Dogs make you happy! No wonder that dogs are no longer an exception at work. More and more workers are taking advantage of the possibility of having their four-legged friends nearby all day, while companies are increasingly recognizing the advantages of dogs in the office.
For a successful collaboration, however, some basic rules must be observed, because if the “new employee” causes too much distraction or interruptions in the workflow, this can lead to conflicts at the workplace. Read here what the advantages of office dogs are and what you should consider when taking your dog to the office.
Dogs in the workplace make you happy
The advantage for the dog, who is allowed to accompany his owner to work, is obvious: instead of spending the day alone and unsupervised, he enjoys the constant closeness to the familiar person and can also be moved during breaks. Above all, dogs that build a very close bond with their owner should not underestimate the stress caused by frequent being alone.
For the owner, the companion by the dog has advantages for physical and mental health. Dog owners who can bring their dog with them to work are more likely to move outdoors, which means they are at less risk of catching a cold and headache. In addition, a study (Lentino et al. 2012) showed that dog owners are less at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure or depression. In general, they are less susceptible to diseases and prove to be much more flexible in everyday work, since they can integrate the care of the dog into the workflow.
Accompanied by the dog also reduces stress in the workplace and reduces the burden of possible overtime. If the coexistence works optimally, the presence of the dog can also significantly improve the working atmosphere and significantly increase motivation.
Rules for office dogs, dog owners and employees
- Get the consent of your employer and all colleagues beforehand
- Clarify the question of whether your dog is suitable as an office dog (can it cope with everyday office life?)
- Set up your workplace so that your dog can feel safe and comfortable, pay attention to power cables and poisonous plants
- An office dog should be vaccinated and dewormed and have liability insurance
- Take sufficient walks with your dog before and after work and encourage him mentally
- Get your dog used to the new environment and allow enough time to get used to it
- Establish rules for the dog and reward calm behavior
- Your colleagues should also abide by the rules and not constantly disturb the dog
The dog camp at work
The dog also needs an undisturbed place at work, to which he can withdraw at any time. The dog bed should therefore consist of the usual dog blanket and / or a padded basket in which the dog feels comfortable and safe. Since the dog often has to be self-employed over a longer period of time, it is advisable to equip the dog camp with suitable toys. Food and water bowls are also important components of the warehouse at the workplace. In order to prevent conflict situations with colleagues and superiors, you should always pay attention to order and cleanliness.
During working hours, it is important to give the dog the necessary attention without neglecting his own work. Fixed petting times are ideal, preferably during breaks. These should also be used to move the dog extensively outdoors. The colleagues should not be expected to take part in the supervision of the dog.
Annual action day “colleague dog”
The Animal Welfare Association calls for the “Dog colleague” campaign every year in June. The aim is to bring workers and companies closer to the concept of four-legged friends at work. As part of the campaign day, dog owners are encouraged to take their dog to work to reduce prejudice in dealing with one another.
Dog nutrition in the workplace
At work, there is a risk that the diet will be mixed up due to the changed daily routine or additional feeding by colleagues. Some “goodies” like chocolate are even toxic to dogs. Thus, even during working hours, attention should be paid to a regulated and needs-based diet with an individually tailored feed ration. This is the only way to prevent incorrect supply.
The futalis nutrition concept also supports feeding at the workplace. The ration-wise packaging saves the dog owner from having to weigh the food that he takes to the office every day. In addition, colleagues can also access the content of the daily ration and use it for feeding without risking oversupply.