THE 10 BEST DOGS FOR DIFFERENT WORK ENVIRONMENTS
Science says that workers are less stressed when there are dogs in the office. According to a recent study out of Virginia Commonwealth University, employees who take their dogs to work produce less cortisol — a hormone associated with stress — than their canine-less peers. Which makes sense if you’ve ever dog-spoke “who’s a good boy?” Truth be told, it’s harder to be stressed when you’re within reach of a cuddly furball at all times.
Is it time to change your organization’s pet policy? We’ve done our research, and here are 10 breeds we think make the best fit at 10 different kinds of companies:
#1. Mastiffs for Industrial Companies
Got an enormous office with high ceilings and lots of open space? You could turn a mastiff into your company’s mascot. Mastiffs are enormous dogs. They can grow nearly three feet tall and can tip the scales upwards of 220 pounds. Don’t let their size scare you, though. Mastiffs generally have calm demeanors, but make sure you keep your eyes peeled for their slobber. It can be quite a doozy.
#2. Golden Retreivers for Super-Friendly Companies
For companies with a great culture and all employees get along swimmingly, why not add a golden retriever to the mix? Known for their intelligence, friendliness, and desire to please, golden retrievers are fun dogs who always try their hardest to do the right thing. Whether they’re chasing their tails, watching you eat, or simply being lazy and cuddly, goldens always seem to be having a good time. Overall, golden retrievers are known for liking pretty much everyone they come across. Who knows? Maybe a golden could help bring your tight-knit group even closer together.
#3. Greyhounds for Fast Companies
Is yours a large organization characterized by fast-paced collaboration, responsive customer service, and quick deliverables? If so, the answer to your office dog riddle is quite clear: go with a greyhound. Capable of running an impressive 45 miles an hour, greyhounds can get from Point A to Point B faster than any other canine. With some creative thinking, you may even be able to figure out how to put your greyhound to work for you as a courier between different departments. Talk about fast-tracking operations.
#4. Weimaraners for Active Companies
Bred to help hunters targeting big game, weimaraners make great pets — so long as you make sure they get their exercise. These canines are quick to pick up a scent and can cover a lot of ground fast. Characterized as having an offbeat sense of humor, weimaraners are spectacularly beautiful dogs that have light gray coats and enrapturing light blue eyes. If your staff regularly gets together to explore nature, play pick-up sports, and do otherwise active things, a weimaraner would be the perfect addition to the team.
#5. Newfoundlands for Dirty Companies
Let’s say you’re a business that builds industrial cleaning equipment. Your warehouses are constantly covered in dirt, debris, and dust. Or maybe you run an arts and crafts studio, and your floors are always cloaked with paint, glitter, and scraps of paper. If your business is a dirty one — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing — a Newfoundland would feel right at home. Known for their penchant for shedding, Newfoundlands might be best suited in barbershops. Growing up to 100 pounds, Newfoundlands are sturdy, well-natured, and protective of those they love. They’re pretty cute, too.
#6. Komondors for Clean Companies
Aside from the fact they look like mops, komondors are well-suited to keep office space clean. They’re super protective of their possessions, and they’re defensive of their space. Which is not to say they’re not nice dogs — on the contrary. Komondors will bond with your work family. If your business maintains its own computing infrastructure in an in-house data center, you might want to consider designating a komondor to stand guard at the door. That way, the office pet will bark at systems administrators who absentmindedly try to bring food and drink inside your impeccably spotless server farm.
#7. Poodles for Old-fashioned Companies
A breed known for its prestige and best-in-class status, poodles exude class. Though they’re not for everyone, companies that have long since established themselves as industry juggernauts and have a winning recipe in place could get used to having poodles around. Poodles represent status and would serve as a great reminder to your staff about your company’s mission. You have to keep winning those blue ribbons, after all.
#8. Otterhounds for Aquatic Companies
Is your business located anywhere near a body of water? If so, the otterhound is the dog your office needs. As their names suggests, otterhounds are quite proficient in the water. Energetic and boisterous, otterhounds may very well provide the spark your company is looking for.
#9. Catahoula Leopard Dogs for Eccentric Companies
Is your company “out there,” man? Choose a dog that reflects your unique and one-of-a-kind personality. One such canine — the Catahoula leopard dog — has a face and coat you won’t soon forget. Spotted like a leopard and with weimaraner-esque eyes, Catahoulas are beautiful creatures that simply love life.
#10. English Bulldogs for Playful Companies
They snort. They’re comical looking. They’re perfect for playful companies. English bulldogs love people, and despite lazing around for most of the day, they always seem to have energy for a few moments of fun.
Whatever the breed, dogs have the ability to light up even the darkest offices. If you’ve not yet experienced the joys of working with canines, you’re missing out.