By: Abby Hughes

Everyone sees the same corporate perks – time off, sick days, flexibility, holidays… But what about having perks for when you’re actually IN the office? At Chi-Chi, LLC one of our favorite perks is being able to bring our furry friends to the office.

While some companies may think that dogs in the workplace only offer unnecessary distractions, there are plenty of positives to having your best friend by your side.

My list of the Top 3 Perks of Bringing Your Dog to Work.

1. Peace of Mind

We all hate the harsh reality that the world isn’t always trustworthy. One perk of having my Milly at work was knowing I had backup at all times. Milly is only around 2o lbs, but she is the definition of “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” I have three dogs, the other two being 50+ lbs each and their bark being the scariest thing about them. Even with their size, I know Milly would be my right-hand gal.

2. Quick and Easy Ice Breaker

Everyone loves puppies! There is no better ice breaker than the old-fashioned “Your dog is so cute! What’s their name?” Not only does having a furry companion give you an instant topic to discuss, it also provides a calming vibe and helps relax the atmosphere. Even the tensest conversations can be brightened up by a wet nose and a wagging tail.

3. They ARE a distraction!

We all know what it’s like to get lost in your work to look up and suddenly four hours have passed without you so much as taking a drink of water. Having your dog in the office is a living reminder that even the hardest working humans need a break! Milly often reminds me that I like to take a walk around the block and come back to my work with fresh eyes. Or that I accidentally worked through lunch and she could use a snack, too! As much as we like to buckle down and get our work done it isn’t healthy to stagnate all day. We need to stretch our legs and get some fresh air to keep our minds sharp as well as our bodies.

Bringing your well-trained dog in the office can be as much of an effective sales tool as it is good for productivity. Next time you get a chance, bring your pooch along and let us know if you notice a difference in your daily routine. We love our furry friends and hope to hear from yours!

Give your dog a treat for us and don’t forget to scratch behind the ears!