Dogs in the Workforce

The term “working like a dog” takes on a whole new meaning if you work at a company that lets you bring your pooch with you to the office. According to the The American Pet Product Manufacturers Association (APPMA), nearly 1 in 5 American companies allow pets in the workplace which equates to nearly 1.4 million people bringing their pup to work with them every day. Several studies have found that having a pet in the office can lead to better workplace environments and more trust between co-workers. Many companies don’t allow dogs for numerous reasons (allergies, landlord rules, liability reasons, etc.) but it does seem like bringing your pooch to work is a growing trend. Sorry, friends of felines; unless your office is in your home, the chances of bringing your kitty to work are very slim. Check out some of the offices that allow our four-legged friends free roam in the office:


Straight out of their code of conduct, “Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture.” Unfortunately they feel as though the Google offices would be too much stress on cats, so they claim they’re strictly a dog company.


10Yetis: PR Agency:

Hugo, owned by the co-owners of the agency provides office entertainment nearly everyday. They say he’s an awesome icebreaker for new people coming into the office – did you ever think of having a dog in the office for that reason?


Designers Management Agency in Soho:

Lucy, their office pooch is extremely well behaved and peaceful but still acts as a great watch dog when the UPS delivery man comes bustling through the freight elevator doors. She looks like a piece of art, doesn’t she?


Build-A-Bear Workshop: 

The company’s love for animals goes beyond the shelves at Build-A-Bear. Employees who work at the World Bearquarters (headquarters) can bring the pups to work with them. Wonder if having the friendly guys in the office contribute to Build-A-Bear making Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to work for?

build a bear

Ben & Jerry’s:

Rambo was originally a stray in the neighborhood, his love of ice led him to the right home! Sean Greenwood, public relations spokesperson for the company describes what visitors may see when they visit the company, it’s not uncommon to see dogs roaming around the office space.


Bhava Communications:

Define Center of Attention: Meet Lucas. He makes friends with anyone entering the doors at Bhava Communications and clearly doesn’t have a problem sitting front and center on the desks of their employees.


Clif Bar & Company:

With the company’s heavy focus on environmentalism and spending time outdoors it’s no surprise pets are more than welcome in their office. Often times there may be as many as 20 dogs running around the Emeryville, CA office! Never a dull moment.

clif bar


At WellPet, the natural pet food and treats maker more than 30 dogs came to the office on Take Your Dog to Work Day last year. They were all treated to professional doggy portraits, a grooming station and games.



It’s no coincidence that a Bissell (vacuum) is a necessity when you’ve got a house full of pets. The company has a special space inside their office called The Bissell Pet Spot with indoor kennels, a bathing station and an outdoor play area. Wonder if they test out their products in there after a week of dog play?


Last But Not Least:

Not sure where this one is, but anyone that can get their dog to take care of business while at the office is worthy of coming with them to work by all means.

For future reference, June 22nd is Take Your Dog to Work Day!

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