Is Your Workplace Dog Friendly? If Not, Why Not?

Do you work in the creative arts industry? Marketing, entertainment or design perhaps? Does your work place try to cultivate a creator-friendly workplace? You know – soft colour wall paint, couches, etc.

Well, what could be a better way to get those creative juices flowing then bringing your dog to work? That’s right, everyone is doing it:

‘Dolly is one of millions of dogs that accompany their owners to dog-friendly businesses every day. Even more will join her next Friday for Take Your Dog to Work Day.

“I consider it a benefit like health care. It’s a huge attraction,” said Dolly’s owner Erin McCormack, who works at Authentic Entertainment in Los Angeles as a producer on the Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings.”

McCormack and her Maltese mix walk together before work and at lunch to get some exercise, and McCormack saves money on the dog walker or daycare she would otherwise need.

“It’s such a great way to create a productive atmosphere. It makes the environment more conducive to creativity,” she said, at a company that produces shows like the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras” and Bravo’s “Flipping Out.”

At the same time, McCormack added, “They are a calming force. When things get stressful, you can lean down and pet your dog…’

So next time you get called in to a meeting to brainstorm how to increase productivity – suggest a ‘bring your dog to work’ day. You never know what you may start up.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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