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The Positive Impact of Dogs in the Office Environment

The Positive Impact of Dogs in the Office Environment

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Boosting Morale, Productivity, And Well-Being

In recent years, an increasing number of companies have embraced a pet-friendly approach by allowing dogs in the workplace. This trend is not just a passing fad; it has substantial benefits for both employees and employers.


This article explores the positive impact of dogs in the office environment, delving into how these four key aspects can significantly enhance the workplace atmosphere and contribute to a more positive and productive work culture.

Dogs are known to be loyal and affectionate companions. Their numerous positive attributes are a big reason why more and more companies are allowing dogs in the office. AirFixture is proud to be one of those companies.

The presence of dogs in the office has been proven to have numerous benefits, from improved morale to better physical health among employees. At AirFixture, we understand how important these benefits can be for both our team members and our business as a whole—that’s why we’re proud to say that dogs are welcome here!

Not only do dogs boost morale, encourage communication between employees, improve physical health and reduce stress levels, but their presence also contributes to improved air quality and bacterial richness in the office.

Dogs Can Improve Morale and Reduce Stress

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Bonding and Socialization

One of the undeniable advantages of having dogs in the office is the enhancement of employee morale through increased bonding and socialization. Dogs act as natural conversation starters, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie among colleagues. The shared responsibility of caring for a furry office companion can create lasting connections, breaking down barriers and promoting a more inclusive and friendly workplace environment. 

Stress Reduction

Research has consistently shown that the presence of dogs in the workplace can effectively reduce stress and anxiety levels among employees. The companionship and comforting nature of dogs have been linked to decreased cortisol levels, contributing to a more relaxed and positive atmosphere.

Companies that encourage the presence of dogs often witness a noticeable improvement in employee mental well-being, leading to increased job satisfaction. 

When it comes to mental health benefits, dogs have been proven to reduce stress. This can be especially helpful in a hectic office environment where deadlines and other pressures are constantly looming. Having a pup around is an excellent way to take a break from the grind and just relax for a few minutes.

Dogs can also help open up communication between employees, as people who wouldn’t normally talk may find themselves chatting about their furry friends. Plus, caring for a dog provides structure and responsibility which can lead to improved work performance.   

Dogs Lead to Increased Productivity and Better Communication

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Dogs have a remarkable ability to enhance focus and productivity in the workplace. The positive influence of canine companionship is reflected in heightened concentration levels among employees. The responsibility of caring for a dog encourages breaks and short walks, rejuvenating the mind and promoting a more energized and focused work environment.

Facilitated Communication and Collaboration

Beyond improving individual productivity, dogs contribute to better communication and collaboration within the office. The shared interest in caring for these four-legged friends creates a common ground for colleagues, fostering teamwork and open communication. To gauge the impact, we invite you to participate in our interactive poll at the end of this article, sharing your insights on the observed changes in productivity with an office dog. 

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A recent study at Virginia Commonwealth University found that having dogs in the office can reduce stress, increase productivity, and even help to improve communication between employees. Furthermore, a 2018 study from Central Michigan University suggests that having dogs in the office can lead to improved communication between team members.

The study observed that when people interacted with their canine friends, they were more likely to cooperate with one another, resulting in increased collaboration and better job performance overall. This is due to the fact that having a dog around encourages physical movement, which helps decrease muscle tension and increases alertness – both of which are beneficial for work performance.

Additionally, it’s been shown that when people engage with their canine friends, they are more likely to cooperate with others, so having a pup around can lead to increased collaboration between team members. At AirFixture, we welcome dogs with open arms! 


Team Members Negotiation Strategies

A Guardian article reported that one dog in office helped with negotiations, “Pascoe says the dog has enabled the agency to negotiate better deals over Skype. ‘The foreign rights director will hold Marlowe up to the camera and say ‘Marlowe doesn’t like that price,’ then pause a beat—and the recipient tends to up the offer.” 

Dogs Encourage Healthy Routines and Habits

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Movement and Exercise

Dogs inherently require regular exercise, and their presence in the office encourages employees to adopt healthier routines. Taking short breaks for a quick walk or playtime not only benefits the dog but also promotes physical activity among staff members. This increased movement has been linked to improved overall health and vitality.64260 - Design Blog Assets-13

In addition to mental health benefits, having dogs in the office has physical health benefits as well. Studies show that petting or playing with dogs reduces blood pressure and increases levels of serotonin and dopamine - two essential neurotransmitters associated with pleasure, relaxation, and happiness. Having a furry friend around can also provide much-needed exercise for employees who may not have time to get out for a full workout during their busy day.

According to a 2017 study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, having dogs in the office can help reduce "overall stress levels” for workers. The study found that employees who had their own dogs or those of colleagues in the office “on average experienced lower heart rate readings" during stressful situations.  

Blood Pressure Reduction and Neurotransmitter Increase

Studies indicate that dog walking can have significant health benefits, including a reduction in blood pressure and an increase in feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. The simple act of taking a dog for a stroll can positively impact both physical and mental well-being, contributing to a healthier and more vibrant workforce. 

