Companies That Let You Bring Your Dog to Work
These 15 dog-friendly companies ensure their employees are never far from their pets.
Can't bear to be away from your dog? More and more companies are adopting dog-friendly office policies. Here are 15 companies that let you bring your dog to work:
Online retailer, Seattle, Washington
Hundreds of dogs roam Amazon's campus on any given day. And why wouldn't they? There are doggie water fountains, dog treats at the reception desk and even a small dog park.
- Ben & Jerry's
Ice cream company, South Burlington, Vermont
The Vermont headquarters of Ben & Jerry's has special employees called K-9 to 5'ers, who receive payment in the form of cookies at the reception desk.
- Big Spaceship
Advertising agency, Brooklyn, New York
This company's office dogs are such valued employees that their professional photos are included on the Big Spaceship website's staff section.
- Bissell Homecare
Floor cleaning company, Grand Rapids, Michigan
In addition to supporting dog shelters and animal rescues through its Bissell Pet Foundation, Bissell lets employees bring their pets to the office. Once there, dogs can enjoy the Pet Spot, an indoor dog spa with a play area and bathing stations.
- Build-A-Bear Workshop
Toy company, St. Louis, Missouri
Employees at Build-A-Bear's "World Bearquarters" can bring their dogs to work. There are even office birthday parties for the pups, complete with birthday cake and dog treats.
Online retailer, Brooklyn, New York
The company's dog-friendly office policy has been in place since 2005. According to Etsy's site, it is part of its efforts to maintain a casual, creative and inspiring work environment.
Technology company, Mountain View, California
The company's dog friendliness is written into Google's Code of Conduct: "Google's affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we're a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out."
Hotel and restaurant group, San Francisco, California
Kimpton offers its employees pet insurance and bereavement leave for pet deaths. Pets that go to work with their owners enjoy water bowls, treats, toys and beds. Some Kimpton hotels even have a director of pet relations, an employee-owned dog that greets guests at the front desk.
Pet insurance company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
It's no surprise that a company that provides health insurance for pets has a dog-friendly office policy. "As a company that strives to attract a cohesive team with a lifelong passion for pets and their well-being, it is only fitting that our office embodies this commitment to pet health," co-founder Natasha Ashton wrote in a Petplan press release.
- Procter & Gamble
Consumer goods company, Cincinnati, Ohio
The company's pet food divisions, IAMS and Eukanuba, allow employees to bring their pets to work. It also provides up to 400 pounds of free pet food per year to employees. Some animals even hold important positions within Procter & Gamble, including a vice president of canine communications.
- Replacements, Ltd.
China retailer, Greensboro, North Carolina
Keep pets away from fine china? Not at this company, where employees are encouraged to take their furry friends to work. Replacements, Ltd. even regularly features employees' pets on its website.
Cloud computing company, San Francisco, California
Puppyforce, Salesforce's pet policy, allows employees to reserve desks in a soundproof, dog-friendly room that has water bowls, padded cages and dog beds. Employees also get discounts on pet insurance, vet house calls, pet supplies and dog walking.
- The Squires Group
Consulting and IT staffing firm, Annapolis, Maryland
Several dogs roam the office daily at The Squires Group, which has bios of employees' four-legged pals on its website.
- Tito's Handmade Vodka
Vodka distillery, Austin, Texas
Employees are encouraged to bring pets of any kind -- even rabbits -- to work at Tito's, which has an outdoor play area for dogs and offices where animals are allowed to roam free.
Video game developer, San Francisco, California
At Zynga, according to the company, every day is "Bring Your Dog to Work Day." Pooches who visit the office can enjoy treats and a rooftop dog park, and the company offers owners partially subsidized pet insurance.
If you're looking for more dog-friendly places, here are Five Dog-Friendly Cities in the U.S. Do you know of any other companies that let you bring your dog to work? Leave a comment and let us know!
Jennifer Marino Walters is a Washington, D.C.-based writer specializing in parenting, children's and lifestyle topics. She does not have a pet, but her three small kids keep her busy enough!