Bringing Your Dog to Work Could Make the Office Run Smoother

Bringing Your Dog To Work


Ever thought about bringing your dog to work? Office life can be a drag; they don’t call it “the 9-to-5 grind” for nothing. A typical corporate setting with confined work spaces, stressful presentations, and limited friendly interaction can quickly drain someone of their zeal for the job.

That’s why companies across the country are starting to think creatively when it comes to improving office morale. One such method seeing positive results is “take your dog to work day.”


Certain work spaces are now allowing their employees to bring along their furry best friends with the hope that their presence will help improve the overall vibe of the office.

In pet friendly offices, people get to interact with dogs throughout their day, breaking up the routine in the most cuddly way imaginable.

Also, it can help humanize the employers as well — it is hard to view your boss as a tyrant when they are playing a game of fetch with your dog.


Some offices are implementing a Dog Day once a week to give employees something to look forward to, while others are keeping their doggy door open 24/7, turning their office into an all day puppy party. Either way, employees in dog-friendly offices have reported significantly lower levels of stress.

Beyond that, while employees in a standard office claim to have increasing levels of stress throughout the day, people in dog-friendly offices tend to relax as the day progresses. (Center for Human-Animal Interaction at Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012). It seems bringing your dog to work calms down your coworkers!


However, despite the various benefits to bringing your dog to work, only 5% of offices in America allow pets.

Part of the reason for such a low number of dog-friendly work spaces is the legal ramifications of a canine-related mishap.

Things to consider are employee allergies or phobias; some people feel alienated by the presence of something they fear or that physically irritates them.


Another potentially complicated matter is the fact that some dogs are simply not socialized well enough to be safe in an office environment. How do you make sure that the dogs being brought in are up to the task?

Opening your office’s doors to dogs requires that you place a lot of trust in your employees’ judgment.

You don’t want to find out too late that someone’s dog doesn’t do well in crowded places when bringing your dog to work.


So while the inclusion of dogs in the office is by-and-large a good thing that could make the day-to-day minutiae a little more tolerable, the fact that dogs are not universally adored, along with people’s allergies, leads companies to play it safe and take the common stance of “keep your pets at home.”

But if you work in an environment where there are no persons opposed to the presence of a dog on a regular basis, float the idea and see how people respond. Assuming the dog is well behaved, most people will jump at the opportunity to include a fur baby in their daily office routine.

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New Program Shows That Cats Help Students Read


Can Cats Help Students Read?

A new way to encourage struggling students to improve their reading skills has suddenly cropped up, and it is cuddlier than you might think.


The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, PA, has recently set up The Book Buddy program, in which students having difficulty reading get to practice on one of the least judgmental audiences imaginable — a room full of cats.

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It all began when volunteer coordinator Kristi Rodriguez’s son was having trouble reading. She told him to try reading to a few of the cats in the shelter, and it worked like gangbusters. Now her son is reading better than ever.

And thus, The Book Buddies program was founded.


One student, Colby Procyzk, had lots of trouble reading and his difficulty ended up impacting his sense of worth. Says Katie Procyzk, Colbys mother, to the Huffington Post: “He’d get himself so frustrated and upset. He’d cry, ‘I can’t do this, I don’t want to, I’m dumb and I’m stupid,’”

Luckily, his grandmother has ties to the Berks County Animal Rescue League (ARL), and had heard about The Book Buddies program. It did not take long for Colby to fall in with the program, learning that reading doesn’t need to be a chore. Since his involvement with the program, Colby’s reading in school has gone up two grades, and he even started reading for his own enjoyment.

In a different case,The Book Buddies program helped Cheyenne Boyles overcome her fear of animals. Previously frightened by the mere presence of pets, Cheyenne was enrolled in the program by her father, a volunteer dog walker. After a few weeks of reading to the kitties, Cheyenne has learned that pets are nothing to be afraid of, and now even helps her dad take shelter dogs on walks.


It doesn’t stop there, either. Yes, the program is a great way to stimulate interest in reading, as well as provide struggling students a safe environment to practice, but it also helps the cats as well. The Book Buddies program is a great way to get these cats socialized. Many strays are wary of human contact at first. However, after being around children that are simply minding their own business and speaking to them in soothing tones, these cats start to come out of their shell.

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The program has also managed to stimulate adoptions, with parents wanting to take home the special cat that helped their child overcome their difficulties with reading. So, while The Book Buddies program was set up with the only goal of helping children become more comfortable reading, it has evolved into a multifaceted service that helps children, pets, and the shelter alike.

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PetPlus and 2 Million Dogs Join Forces to Fight Cancer


What is the 2 Million Dogs Foundation?

Cancer is a condition that affects us all — that includes our dogs. As it stands, one out of four dogs will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. For the unlucky ones, while treatment is still an option, it’s often expensive, invasive, and ineffective.

To help bolster the fight against this debilitating disorder, 2 Million Dogs is dedicated to uncovering the links between people, their pets, and cancer, hoping to close in on how to best prevent this condition from developing in the first place.

LIKE US on Facebook; we will donate 25 cents per like to the 2 Million Dogs foundation!

How They’re Helping


2 Million Dogs puts all of its resources into providing funding for comparative oncology studies. Comparative oncology is an area of cancer research in which doctors study and aim to treat cancer in animals, with the hope that what they learn from treating pets will result in advancement in the field of cancer treatment in general.

