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Have You Brought Your Dog to Work Today?

26 June 2015

UK - Today, 26 June 2015, is National Bring Your Dog to Work Day. Many companies around the UK are today letting employees bring their dogs into work. Not only does this fantastic initiative keep your pet happy and your office motivated, it also raises money for a good cause.

Leaving your pet at home while you are out at work all day can be stress full for your dog. 

Most dogs enjoy being around people, playing and going for walks, so being left for eight to nine hours on their own can lead to separation anxiety

The DailyMail notes that one in four of Britain's dogs now suffer from separation anxiety.

National ‘Bring Your Dog to Work Day’ is therefore a great incentive that highlights the flexibility of today’s employers and their willingness to adapt to the needs of employees’ much-loved pets.

As well as cheering up your pooch, the day also raises money for dog welfare charities. Donations can be made by the owner or by the company. If you want more information on how to donate please visit,

If you are not able to take your dog to work then here are some tips from Antoine Chabassol at Pawsomebox, a gift box subscription service for dogs, on how to make sure your pooch is not anxiously waiting by the door for your return.

“If you don’t live close enough to work to nip back on your lunch break, the obvious choice is to hire someone to pop in and walk your dog at midday, so they can relieve themself and engage in some human interaction. 

"However as the cost for this can quickly mount up, an alternative is to make sure he’s worn out before you leave. Take your dog for a nice long walk at times when you know you’re not going to be home for a few hours. How long it takes for your dog to tire depends entirely on his breed, age and general health but you are the one that knows your pet best.

“Another route is to have a supply of toys available to entertain your dog before boredom takes hold. Food-dispensing toys are a great option that can keep your pooch going throughout the day. Chew toys are another good choice – but make sure you have a test drive while you’re at home to make sure the toy is safe and isn’t going to become a choking hazard.

“Leaving the radio or TV on throughout the day can offer reassurance to your dog and stop them from getting startled from outside noises. This is a much better option than leaving them in the garden or yard where other animals, traffic and passing neighbors can cause alarm or distress.”

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Lucy Towers

Lucy Towers
News Team - Editor

After graduating from The University of Sheffield, Lucy joined 5M in 2011 as part of the News Desk team. In 2012, she was promoted to editor of TheFishSite. With previous farming experience and a love for the great outdoors, Lucy has a passion for wildlife and the environment.

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