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New Survey Says Dogs Lift Workplace Spirits

Wellness Natural Pet Food survey reveals pets boost mood at the office.


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Pets have long been a part of the family, and now pet owners want them to be a part of the workforce, as well. According to a new survey by Wellness Natural Pet Food, 46 percent of American dog and cat owners say bringing their pet to work would improve their mood. The survey found that those most proud of being pet “parents” are millennials. Of respondents, millennials (65 percent) are most likely to have their mood improve if they were to bring their pet to work and are also more likely to display photos of their pet at work than are gen X and baby boomers.

The findings come just before Take Your Dog to Work Day on Friday, June 24. Wellness Natural Pet Food polled more than 1,000 dog and cat owners in the U.S. to uncover how pet owners feel about bringing their pets to the office.

“At Wellness, we understand the important role pets play in our lives and to celebrate those relationships, we roll out all the stops to celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day each year at our offices, from a dog-friendly ice cream truck to pet caricature artists,” said Chanda Leary-Coutu, senior marketing communications manager at Tewksbury-Mass.-based WellPet. “This year, we wanted to find out more about what others do to show their love for their furry friends not only on Take Your Dog to Work Day, but year-round.”

Additional findings include:

  • 29 percent of dog or cat owners use special meals as a way to show their pets they care—and these special meals or treats often come after a long day at the office.
  • 37 percent of dog or cat owners who are employed display photos of their pet at work. The most popular place to have a photo is on their desk (17 percent), followed closely by a phone background (14 percent) and computer background (12 percent). Employed millennial dog or cat owners (48 percent) are more likely to display photos of their pet at work than are gen X (31 percent) and baby boomers (30 percent).
  • 70 percent of dog or cat owners would bring their pets’ favorite foods and snacks to work with them.
  • 65 percent of millennials are most likely to have their mood improve if they were to bring their pet to work, compared to 43 percent of gen X and 32 percent of baby boomers. 
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