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The Top Dog-Friendly Companies to Work For

Looking for a new job or just changing jobs can be extremely stressful. Checking out companies with great pay, health benefits, commuting distance and perks can boggle any one’s mind. What can bring on twice the anxiety is leaving your four-legged best friend home alone or in a kennel for 8 to 10 hours a day.

Over the years, employers have become aware of just how important dogs are to dog parents and are adjusting their work environment to suit those needs. It not only benefits the employee, it also enhances the office attitude and productivity increases. Studies show that when employees are allowed to bring their dogs to work, stress levels drop and all-around job satisfaction improves.

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Amazon

This company rates as one of the top dogs because they had them in mind before office construction even started. When Amazon built its campus in Seattle it designed courtyards between buildings for employees and their dogs. To protect the landscaping in the small parks, they built in a couple of feet of stones between the walkways and the greenery where dogs can urinate without hitting the plants. According to seattledogspot.com, Amazon has a history of dog loving policies from early on when the company’s principal engineer brought his Welsh corgi named Rufusto to work every day.

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Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster is a ticket sales and distribution company based in Beverly Hills, California, under the Live Nation Entertainment umbrella. Glassdoor.com rates them highest on their list because they offer dog lovers something most of the others companies don’t: pet insurance! Not only can you take your dog to work, you have the comfort of mind knowing that whatever happens to your best friend you’ll be covered.

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Ben & Jerry’s

OK, free ice cream every day would make any employee love working here, but as Ben & Jerry’s web site states “we love our dogs almost as much as we love our ice cream (okay, maybe the same amount)”. Members of the “K9-5ers” start their day with a pup-friendly treat at the reception desk, and after that they can expect lots of cuddles, hugs and afternoon walks from the human workers through out the day. Talk about a “ruff” life.

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Atlantic Health

Atlantic Health, a New Jersey based hospital chain, not only lets employees bring their pets to work, they encourage it. The Health System started a pet therapy program, Soothing Paws®, back in 2012. According to atlantichealth.org, it has approximately 80 pet therapy teams, each made up of a hospital volunteer and his or her trained dog, who visit patients and their loved ones in their hospitals.

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VMWare

This Palo Alto, California software company has welcomed dogs into the office since 2011. Get Leashed magazine says the “open campus” policy started when an employee brought in a foster dog for adoption and noticed cross-department traffic and production increasing. Today employees sign an agreement on dog etiquette, and VMWare’s security equips the dogs with a tag and bandana. Now there are more than 90 dogs registered to visit the VMware offices.

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Google

This rates as one of the most dog-friendly companies by almost every standard. Even with the most amazing office perks (from on-site haircuts to free breakfast bar and massage therapists), employees count bringing their dog to work among their favorite. There’s a dog themed cafe inspired by Yoshka, the first dog owned by Urs Hölzle, employee #8 and the company’s first SVP of Technical Infrastructure. Google even includes dogs in their official Code of Conduct: “Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture.”

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Etsy

Etsy is an e-commerce site selling handmade or vintage items. According to Etsy, their dog-friendly office policy has been in place since it began in 2005. The company strives to keep a casual, creative, and inspiring work environment and believes bringing dogs to the office cultivates this idea. Even employees who dislike dogs report they love having them there because of the effect they have on other employees. They diffuse anxiety and make even the grouchiest, stone-faced worker smile instantly.

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Build-A-Bear Workshop

The workshop for adults and children is an interactive retailer of customized stuffed animals. It’s also at the top of the rover.com list for the customized experience the dogs of employees receive. The company offers a special concierge service: Get your dog dropped off and picked up from their doggy day spa. Dog’s birthday? No worries, they have a birthday “cele-bear-ations” cake for your pooch. The company is so canine supportive that in 2015 they started a Promise Pets line of stuffed animals that promotes teaching children about animal care through interactive play.

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Salesforce

Dogster.com gives this company 4 paws up because of their unique feature, the “Puppyforce” room. This cloud company’s headquarters in San Francisco offers a soundproof room where employees can reserve a desk to bring their dog to work with them. All dogs have to register with security and get a photo ID. This onsite facility fills up fast so employees are advised to register well in advance.

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Facebook

Do you know Boo? The Pomeranian with his own Facebook page that has over 16 million likes. That dog belongs to Facebook employee Irene Ahn. Facebook coders often work long hours so the company encourages doggie downtime to help with long stressful days. According to getleashedmag.com, these mental breaks along with fresh air from doggie walks keep the employees (and the dogs) sharp, alert and healthy. Why do you think Boo gets so many likes?

