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Bring Your Dog To Work Day: Were these pets the best-behaved employees?

Dogs have been visiting places of work up and down the country. Credit: Kennel Club/Instagram

Dogs have added a new dimension to workplaces today after being welcomed into offices around the world for Bring Your Dog To Work Day.​

People took to social media to share photos of their canine friends at desks, in meetings, reading books and meeting colleagues. ​​

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The now annual event helps to raise money for rescue charity All Dogs Matter and an international organisation Animals Asia.

Residents at Thameside Care Home in England had a visit from two regulars.

Emily, an employee, said: “The dogs bring so much joy to our residents. Even people who previously did not like dogs so much before having dementia enjoy time with them.” ​​

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Charlie is a cavoodle - a Cavlier King Charles Spaniel cross-bred with a poodle Credit: PAWS_FOR_CHARLIE/INSTAGRAM

But having a pet in the office is not a novelty for everyone and some workplaces have a resident dog. ​​

Although some offices already allow furry friends, some employees will have used the day to petition their boss to allow it full time, or at least test the water.

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It is believed having a dog in the office can boost employee wellbeing by reducing stress, and even improve productivity through the boost in morale.

Organisations like The Kennel Club also emphasised the positive impact it can have on staff too. ​​

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Caroline Kisko, secretary at The Kennel Club, said: “Every day is bring your dog to work day at The Kennel Club and we wouldn’t have it any other way.​

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“Companies are barking mad to ignore the advantages that canine colleagues can bring to staff and the workplace – they improve morale, encourage socialisation among staff, and it’s scientifically proven dogs lower stress, heart rate and blood pressure.”