A dog in the office – whatever next?

By Fiona Scott on 17 June, 2019

Bringing a dog into the office seems to be far more commonplace than it was ten years ago. So much so that this Friday 21 June, for the sixth year running, it’s national Bring Your Dog To Work Day.

Organised originally by natural pet care brand HOWND, the event has gained national credibility and raises thousands of pounds for charities which offer care for dogs. This year the designated charities are All Dogs Matter and Animals Asia.

Individuals and businesses can donate to the ‘day’ if they wish and many well-known pet brands are sponsors this year. One of those is Melksham-based company Poppy’s Picnic which offers raw dog food in the form of balanced meals and meatballs, using locally sourced meat and vegetables.

Founder Dylan Watkins often brings his four dogs into work. He said, “Bring Your Dog To Work Day is a fantastic initiative raising money for dogs in need. However, as much as a dedicated day for dogs in the workplace is a paw print in the right direction, I’d love for it not to be a novelty. Personally, I think dogs should be a regular feature in the workplace if they can be welcomed safely. There’s no shortage of science to show how they can improve productivity, wellbeing and even job satisfaction among employees.”

  • In fact bringing a dog into work is known to have benefits:
  • On average dog owners walk 79 per cent further than non dog owners.
  • Petting a dog is proven to reduce stress even if it’s not your dog.
  • A Dogs At Work policy can be viewed by employees (and prospective employees) as a valuable perk.

In Wiltshire, business owners Debbie and John Williams, who run their heating and plumbing company from Bumper’s Farm Industrial Estate in Chippenham are known for bringing their border terrier Dave to the office. There he’s joined by Frank, owned by their daughter and office manager Georgina.

Debbie and John Williams with their dogs Dave and Frank.

Debbie said, “Having dogs at work makes for a much calmer environment. The customers love them and often pop in with treats for them. It gives John and I the opportunity of walking them both together and getting out in the fresh air. We find we make many decisions on our dog walks.”

To find out more about Bring Your Dog To Work Day visit: www.bringyourdogtoworkday.co.uk and follow the conversation on social media #bringyourdogtoworkday.

We welcome any Swindon & Wiltshire businesses to send in pics of their pooches at work ahead of this year’s celebration, this Friday 21 June 2019. They will be shared via our web and social media feeds on the day.