Trained dogs can be employed in so many ways that help humans and here’s another one: stress therapy in the office.
Pet Partners based in Washington began sending trained dogs into the office setting two years ago as part of a workplace wellbeing program.
Well-known employers like Intel and Aetna have employed the services of the dogs.
A dog receiving attention by an Aetna employee, photo by Alexandra Gunnoe
Instead of allowing dogs in the office full-time (which I obviously prefer), these programs are a novelty that also manages other issues such as employees who have dog allergies or who are extremely fearful of dogs.
In settings where people have very demanding jobs, and expectations of long working hours, a visit by a well-behaved dog must certainly be a welcome relief!
I love it when we hear about dogs who are able to use their instincts, talents and charm for good. There is a growing body of knowledge about how the company of dogs can assist with human therapies.
In this video, the pet therapy program at HCA Virginia’s Chippenham and Johnston-Willis hospitals is featured. Meet Fraser, a Black Labrador/Golden Retriever mix. Fraser’s canine colleague, Schaffer, doesn’t feature in this video. But, as full-time employees of HCA Virginia, the dogs receive benefits which include supplies and paid veterinary care.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand
The challenges for managers these days include ’employee satisfaction’ ‘reduce stress’ ’employee retention’ ‘increase productivity’ and ‘how can we get people to work longer hours?’
In this article by BenefitsPro (a resource for HR managers), you’ll discover the 2012 study which showed that employees whose dog accompanied them to work actually had lower stress at the end of the day compared to the start (the opposite was true for employees who were not accompanied by their pet).
Risdall Public Relations employee Len Mitsch takes advantage of the firm’s pet-at-work policy with his dog, Rowdy. Photo courtesy of Risdall Public Relations
“Pet presence may serve as a low-cost, wellness intervention readily available to many organizations,” says Randolph Barker, professor of management in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business
For the full story, click the link below:
Is a pets-at-work policy wellness’ new best friend? | BenefitsPro.
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Some of the great benefits of owning a dog are:
- Reduction of stress
- They make you exercise
- They provide unconditional love
- And on top of this, they boost self esteem (even after a bad day at work, they love you!)
- When life is hard, they teach you the value of play
- Because they love you, they provide safety & security
- They provide a sense of belonging – you’re packmates!
- On top of everything, the act of petting a dog is proven to lower blood pressure and heart rate
Enjoy your weekend. Have you hugged your dog today?