When is Bring Your Dog to Work Day and how to get involved?

Dog using a computer at work
Your report is late Rover, this unacceptable (Picture: Getty)
Today is National Bring Your Dog to Work Day, so you might notice a little more barking in your office throughout your Friday.

The day happens annually, and raises money for animal charities around the world (as well as bringing friendly new colleagues to workplaces).

Although some offices already allow furry friends, this is a very good excuse to petition your boss to allow it full time, or at least just test the water.

It’s thought that having a dog in the office can boost employee wellbeing by reducing stress, and even improve productivity through the boost in morale.

Even if you can’t bring your dog to work today, though, there are plenty of ways to get involved.

A dog being cuddled in an office
Team bonding is better with dogs (Picture: Getty)

Of course, the best thing you can do is bring your dog to work today to get involved.

Your business can donate as a whole (minimum £100) and get their logo and a link on the Bring Your Dog to Work Day homepage. Or, if you’d prefer to donate as an individual, £10 or more will allow you to add a pic of your fur baby to their Dog with a Job Hall of Fame.

All individual donors will also be entered to the #BringYourDogToWorkDay competition, with a chance to win some great prizes.

Be realistic. Unrealistic goals will only prevent you from growing. There are two common mistakes a dog owner can make that will slam the brakes hard on any potential progress you might be hoping for. First, the expectations we place on our dogs and ourselves. The misguided belief that your dog “should” be performing or responding at a certain predetermined level. Another mistake many owners make is having unrealistic assumptions. Many of us assume that our dog understands what we want and that he knows what we’re asking of him. As if that wasn’t bad enough, some of us assume that the dogs failure to perform means he’s either rebelling, stubborn, or just plain stupid.

All proceeds go to dog rescue charity All Dogs Matter and an international charity Animals Asia.

Even if your workplace isn’t suitable for dogs, you can still send some money, or share the hashtag to show your support.

Plus, it might be time to start laying the groundwork so you can take part next year.