If you’ve not yet had the privilege of meeting our Molly, you’re in for a treat. She’s a sweet little thing who’ll do anything for a belly tickle and a lick of your nose.
If you could see the tiny amount of chair I’m perching my bottom on while Molly lounges behind me in complete comfort, you’d realise just how much this tiny mutt has found a firm place in our hearts. I’ve always been as soft as a brush but Molly takes the biscuit… literally.
As a dog-friendly workplace, we’re up there with some top names, including Amazon, Ben & Jerry’s and even Google – known as one of the most employee-friendly companies in the world.
Surveys suggest that having a dog in the office is good for you, boosting morale and reducing stress levels, and I have to say I agree. Considering she had such a harsh start in life, she’s amazingly gentle and trusting and, in an often frantic PR office, a little cuddle or a quick game of ‘fetch’ with her squeaky burger gives us an opportunity to rest our eyes away from our Macs and give our backs and shoulders a nice stretch.
It’s also quite nice to have a little walkies at lunchtime. Good exercise for us as well as Molly.
Of course, not all dogs will be suited to an office environment but, if you’re considering bringing your dog into work, here are a few tips to ensure a successful induction:
1: Check with your colleagues about allergies and dog phobias. This is usually the biggest hurdle.
2: Set up a place – a cushion or a dog bed – where your pooch will feel safe and happy in the knowledge that they’ve got a place of their own.
3: Make sure said pooch is house trained.
4: A barker or a whiner will be disruptive so nice, quiet, friendly dogs only please. Only nice dogs that don’t jump up will work when you have clients visiting every day.
5: Finally, make sure he’s fully vaccinated, flea-free, squeaky clean and smells of roses. Then, everyone will love having him around.
Just like we all love Molly.