This Friday, 26 June, dog owners will have the chance to take their pooch to work as part of the celebration!

Melinda Phipps, Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) State Rehoming Manager, says as the name suggests, the day is celebrated by bringing dogs into the office.

“Bring Your Dog to Work Day can offer positive benefits for employee productivity and well-being. Above all, the day promises to be a lot of fun for all those involved. Increased job satisfaction, team co-operation and morale have all been reported in employees that spend the workday with their pets,” says Ms Phipps.

There are also the health benefits of having a canine companion in the workplace, adds Ms Phipps.

“Research suggests that the presence of pets can substantially reduce a person’s stress level in the workplace. Pets can help to decrease depression, stress and anxiety; health-wise, they may lower your blood pressure, improve immunity and even decrease risk of heart attack and stroke.” If your company does take part in Bring Your Dog To Work Day, there are a few things to consider before bringing in your canine co-worker.

“It is important employees obtain permission from their employer to take part in Bring Your Dog To Work Day. Confirming your office space is safe for a dog is integral – which means ensuring there are no dangers to the animal – especially if your dog is inquisitive. Be considerate to work colleagues who may not be confident around dogs. Also remember to bring along a water bowl, treats, toys and anything else your dog needs to have a productive day at the office. And don’t forget to be mindful of your dog’s bathroom needs while at work,” said Ms Phipps.

For a complete checklist visit here.

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If your workplace isn’t a suitable environment for dogs, you can still play an important role in Bring Your Dog To Work Day by hosting a morning tea and raise money for the AWLQ. “AWLQ provides over 10,000 abandoned and homeless animals somewhere safe and warm to stay every year.

Be sure to share your canine co-workers are on your social channels by tagging @AWLQLD, #AWLQ, #AWLQLD and #BringYourDogToWorkDay.

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