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Should You Have Dogs in the Office?

A blog post for The Office Dog (Brat)…

Meet Pixel, the Italian Greyhound and official Office Brat.

I love her dearly! She has a sweet disposition, but no definition of personal space. I know what you’re thinking… She’s probably a go-go-go running around like a crazy dog type. Hahaha! No! She sleeps 80% of the day, demands cuddles 10% of the day, and the other 10% of the day pouts until it’s mealtime.

Before the pandemic, I was on the hunt for a commercial space to expand Unglitch.io’s studio from home to a walk-in office/photo studio space. Here’s the thing… I have 2 dogs and have been working from home for almost 7 years. My oldest dog is almost 8 and Pixel is almost 3… Both hypo-allergenic which I can confirm is an actual thing. I’m deathly allergic to most dogs, but these 2 I can nuzzle my face into without any reaction!

Both are well behaved with people they know, but both get a little too excited to meet new people. The old boy needs a 5-minute cool down after meeting a new person. Pixel just wants to meet you and sit next to you right away. If they’ve both met you before and it’s the 3rd or so-on time you come into their presence they could care less about you. (The reason why I’m writing this) The issue is that they’re waaaaaaay too attached to me.

But…

If I leave for more than 5 hours Pixel loses it and a toy or two will be murdered violently and I’ll discover the body(ies) when I get home. While my older dog can hold it that long. Pixel the 8lb monster that has to pee every hour cannot… I leave a pee-pad for her. Subsequently is what brings me to being on the fence of having a public office that has 2 small dogs in it…

Help me decide!

I’d make the office pet-proof. I’ll definitely have pet-free zones and dogs will not have direct access to the front doors where a customer would walk in. I understand that not all people are dog people or would feel comfortable with 2 weird dogs running to greet them.

The Pros & Cons

According to Eden Workplace, here are the pros and cons that I agree with!

PROS:

  1. Great For Employee Morale
  2. Fantastic for One-On-One Meetings: Are you tired of always grabbing coffee or lunch for a one-on-one meeting? Having an office dog will spice things up. Dogs need to be walked at least once or twice a day. You and your colleague can walk the dog around the block and get some exercise while discussing important matters.

CONS:

  1. Poop (or pee) Happens…
  2. It Can Get Pretty Distracting

What are your thoughts as someone who would either be a customer walking in and seeing there are 2 dogs in the office OR an employee who has to share their office space with these goobers?

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