Ten of the Best Dog-Friendly Companies to Work For

The mark of a truly awesome employer is one who loves dogs so much he or she is willing to let employees bring their canine friends to the office on a regular basis. After all, dogs are man’s best friend and they’re said to help their owners live longer, happier lives. Some companies aren’t big on letting dogs come into the office (think restaurants) but some corporations love animals and have no issue letting their employees bring their dogs to work. If you’re looking for a dog-friendly company to work for, read on to find out which ones are the best.

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Google

Google is a cool company. They love dogs. They also love their employees. There’s nothing bad about working for Google. Employees get some pretty awesome benefits, such as free lunches in gourmet cafes, an onsite salon and an onsite massage therapist. Additionally, the company has no problem with employees bringing their dogs to work. Provided the employees clean up after their friend and they don’t let their dogs bother their allergic coworkers, they’re more than welcome to join. Cats, on the other hand, are not so welcome with all the dogs as Google execs feel they’d be too stressed.

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Amazon

Amazon is a very dog-friendly office to work for. According to employees, there are anywhere from two to three dozen dogs at the office any day of the week. There are rules, however, that are in place to protect animals and their owners. All dogs much be up-to-date on their vaccinations and they must b e on a leash unless their owner places them behind a baby gate or in an office with a closed door. Additionally, dogs that don’t behave aren’t allowed to come to the office because of distraction.

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The Humane Society

Here’s a shocker; the Humane Society has not always been a dog-friendly company, which seems a bit ironic, does it not? The company officially began welcoming dogs into the workplace back in 2007 when the company was able to create a foolproof process for bringing dogs to work. It’s nowhere near as simple as simply bringing your dog. You have to apply to bring your puppy friend to work, have your application accepted and then your dog has to go through a six-week trial to see if he or she is well-behaved enough to be at the office – and then he can stay forever.

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Ben and Jerry’s

The famous ice cream company is one of the most dog-friendly companies in the world. They allow their employees to bring their dogs to work every day, describing them as part of the workforce. In fact, when new employees show up for their first tour, they’re introduced to all the dogs and given their appropriate “department,” because they’re considered family. Additionally, if you work at Ben and Jerry’s, you’re going to get three free pints of frozen yogurt, sorbet and/or ice cream every single day. It’s good to have a dog you have to walk and exercise with all that.

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Build-A-Bear Workshop

This company has been named one of the best to work for in the world for three years in a row, and their dog-friendly policy is one of the many reasons for that. If you’re an employee at the corporate headquarter offices, you are happily permitted to bring your dog to work at any time. The toy company loves dogs so much they even have a chief executive dog. Every year on the CED’s birthday, all employee dogs are invited for a blowout birthday party that’s for the dogs. It’s one of the best parties of the year.

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Clif Bar & Company

The company aspires to sustain people and the environment, which makes it a dog-friendly company. Their aspiration to sustain their employees and make them happy includes allowing them to bring their animals to work on a regular basis. It’s a great way to boost morale and have a good laugh from now and again. They’ve been known to publish blog posts about funny incidents that occur to dogs in the office, such as one dog that likes to eat bagels it steals from meeting rooms when no one is looking at him.

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Replacements, Ltd.

It’s a company that really does make your life easier. Remember that one time you broke one half of your grandmother’s antique crystal vase set and panicked? Replacements, Ltd. makes it possible for you to stop panicking because they have all the replacement pieces for antiques, crystal and even silver you need. They also love dogs so much they let their employees bring them to work. The company lets employees come to work in jeans and tees, and they let their employees bring their dogs to work on a regular basis. They’re a very dog-friendly company.

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Autodesk

The people at Autodesk have a unique way of being dog-friendly. Not only do they love dogs, they love that dogs encourage their employees to take breaks that they might not take without their pets at the office. This helps alleviate stress and exhaustion, which makes employees more productive. Additionally, this dog-friendly company also offers their employees a number of awesome discounts. Imagine having six weeks of time off considered sabbatical every four years – with pay. Imagine being off work every year from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day and getting paid for it. That’s what you get here.

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Klutz

The object of this company is to produce fun craft supplies, games, and even books. They are a very dog-friendly company that’s been allowing employees to bring their dogs to work for more than three decades. The founder of the company was once approached by an employee who wanted to know if he could bring his dog to work because he’s well-behaved and easy to care for. He’s been quoted as saying that he felt there was no reason to say no to his employee’s request, so he said yes. And now it happens all the time.

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PG&E Pet Care

This includes companies such as Iams, which is part of the Proctor and Gamble family in Cincinnati. Employees of this Iams division are not only welcome to bring their dogs to work every day, they’re encouraged to do so. Without dogs at the office each day, what would their vice president of canine communications, a half Labrador retriever half bernese mountain dog, do in his office all day long? The company is big on dogs, as it should be considering it’s a pet care company. The current doggie VP is retiring soon, so the company is training his replacement.

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