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Take Your Dog To Work Day

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History of bring your dog to work day

Take Your Dog To Work Day short for (TYDTWDay) has become something which everyone agrees is a joyful and uplifting moment of the year. It was established back in the late nineties by Pet Sitters International to encourage businesses to allow dogs in the workplace every year. It was created to celebrate the great companions the dogs make. The first Take Your Dog To Work Day was celebrated in 1999 with 300 businesses taking part, by 2003 5000 companies were on board the celebrations and has only grown since then. This year Take Your Dog To Work Day falls on the 21st June 2019, so make sure you make the most of it – either by bringing your own dog into work or just appreciating other people’s!

Bring your dog to work day benefits

A study carried out by the Virginia Commonwealth University has revealed that people are more productive and happier when they bring their dogs into work. Not only that, they also boost morale and bring the team together. And so, it is not just about wellbeing, but even about the quality of the work that gets done – so everyone really is a winner!

In this day and age many people suffer from mental health, one possible way of curing this is through pets. Having a dog at work helps reduce depression. Just by petting or playing with the dog can relax and calm minds. Caring for a dog makes you feel valuable. It gives you a purpose and sense of achievement. By taking part in the day, you will be supporting local pet communities and spreading a joyful atmosphere at the same time.

But there is also another benefit to this day, and that is to do with the charity work which is connected to the day. For, the day is set up also with the wellbeing of dogs and other animals in mind, and that is why, as well as businesses, people are encouraged to donate to the Take Your Dog To Work Day or the Bring Your Dog To Work Day website, where all the money will be going towards charities such as All Dogs Matter and Animals Asia.

How to organise a bring your dog to work day?

It is a day which is growing in popularity all over the world, and it is easy to see why. Indeed, many places such as certain universities have also adopted the notion of having a dog on campus to lower anxiety levels. It is clear to see from the growing trend that there are certainly many benefits to having some canine friends about the place when you are getting on with your action-packed day.

So, how does it work in practice, then? Well, you should let your boss know about the day (if they don’t already know about it!) and then the company you work for can also look into donating for the cause. Once it is all agreed between the staff and the managers at the office in question, you will be all set to bring in your dog! And, who knows, if the day goes well employees may be allowed to bring their dogs in more often. A dog is not just for Take Your Dog to Work Day, after all!

Many celebrities, companies and government officials have also posted about the day on social media, including Liam Hemsworth, Barack Obama, Ben & Jerry's and the MLB.

Take a look at our top tips to make sure you and your pup have a smooth day in the office.

Dog, cats and other pets too!

And it should be known that this year you can also participate in Take Your Pet to Work Week in the week that runs up to June 21st. There is also a Take Your Cat to Work Day for those workplaces which want to become a feline haven on June 17th. If your company would want to have contact information shared with media contacts seeking local participants, then you can also have your company simply fill out a form and send it in to the official Take Your Dog to Work Day or the Bring Your Dog To Work Day online site.

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