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Stress is everywhere in the workplace these days. What better way to reduce this stress than by bringing your lovable pooch to work with you?

Researchers have discovered that pets provide many health benefits, one of which is lowering of the blood pressure. More and more companies are starting to allow you to bring your dog to work with you – but for this to be a success for you, the dog, and the company, here are a few tips to help pooch settle in:

* Only bring dogs that are properly socialized and well-behaved. Your pooch must be able to get along with other people and pets, and must not bark, fight, or otherwise misbehave. You are still at a place of business; your pet must not disrupt the work of your coworkers or clients.

If you find your dog misbehaving, you can try providing him with more exercise. Tired dogs are good dogs! Take him out for a long walk before work so that he’ll be calm when you get in. At lunch, play a game of fetch or take him for a jog. If you can’t do provide him with enough exercise, think of hiring someone else to do it for you.

Oh – and be sure to take him out regularly for bathroom breaks. You can’t blame a dog for misbehaving when he’s really got to go!

* Bring doggie essentials. Be sure he has a food and water bowl, some toys (no noisy ones!), a blanket or bed, a brush or comb, and some treats. You’ll also want to bring a clean-up kit just in case poochie has an accident.

* Keep your dog confined to your space. Hard though it may be to believe, some people are not fond of dogs. Others may have allergies. Regardless of the reason, you should have a way of keeping your pooch beside you.

Some examples are: tying his leash to your desk; erecting a pet gate; using a kennel; or simply shutting your office door.

There are thousands upon thousands of people who would love to have their pets beside them at work. If you’re one of the lucky ones with this opportunity, take some time to help your pooch adjust. You’ll be able to enjoy each other’s companionship throughout the day – and your dog can bask in the attention of your pet-loving coworkers and his new doggie-friends!