The 20th-annual National Take Your Dog to Work Day, established by Pet Sitters International, took place Friday with pups throughout Philadelphia accompanying their owners to work. Approximately 300 businesses across the US participate in this holiday annually and it is a beneficial celebration for pet owners and non-pet owners alike; even if you do not own a dog yourself, you can still take advantage of the opportunity to interact with other peoples' dogs and show your support for them.
Petbarn Ipswich store manager Amanda Matthew said there were a lot of facts to support having a dog in the office.
For some canines, like these ones at SEPTA, it was a normal work day.
Many scientific studies have concluded that the presence of pets can substantially reduce a person's stress level in the workplace, increased job satisfaction, team co-operation and morale.
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The hope is that office workers without pets will see the "incredible bond" between co-workers and their pets and adopt a dog too. A new environment with new people will be very exciting for dogs who are social, so if your dog gets along with people and other dogs, definitely participate in this fantastic holiday.
"A brisk lunchtime walk will help you have a more productive afternoon and keep you bright and alert well past the regular 3pm slouch".
Being around pets is proven to strengthen the immune system, leading to fewer days off work and less visits to the doctor. It's a great way for your four-legged friend to find out what you do when you're not spending time with them.
Bring snacks, a water bowl or even a dog bed to ensure they feel at home.