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    Those with access to dogs were less stressed as the day went on than those who had none, according to the researchers. Having your pet in the workplace has been shown to boost employee morale, increase productivity and motivation.

    Thousands of U.S. companies celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day, a tradition started in 1999. This year, it is June 23.

    We do impose limits. I mean, we aren’t a veterinary clinic. Buddy is clean, well-groomed, up to date on all his shots, and well-behaved. He is restricted to the lab and private offices in the back areas of the building. At no time does he come into the public areas of the office—the optical or exam rooms—and never comes into contact with the patients. In fact, they never know he is there.

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    While I’ve always been somewhat of a germophobe, I carry that to an extreme whenever he is in the office. There is obsessive hand washing and use of hand and surface disinfectants, Plus, no one ever picks up the little guy during business hours. We don’t want to trigger a patient allergy.

    Still, with commonsense precautions in place, a pet is great company. He gets me out of the office at lunch, otherwise I’d just sit at my desk and do paperwork. We go out into the yard to play fetch. He has me trained really well!

    Does your office have a mascot? I’d love to hear tales of your furry office companions. Feel free to write at [email protected].


    1. Barker RT, Knisely JS, Barker SB, et al. Preliminary investigation of employee's dog presence on stress and organizational perceptions. Int J Workplace Health Management. 2012;5(1):15-30.

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    Ernie Bowling, OD, MS, FAAO
    Dr. Ernie Bowling is Chief Optometric Editor of Optometry Times. He received his Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science in ...


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