Excited to make your office pet-friendly?
Be a change-maker!
Find out how to get the scheme up and running in your own business – from selling the idea to your boss, to running a Doggy Day Trial for colleagues.
With a little bit of mythbusting, and a convincing pitch to your boss, welcoming pets into your workplace could be easier than you think. In this section you will find everything you need to know!
Welcoming dogs into the workplace can help with some of the biggest questions facing any employer today.
How can we reduce stress and increase collaboration? How can we transform the working culture and get smarter about recruiting and retaining talent? With so many companies looking for answers to these questions and many more, the business benefits of Pets at Work speak for themselves.
There are various practical questions to think about, of course. Our Pets at Work presentation will give you more reasons to convince your employer to set up the scheme and help you overcome possible barriers.
How to kick-start a Pets at Work scheme
Interested in starting a scheme at your workplace but not sure where to begin? Here are our suggested first steps.
3 Key things to check
- Check who owns and manages your building
It’s important to make sure dogs are allowed into your workplace. You may need to check this with your boss or landlord – or both – first.
- Get your leaders on board
The Pets at Work toolkit is packed with facts, research, and a ready-to-use pitch, to help you get your boss as excited at the prospect of having pets at work as you are.
- Appoint a champion or project team
If you or a small team show a willingness to take the lead on implementing Pets at Work, it will really help get the leadership on board, and help the scheme run smoothly.
Creature comforts to consider
- Dog bed
- Toys & treats
- Poo bags
- Non-slip water bowl
Responsible pet ownership
Animal welfare should be at the heart of every Pets at Work scheme. Will pets be healthy and happy spending time in your workplace? Will they have outside space for toilet breaks, for example? Our toolkit contains a list of things for companies and owners to think about before bringing their pets to work.
- The need for a suitable environment
- The need for a suitable diet
- The need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
- The need to be housed with, or apart from, other animals
- The need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease
People who’ve experienced Pets at Work just can’t stop talking about it. Watch our videos to hear testimonies from people who’ve tried Pets at Work for themselves.