind hearted friends, relatives and neighbours who can care for our beloved pets when you can not, but nothing beats the close companionship and bond that you feel when you are with your dog.

Bring your dog to work day, which is an annual and nationwide event, raises funds for some fantastic animal welfare charities which are much needed both in this country and worldwide. Whether you have a dog, are thinking of getting one or are just curious as to the benefits of dog ownership and of bringing your dog to work then June 23rd is a day to get involved.

As increasing numbers of workplaces are becoming pet friendly, companies are seeking ways in which to make it work for everyone. Considerable amounts of research has gone into how a pet can substantially reduce a person's stress levels and this is also proven to be highly effective within the workplace. In addition to reduced stress levels and reduced feeling of worry and anxiety, pets in the workplace can promote positive interactions and collaborations with colleagues, improved morale and a happier workplace.

If a company is actively working towards making the environment a more relaxed and welcoming workplace, then it is far less likely that staff would want to leave. Scientific data shows time and time again that pets in the workplace can increase productivity. Allowing pets to come to work is a major factor in employee satisfaction and in keeping staff motivated and inevitably reduced absenteeism.

Although many employers are happy to participate in ‘Bring your dog to work day’, others may be less than keen on the idea. Therefore, ensure you check with your management to see if there is already any policy that details pets in the workplace or if they would consider implementing new rules, even if it is just for the one day in the year. There is alot to consider when allowing pets into the workplace and as well as health and safety issues, the views of colleagues need to be listened to as some may suffer from allergies or fears. However,by bringing your dog to work with you for this one day of the year, you could utilise this time to educate people and following on from that, it could mean that one single day in the workplace may lead to one or two days a week until your pet is accompanying you to work every day!

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