Being around your dog (especially at work) makes pawfect sense

Dog_Jodie(credit: @hia.alberts / @dyrekassen)

In today’s news airlines crackdown on emotional support animals after an increase in on-board incidents. The news came off the back of  United Airlines setting more stringent rules following a bizarre incident when an artist tried to take her “emotional support peacock” on board a United flight. The peacock was apparently the last straw, but the new rules have been under consideration for a long time.

For those of you wondering, “emotional support” animals aren’t trained for any specific tasks like service animals are, their job is to provide therapeutic benefit to a person with depression or anxiety. Emotional support animals show up pretty much everywhere in the States. On a recent flight to LA with American Airlines I sat next to two friendly dachshunds and soon after my arrival I was greeted by a pug at a supermarket checkout. Just brilliant!

But let’s be honest, nearly all airlines departing the UK don’t allow emotional support dogs in the cabin, let alone peacocks and most British establishments are anti dog, let alone emotional support pets. It therefore must be terribly difficult for those who have an emotional disability, and legally qualify for an ESA, but yet their dog is still denied access.

There are some serious benefits to having a furry friend around, not only for those with emotional disabilities but for all pet owners and dogs at work are just one strand of our innovative employee engagement initiatives at Cirkle.

According to many experts, a dog can reduce stress, bring people together, keep people company, encourage healthy living, increase productivity and lighten a mood. Ask any dog owner and they’ll tell you that being around man’s best friend is good therapy. I personally feel that regardless of being registered as an emotional support animal, well behaved dogs should be given “pawthorisation” to go with their human whether that’s on a flight, at work or whilst shopping. Obviously there are limitations and I probably wouldn’t take my French bulldog to the dentist with me!

Some of the most successful companies in the world, including Google, Amazon and Ben & Jerry’s welcome dogs on their premises because they recognise the benefits. Cirkle is always open to allowing dogs in the office and our fur babies; Alfie, Dudley and Lola are often around to help with productivity and sooth away any PR stresses.

As a nation, we need to encourage businesses and public places across the UK to adopt more of a dog friendly attitude towards the nation’s 8.5 million dogs. And the amazing dogs supporting those with invisible emotional disabilities should be welcomed by all with open arms.

Jodie Gee
Senior Account Director

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