CANIDAE – A Dog Friendly Company in Every Way!

By Linda Cole

Having pets in the workplace can give an office a more relaxed and friendlier atmosphere. According to the American Pet Products Association, approximately 17% of U.S. businesses allow employees to bring their pets, usually dogs, to work daily. CANIDAE Natural Pet Food Company is one of them. At CANIDAE, dogs have been known to be among the “executives” sitting in on meetings. I spoke with CANIDAE employees Diane Matsuura, Sarah DeNunzio and Carl Boley, as well as Anne Prinns who operates a dairy equipment repair company called J & A Enterprises, to get their take on dogs in the workplace.

For many employees, having their dog with them at work helps them feel more relaxed, but depending on someone’s workload and responsibilities, it can also create stress if there’s not enough time to properly care for a dog while trying to make sure their work gets done. Sarah prefers to leave her dogs at home because “Having my dog here stresses me out! I constantly worry about them getting along with the other office dogs, and I don’t have time to take them on potty-walks each hour.”

Working at a pet friendly company can give you more time with your four-legged friend, especially in multiple pet households. When I asked Diane what she liked about the pet-friendly policy at CANIDAE, she said “I spend so much time at work that I enjoy being able to bring one of my dogs with me. I can spend more one-on-one time with them which wouldn’t happen at home.” Carl also likes bringing his dog to work because “My buddy gets to hang out with me. Most of the time it is relaxing and a great ground breaker when potential clients come by.”

For some dog lovers, a pet friendly workplace is a deciding factor in accepting a job with the company. Diane explained it perfectly. “One of my favorite things about working for CANIDAE is being able to bring my dog to work. I don’t bring a dog every day, but I love having the option. Most of the dogs in the office look forward to coming to work and are friends as well. It’s fun to watch them play and interact with each other. All of us at CANIDAE have dog beds under our desks. My work also involves outside events such as dog shows, and we are encouraged to take our dogs with us and participate in the event as time and work obligation allows. I feel extremely lucky to be able to get a paycheck for playing with my dogs and representing CANIDAE at the same time.”

I asked if having their dog with them at work helped reduce on the job stress. Sarah said, “They can be a huge distraction for daily tasks.” Diane answered, “I’m not sure if they help with stress, but it is really nice to have a dog sit under my desk and just be there for me.” Anne responded by saying, “I think it is nice to have him at work because it gets quiet in the office sometimes and I know he is there to take short breaks outside.”

One of the biggest challenges a pet friendly company faces is dealing with people who aren’t dog lovers. Anne, Sarah, Diane and Carl all said they try to be respectful to visitors or clients who aren’t as happy to be around dogs in the workplace. “We don’t really have that problem at CANIDAE, but occasionally we have visitors who don’t like dogs,” Diane said. “However, most people that visit us say they wish they could bring their dogs to work and they envy us.” Anne explained, “I will remove my dog and put him in the parts room while attending to a customer who is afraid of dogs.”

I asked if allowing dogs in the workplace made employees happier. Anne said “It does help both the employee and the company when the work environment is more relaxed.” Would she recommend dog friendly workplace? “Yes. I think it’s great, but there should be rules.” Diane agreed and said “Companies need to have a plan to deal with the various issues that come up when dogs are in the office. Employees have to remember that it is a work environment first and not their home.”

Working from home with my pets around me all day, I can understand the issues a dog friendly company faces by allowing employees to bring their dog to work. Nevertheless, pet friendly companies like CANIDAE and J & A Enterprises would be high on my list of places I would love to work for. Would you like to bring your pet to work?

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The personal opinions and/or use of trade, corporate or brand names, is for information and convenience only. Such use does not constitute an endorsement by CANIDAE® All Natural Pet Foods of any product or service. Opinions are those of the individual authors and not necessarily of CANIDAE® All Natural Pet Foods.

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7 thoughts on “CANIDAE – A Dog Friendly Company in Every Way!

  1. I can see both sides of this. I would love to have my dog with me at work all day long, but I would want to play with her all day and I wouldn’t get any of my work done. I would worry about all the other dogs around. Some dogs are territorial. If my dog laid in one of the dog beds that could end up badly.

  2. I think Sarah makes an excellent point about how dogs can be a distraction depending on someone’s particular job duties. The work place isn’t for all dogs and part of being a responsible dog owner who loves their dogs and a good employee is knowing if their pet can be in the workplace without being too much of a distraction that makes the job harder. Two thumbs up to you, Sarah, for knowing who your dogs are as individuals and a dedicated employee.

  3. I think you are right. It might be very distracting to have your dog at work with you. It would all depend on the dog. It just might be very exciting for the dogs to all go to work together and it just might be a free for all. But it would be great for dogs that behave well.

  4. I have to admit, this article makes me sound like I do not like dogs.
    On the contrary, I have Chihuahuas (3) and they bark, a lot! I am also on the phone with customers all day and I cannot have my dogs barking while I am attending to customers needs. What also helps in a dog friendly work place are rules and respect from both the dogs and their owners. If these are not in place then things can go bad.
    All things aside, I will be the first to bring my HORSE to work everyday as soon as we get the OK! :)

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