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Friday is Bring Your Dog to Work Day

Cheryl Browne

By Cheryl Browne, Barrie Examiner

Quin, a year-old chocolate Labrador, is one lucky dog. He joins his master, Elizabeth Fallone, at work everyday. Friday is the 15th annual National Bring Your Dog to Work Day. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

Quin, a year-old chocolate Labrador, is one lucky dog. He joins his master, Elizabeth Fallone, at work everyday. Friday is the 15th annual National Bring Your Dog to Work Day. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

Tossing treats guiltily at your dog as you fly out the door won’t be necessary Friday.

On the 15th annual National Bring Your Dog to Work Day, Fido can hop in the back seat of your car and take his place beside your desk with ease.

Elizabeth Fallone has brought Quin to her wool shop, Eliza’s Buttons and Yarn, since she got him when he was a puppy.

The chocolate Labrador stays behind the counter, greeting guests and friends as they enter her shop at Little Avenue and Bayview Drive.

“There’s a couple of women he just adores. When he hears their voices, he goes crazy,” Fallone said.

Having just turned one, he now understands he has to calm down before Fallone will let him greet his friends.

He’s one of the lucky ones.

A Leger Marketing survey estimates of the 12.5 million Canadians who own a dog, most can’t bring their pooches to their places of employment.

Perhaps they should.

Several studies, including the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, reported having canines in the corporate world shows significant benefits in everything from increased productivity, to a boost in employee moral and increased sales.

Wendy Canning, of Bark Avenue Doggy Daycare, usually looks after between 40 to 60 dogs in her 7,000-square-foot daycare on Welham Road.

She’s not expecting a huge drop in customers on Bring Your Dog to Work day. Many of her clients commute to the GTA and can’t bring their dogs with them on their 12-hour day.

They drop them off at Bark Avenue, where they can play in the 8,000-sq.-ft. outside play area, or swim in the 18-foot pool.

And it’s OK if they can’t swim. She has doggy life-jackets on-hand, she said.

“We even have Little Tyke play equipment, it holds up the best,” she said.

Canning has tips for proper canine/office etiquette, including a non-spillable water dish, a crate for under your desk with a blanket in case they want to lie down, and, of course, baggies.

“I’d introduce them to people one at a time, and let them approach people instead of having people approach them. It can be overwhelming. But it usually only takes a few minutes for them to settle down,” she said. “I’m lucky, I get to bring my dogs to work everyday.”

Canning said most people are aware of their dog’s personality, and for some dogs, bringing them in for just the morning might do the trick.

“You can bring them home at lunch, shorter stints for some dogs is just enough.”

cheryl.browne@sunmedia.ca


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