17th Annual Take Your Dog To Work Day Is Good Business

Mixing dogs and co-workers makes all feel good.

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From 2014 TYDTWD in Village Green, Farmington Hills, MI. Via  Facebook
From 2014 TYDTWD in Village Green, Farmington Hills, MI. Via Facebook

Adorable pups of all sizes and breeds joined the U.S. workforce today to celebrate Take Your Dog To Work Day with their owners.

And according to one Austin, Texas, news station, the day is more about promoting adoption and better health, than just making Fido your assistant for the day.

Pet owners love to share their TYDTWD pics! Via Facebook

Pet owners love to share their TYDTWD pics! Via Facebook

KXAN — the city’s NBC affiliate — says experts encourage this type of work day as studies show pets in the workplace may help ease depression and emotional disorders, especially in the elderly and women.

“Pets have really been shown to increase mobility and activity, improve a sense of well-being … ,” Dr. Barbara Sherman with North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine told KXAN. She added that a dog’s ability to connect with humans emotionally might promote healing.

When it comes to adoption, what better way to showcase the dedication and more a dog can provide than to let your furry little ones meet your officemates, supervisors and/or customers?

This is what Pet Sitters International had in mind when it created Take Your Dog to Work Day in 1999 to “celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions and encourage employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one day to support their local pet community.”

To see a sampling of workplace woofers from around the globe, check out the official TYDTWD Facebook page. And check out the hashtag on Twitter.

And to prepare for next year’s event (or if you have time to join in today!), here are a few tips from PSI to make the experience a memorable one:

  • Do an office check.
  • Puppy-proof your work space.
  • Make sure Fido is fit for work.
  • Prepare a doggie bag.
  • Plan your pet’s feeding times carefully.
  • Avoid forcing co-workers to interact with your dog.
  • Have an exit strategy.
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