WORKING DOG: Kate Joseph with Australian kelpie Eden. Today is Bring Your Dog to Work Day.
WORKING DOG: Kate Joseph with Australian kelpie Eden. Today is Bring Your Dog to Work Day. Adam Hourigan

Take this to your boss: dogs at work aid productivity

DAILY Examiner pet columnist Kate Joseph says Bring Your Dog to Work Day should be held at least once a week, rather than yearly.

Ms Joseph, who works at the Riverside Animal Hospital in South Grafton, can take her dogs to work whenever she likes and does so regularly.

Today is the RSPCA's Bring Your Dog to Work Day to promote animal adoption.

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It's a promotion Ms Joseph supports, but says people need to treat with caution if bringing a dog to work for the first time.

"It's not a good idea to bring a dog to work that doesn't have self control," she said.

But once a dog has been trained to sit quietly and is toilet trained, then coming to work regularly is desirable for owner and pet.

"There are studies that having pets in the workplace makes people happier and more relaxed leads to increased productivity," Ms Joseph said.

"People who come in to the business also enjoy seeing dogs in the workplace.

"People worry about working long hours away from their pets, so having them at work can reduce that stress as well."



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