Dogs Promote a Cleaner and More Mindful Office

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Better Food Storage and Cleanup

Dog-friendly offices often lead to increased mindfulness regarding cleanliness and organization. Employees become more conscientious about food storage, cleaning up after themselves, and maintaining a tidy workspace. The presence of dogs encourages a shared responsibility for the office environment, fostering a culture of cleanliness and orderliness. 

Potential Downsides to Consider

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Costs and Liabilities

While the benefits are numerous, it's crucial to consider the potential downsides of allowing dogs in the office. Costs associated with cleaning, liability insurance, and potential damages must be carefully weighed against the advantages. A well-thought-out policy and clear guidelines can help mitigate these challenges. 

Allergies, Noise, Mess, and Phobias

It's important to acknowledge that not everyone may be comfortable with dogs in the office. Potential issues such as allergies, noise disruptions, mess, and phobias must be addressed through open communication and understanding. Employers should consider implementing guidelines to ensure a harmonious coexistence between dog lovers and those with reservations.



Dog-Friendly Office Cleaning Checklist


    Before & During the Day    

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High-touch surfaces: door handles, light switches, coffee tables

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Waste Disposal

Empty trash cans, dispose of dog waste bags

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Furniture, shelves, air vents

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Carpets, rugs, dog hair and fur

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Cleaning Supplies

Use pet-safe products and keep pet wipes handy


    End of the Day    


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Thorough Sweep and Mop

Floors including under dog beds and desks


Environment and Indoor Air Quality

Historically, there have been studies about dogs (and pets in general) helping to lower employees’ stress levels, increase their daily movement, and increase cooperation. Now there are also studies that focus on dogs’ contributions to better office indoor air quality.

Indoor Air Quality, or IAQ, is a significant issue in modern workplaces. Poor indoor air quality can lead to health problems, like stress and fatigue, which in turn can lead to increased absenteeism.Read more here about the solution to poor air quality in your HVAC.


Bonus Tips for Cleaning Office

  • Designated dog zones: Limit dog access to specific areas for easier cleaning
  • Entrance doormat: Collect dirt and debris before dogs enter
  • Hand sanitizer readily available
  • Encourage hand washing after dog interaction
  • Remember: A clean office is happy for everyone, with or without furry friends!


Having dogs in the office intrinsically means that cleanliness is top of mind, and leads to increased cleaning, vacuuming, dusting, etc. Dogs naturally produce ozone-destroying bacteria, helping to create cleaner air for everyone in the office. 

According to Dr. Stephanie Taylor, offices should “maintain relative humidity from 40% – 60% to decrease dry mucus membranes, improve respiratory health, decrease dry skin and itchiness, and decrease static electricity shocks” to provide maximum physical comfort for both humans and dogs.

This, in turn, leads to a higher level of indoor air quality. Dogs also help filter air by producing negative ions, and the natural oils produced by their fur coats can even act as an all-natural filter for particles like dust and pollen.

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Dogs And Our Microbiome

Bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and fungi come together to make up our microbiome, which is focused in our gastrointestinal tract and affects our health. There are multiple influences on your microbiome, including diet and environmental factors.In a University of Colorado Boulder study, researchers “learned that people who own dogs are much more likely to share the same kinds of these “good” bacteria with their dogs.” 

A 2022 study of elderly dog owners and their gut microbiota found that “dog ownership can promote the increase in beneficial microorganisms and suppress the number of harmful bacteria.”

Thanks ‘Fur’ Letting Us Bring Our Dogs To Work!

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At AirFixture, we believe in the power of canine companionship to make our workplace a healthier and happier one. In conclusion, these studies demonstrate how having dogs in the office can bring numerous physical and mental health benefits for both humans and animals alike.

Not only do pups boost morale, but they also reduce stress levels, increase productivity, and enhance indoor air quality – all of which are invaluable assets for any workplace! We’ve seen firsthand how beneficial having dogs in the office can be.

So, if you’re looking for a workplace where your pup is welcome, look no further than AirFixture! We hope to see you and your furry friend soon. Happy tails!  

Here is our list of top reasons to have dogs in office!  

  • Improved morale  
  • Reduced stress levels  
  • Increased productivity  
  • Improved communication between employees  
  • Structure and responsibility  
  • Lower blood pressure levels  
  • Increased serotonin and dopamine levels  
  • Much-needed exercise for busy employees 
  • Cleaner office awareness  
  • Healthy bodies, healthy minds 

In conclusion, the integration of dogs into the office environment offers a multitude of benefits that extend beyond the surface level of companionship. From improved morale and reduced stress to increased productivity and healthier routines, the presence of dogs contributes to a more positive and vibrant workplace culture.

However, it's essential to be mindful of potential downsides and establish clear guidelines to ensure a balanced and inclusive office environment for all. 


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