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Brewdog

Talk about a dream job! Beer and dogs! BrewDog owns and operates two eco-friendly breweries, one in Ellon, Scotland and one in Columbus, Ohio. Are you an expectant puppy parent? No problem if you work for BrewDog; the company will give you 7 days leave to bond with your new family member. According to BrewDog, not only are dogs welcome in the offices, but patrons at more than 30 international bars around the world are welcome to share a pint with their 4-legged companion at a stool next to them.

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Workday

Workday is a financial management and human resources software vender based in California. According to fortune.com, employees at the company’s Pleasanton, Salt Lake City, and Victoria, Canada offices are welcome to bring their dogs to work. If you are one of those who work there and haven’t found your best friend yet, Workday will give you financial assistance for pet adoptions. So you will have no excuse not to attend the annual Bring Your Dog to Workday party at its headquarters.

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Kimpton

Their motto is “Kimpton Invites You to Bring Your Furry Friend”. Kimpton is a pet friendly chain of 117 hotels in 41 cities. Not only can the employees bring their favorite family member to work, they also provide pet insurance, water bowls, treats, beds, toys and even if the unthinkable should happen, bereavement leave if needed. They also advertise a “Directors of Pet Relations,” a canine posted at the front desk to greet guests pets. “If your pet fits through the door,” Kimptom quotes, “we’ll welcome them in.”

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Kabbage

Kabbage is a tech startup that provides access to small business funding through free marketing tips, webinars and online tools. According to Kabbage, they found that by bringing your dog to work, productivity increases, stress levels drop and all-around job satisfaction improves. A positive perk for the boss is that the stress of the employee working late dissipates, too. Not only does their website and mobile app attract positive attention so does the companies dog policy.

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Addepar

Addepar, Inc. is an American investment management technology company and is rated by Glassdoor.com as one of the best dog-friendly companies to work for in 2017. They also report that the benefits they offer their employees are mind-blowing, such as free gym memberships, meals, housing stipends and flexible vacation schedules. But the most beloved benefit is working in the dog-friendly offices. For this reason and their work culture, employees rate this company 4.4 out of 5 stars.

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Mars

Nothing is more relaxing and comforting than eating a Mars bar with your pooch on your lap; and that’s at work. This company is high on the dog list for its office pet culture, feeding and boarding programs, let alone for the great employee benefits. Nothing says a company loves dogs more than one that has a 75-year-old pet food program. Mars Petcare has approximately 50 brands, made up of about 75,000 associates in more than 55 countries. According to Mars, it’s also the world’s biggest veterinary health group with multiple pet care hospitals making it the largest veterinary operation in the North America.

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Activision Blizzard

If you’re a gamer, you’ll know them. If you’re a dog lover looking for a job, you should get to know them. This California company is the maker of hits such as World of Warcraft, Call of Duty and Skylanders, to name a few. They are also a hit with their employees with the dog-friendly workplace culture. The Irving office is open to all pets of employees. According to blizzard.com, there are more than 750 pets registered at Blizzard with roughly half of them dogs. They are welcome everywhere at the office, at people’s desks, in meetings, and hanging out by the giant Orc statue in the center of campus.

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Rover.com

Rover.com operates an online marketplace for people to buy and sell pet care services including sitting, boarding, and dog walking. So, of course, this is a no-brainer job for you and Fido. According to Rover.com, they are the ultimate in dog-friendly work environment. Looks like rain? They have you covered (or your dog) with complementary doggy raincoats. Want a dog and can’t afford one? They’ve got you covered with benefits including an adopt a dog fund and canine bereavement leave. Want to check out your dog in the office from lunch break? Go to their RoverCam.

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PrintingForLess.com

This Montana company specializes in color printing for custom brochures, catalogs, postcards, business cards and more. They also specialize as a huge proponent of the dog-friendly workplace. According to printingforless.com, their dog policy helps staff morale and builds camaraderie among employees. One of the biggest perks for the company is it decreases employee absenteeism. They even have a “best in show” competition for employee dogs every year.

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Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc makes 3D software for architecture, engineering, construction, as well as the entertainment industries. Some of their best selling software includes Autocad, Rivit, Maya and Sketchbook. Along with being the flagship in computer-aided design (CAD) software, they are a pioneer when it came to liberal dog policies, according to tinypulse.com. Another perk for you and your pooch is discounted insurance, not only for your dog, but your other furry friends, too. Not only is their workspace for your dog, they also have a separate space for those with allergies to dogs.

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