"Ruff" day at the office? Workplaces that allow pets have calmer, less stressed employees

An article on USATODAY.com by Sharon L. Peters, states that more employers are letting their employees bring their pets to work with them. Peters says that the America Pet Products Association Manufacturers found that 20% of the companies they surveyed now have pet-friendly policies. Most of the pets brought into the workplace are dogs, but some allow other animals as well.

Replacements Ltd. is a Greensboro, N.C. company that's used to having between 20-30 dogs in the building on most days, as well as the occasional cat or rabbit.

Advocates of this growing trend say that pets in the workplace have a positive effect on staff retention, increase employee morale and are a calming presence even for the non-owners.

But, the article states, not all dogs are good candidates for take-your-dog-to-work-days, including those that show aggression to people or other animals, dogs that are territorial, hyperactive or vocal and dogs that are very shy or fearful. In addition, dogs that have constant flatulence, snore loudly or drool excessively, need not apply. They must have good manners, be house-trained and well-groomed. Peters says that, while some owners realize that their dogs wouldn't be a good fit in the workplace, many simply can't or won't acknowledge that their animals would be an annoyance or a distraction at work. The truth is that the vast majority of dogs need basic obedience training and better social skills in order to become office-appropriate.