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Take Your Dog to Work Day – 5 Top Tips for Getting Your Boss to Say Yes!

A new survey by has suggested that nearly half of people (46%) think companies should allow workers to bring their pups to work. SKOUT, the global app that helps you meet new people and expand your social circle, offers its employees a dog-friendly workplace and while the app is all about connecting people, the team at SKOUT thought it would be fun to hear what people really think about man’s best friend in the workplace.

Highlights from the survey, conducted by the app SKOUT, include:

Dogs at work are more popular than you may think!

Dogs can make you happier, more productive and less stressed at work.

Dogs give companies a “cool factor.”

Best company perk? Pooches are more popular than ping pong tables.

One possible problem: getting along with your boss’s dog!

Dogs rule, cats drool.

“These survey results echo the many benefits we experience of having friendly canines in our office,” said Christian Wiklund, co-founder and CEO of SKOUT. “As a company that helps people connect and meet new friends, we can’t help but think about man’s best friend, too.”

5 Tips For Bringing Your Dog To Work:
SKOUT has had a dog-friendly workplace for years, so its employees are no strangers to doggie etiquette in the office. Here are a few of their top tips to share with others considering bringing their dog to work.

  1. Get it approved. Just because others bring their dogs in, does not mean it is a free for all. Make sure you have all the necessary approvals from management, and understand any ground rules, before you bring your pooch. (Ryan, QA)
  2. Don’t delegate. Remember that as the dog owner you are 100% responsible, 100% of the time for your pet’s well being, behavior, and biological needs. Don’t ask your team to walk or clean up after your dog! (Kristen, Human Resources)
  3. Bring on the goodies! Just like people enjoy snacks and games in the break room, so do your dogs.  Biscuits and toys can help you encourage positive interactions with your dog and your co-workers throughout the day. (Nikki, Marketing and owner of Apollo, Nova, Stars and Verse)
  4. Remember doggie hygiene. The only thing worse than a smelly coworker is a smelly dog! Give Fido a bath and proper grooming before bringing him to work. (Mark, Creative Director and owner of Spanky)
  5. Remember breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for your dog, too! Feed your dog before going to work, so they don’t get “hangry” and nip your co-workers. (Jane, Marketing and owner of Jakey and The Bean-Dog)

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