1. Dogs relieve stress.
 

Having dogs in the office reduces stress and makes employees feel more relaxed. A 2012 study found individuals who brought their dogs to work had decreased hormonal stress levels when compared with those who brought no pets to work. Those who did not bring dogs to work showed steadily increasing levels of stress throughout the workday.
 

2. Dogs promote positive social interactions
 

Having dogs in the office reduces stress and makes employees feel more relaxed. A 2012 study found individuals who brought their dogs to work had decreased hormonal stress levels when compared with those who brought no pets to work. Those who did not bring dogs to work showed steadily increasing levels of stress throughout the workday.
 

3. Dogs at work save employees money
 

Allowing employees to bring their dogs to work helps their wallets, which could be a great financial perk when you consider the cost of doggie day care or dog walking services for employees who work long hours or commute long distances every day.

4. Dogs improve your company image
 

Allowing dogs in the office can boost a customer’s perception of the business. Most customers have a positive response when offered a chance to interact with an employee’s pet, and it can help them to relax and enjoy their visit to the business. Having dogs in the office softens the company’s image and makes a business seem more progressive and forward thinking.

5. Dogs increase employee performance
 

Employees of pet-friendly businesses work longer hours and have fewer absences. They need not worry about rushing home to let the dog out.  

6. Dogs attract top talent who are pet owners.
 

Employee turnover is costly, and companies are always scanning the horizon for perks and benefits that will draw loyal employees. Just as female job candidates will choose the workplace with the most generous maternity leave and child-care policies, a dog-friendly policy will work for similar reasons with that much-desired prospective employee.

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