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How Dogs Can Help in the Office

This is a great story and from our own experience as we work from home it is absolutely true.

Having my dogs with me all day is a great way to feel good and having spent 20 years in the corporate field I have seen both sides. Being at home with my dogs is the way to go for me.

I do have to say they have left a bit out, not all dogs are good all the time and having a German Shepherd sit on your knee in your office chair as you refuse play with her ball is not the best help you can get!

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 3: U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) takes a moment to play with Angus McGee, a 13 week-old Australian Cattle Dog, held by volunteer Linda Gerhart of Denver, Colorado while thanking volunteers at a Democratic field office on November 3, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. Udall is facing off against Republican challenger Corey Gardner in a hotly contested race for one of Colorado’s two Senate seats in tomorrow’s mid-term elections.
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For pet owners, one of the best parts of their day is when they come home from work and see their home companions welcome them with unbound love and affection. This short exchange releases oxytocin, a hormone which induces social bonding, trust, relaxation and, more important at the end of the day: releasing stress. What if you can have oxytocin bursts all throughout the day?

In an article from the Washington Post by Marlene Cimons, interactions between pet-owners and their feline or canine partners are excellent stress relievers, for both parties involved. This has provided a new avenue for pets to find their way into people’s workplaces.

“Dogs make people feel good,” says Brian Hare, an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience at Duke University. These days, dogs are now found in some courtrooms, hospitals, exam study halls, hospice care settings, nursing homes, airports, classrooms and elsewhere. “Their only job is to help people in stressful situations feel better. Many people seem to respond to dogs in a positive way.”

It seems to be the way of the future, where dogs provide a certain type of treatment, very much like what therapy dogs do for children, who have experienced improved reading when dogs are with them during the learning process, according to a Stillwater News Press article.

Remember having you dog close and stroking them releases all those happy chemicals and has been shown to reduce blood pressure, best argument ever for letting them sit next to you on the sofa!