Dogs Make the Best Assistants
Dogs make the best office assistants, really. One of the perks of working for Red Barn Consulting, is being able to work from home. I used to work the usual 8-5 office job, and my dogs hated it. They would start getting destructive because they missed me – and maybe my husband a little too. I don’t know how familiar you are with German Shepherds, but they are one of the most clingy dog breeds. They are so happy that “Mom” now gets to stay home with them all day. And I’ve found them to be very helpful as well.
They help with a work life balance. My dogs help to keep me on a schedule. Every morning, they wake me up to start the day. They force me to take breaks throughout, get up and move around, and when I need to regroup – we go for a walk or a drive. Casey, our female, has a strict bed time routine, and she will stare at me until I follow her to the bedroom, so no late nights for me.
They are great listeners. Working from home can be tricky when you need advice. There’s no one to bounce ideas off of or to talk out things out with. Or so I thought! My dogs love it when I talk to them. They don’t care if I want to complain about my bad day or talk out the best way to get a task done. Plus, they are adorable when they do that head tilt!
Dogs are a networking tool. Having worked in customer service for many years, I’ve found that having dogs is a great conversation piece and helps with networking. There isn’t just a bond with people who are dog owners, but there’s an even bigger comradery with other German Shepard owners.
They reduce stress. It’s incredibly hard to stay mad or upset when your furry best friend is by your side making sure you are ok. Dogs are fantastic at reducing stress and providing other health benefits. According to WebMD petting your pet can reduce your blood pressure and help you produce relaxation hormones.
I’m an animal lover by nature, even donating monthly to the ASPCA.Their commercials get me EVERY time. And while the dogs haven’t figured out how to fetch the ringing phone, they still deserve a treat for being the best office assistants in the house. Want to check out your dog’s skills in the workplace – June 26th is Take your Dog to Work Day!