As it happens, cancer in our pets is not so different from cancer in people. Pets and owners both share many of the same environmental risk factors, and the biology of pet and people tumors are remarkably similar. Also, since cancer moves quicker in pets – often advancing in months what would have taken years in a person – studying cancer in pets allows for a quicker completion of clinical trials. In short, comparative oncology works to cure and prevent cancer in our pets with the idea that the discoveries made will translate to improving cancer treatment for people.

2 Million Dogs raises money for comparative oncology by hosting their “PuppyUp” dog walks all across the country. During these walks, participants sponsored by friends and family walk two miles with their dog and thousands of others to raise funds and awareness for 2 Million Dogs. In this way, 2 Million Dogs manages to bring like minded people together, increase awareness about their cause, and draw from a large pool of donors all at once.

How You Can Help


PetPlus is offering to donate 25 cents for every new “LIKE” we receive on our Facebook page, so if you haven’t liked our page yet, now is a great time to do so. And if you’ve already liked us, then share this post with your friends!

We would also like to encourage you to reach into your coffers and donate a little something yourself, or look at their events calendar and participate in a walk near you. Or, if you’re so inclined, 2 Million Dogs is always looking for volunteers, as well as new venues to host a walk. So, if you have some time to spare, or live in a place that would embrace the 2 Million Dogs mission, reach out to them here.

And remember — if we all work together, we can put a “paws” on cancer!



Hi-Tech Gear to Help Search and Rescue Dogs Save Better


Search and rescue dogs are becoming an increasingly popular and effective resource in terms of locating survivors after a disaster. However, there are still a number of improvements that could be made. As such, researchers at North Carolina State University have been looking into ways to help them work more efficiently.

Ideally, the entire search and rescue process would be automated through drones and robots, thereby putting the fewest amount of lives at risk. However, because robotics has yet to match the cognition and sensory abilities of dogs, we still rely on our canine companions to help us sniff out lost hikers or people buried during a natural disaster.

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But just because we must continue to send our furry friends into the fray, doesn’t mean we can’t make an effort to keep them safe. Giving a search-and-rescue dog the ability to monitor their vitals, collect footage of the rescue, communicate remotely with a handler, and take reading of the immediate area is going to change the way we use dogs during a rescue mission, making them incalculably more useful, and safer to boot.


Because of the various advantages and hang ups about using search and rescue dogs, the researchers are hard at work developing hi-tech harnesses and vests that could vastly improve a search and rescue dog’s efficacy. Add-ons like radios, microphones, cameras, environmental sensors, and heart-rate monitors are all being tacked on to vests and harnesses in hopes of making our rescue pups safer and more effective in the face of danger.


“We have developed techniques and technological platforms to improve the efficiency of search-and-rescue dog training and to augment the current capabilities of search-and-rescue dogs in the field,” said Alper Bozkurt and David Roberts, researchers at North Carolina State University.

When a rescue dog is sent out to scope out a possible gas leak, having a monitor on their harness that can signal when gas is detected or when the dog’s vitals begin to drop could save countless service dogs’ lives.

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With a camera and microphone on a rescue dog’s vest, we can now get a dog’s-eye view of a disaster area, as well as communicate with them remotely. This means that we will now be better able to detect when a dog enters a dangerous situation, and give us the ability to call them back from the safety of a remote location. Also, we will be able to give them commands from a safe distance, no longer requiring a handler on the scene.

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Help Aide the Rescue Dog Heroes of the Oso Mudslide

Last week, the nation reeled after hearing reports of the mammoth landslide in Oso, Washington that claimed dozens of lives. A wall of earth carrying uprooted trees and boulders downhill at breakneck speeds, what is now being called the Oso Mudslide quickly obliterated everything in its path.

With the death toll still rising, our hearts go out to the families effected, as well as those brave men, women, and dogs out searching for the lost. If you would like to donate, or to simply know whom to keep in your prayers, these are the search and rescue organizations out there getting their paws dirty in search of those still unaccounted for.

Northwest Disaster Search Dogs

One of the premier search dog organizations in the Pacific Northwest, the NDSD had 7 teams (dogs and handlers) on site searching for lost persons, leading the charge for the search dog teams.


Snohomish County K9 Airscent Team

Local K9 rescue outfit, the Snohomish County Airscent Team were among the first search and rescue teams on the scene.


King County Search Dogs

A search and rescue team from the surrounding area, the King County Search Dogs were quick to help out the cause.


German Shepherd Search Dogs (GSSD)

A search and rescue group that specializes in training German Shepherds, the GSSD sent a few teams to aide in the relief.


King County Explorer Search & Rescue

One of the largest search and rescue groups in the Northwest, KCESAR sent a number of teams to the location, both with and without search dogs.


Pacific Crest Search Dogs

After the full magnitude of this undertaking was completely understood, the PCSD sent a couple of dogs to help with the search for missing people, helping rebuff the second wave of searchers.


Evergreen Search Dogs

Another organization that had dogs on the scene, the Evergreen Search Dogs were quick to lend a paw to the rescue effort.


If you want to help those effected by the mudslide, all of the aforementioned organizations are accepting donations. Since the area has been barred off from the public for safety reasons, actual volunteer assistance is impossible. A charitable contribution, a donation of resources, or your thoughts and prayers are the best ways to help for those of us unable to physically lend a hand.

This video shows just how devastating the mudslide was to people and pets alike.


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PetPlus is pleased to help in a small way by offering each of these rescue dogs a free annual PetPlus membership plan. Please help us spread the word to support these brave men, women, and canines.