The results showed that dogs in the workplace did have a positive impact on employee stress levels and overall job satisfaction.
“Dogs in the workplace can make a positive difference. The differences in perceived stress between days the dog was present and absent were significant. The employees as a whole had a higher job satisfaction than industry norms,” said principal investigator Randolph T. Barker, Ph.D.
Are pets good for our health?
There are conflicting reports on whether pet ownership improves well-being or not. Some scientists say that having a pet at home decreases stress levels, lowers blood pressure and reduces occurrences of depression.
Other studies suggest pet owners are no better off, health wise, than non-pet owners, in fact they could worse off.
Can I take my pet abroad?
A pet is often considered a member of the family. When you are relocating abroad it can be a hard decision whether to take your pet or leave them at home. The rules on pet transport depend on the country you are travelling from and your destination.
- Pets can enter the UK from anywhere in the world providing they meet conditions of the PETS Scheme.
- For entry into the UAE owners need to provide a vaccination and good health certificate for their pet and ensure they are microchipped.
- Cats and dogs can be brought to Australia providing they meet the requirements of the Australia Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS).
- For entry into EU and EEA countries the rules vary between just needing a rabies vaccination certificate to requiring a pet passport, anti-tapeworm and anti-tick treatment. See the European Commission website for more information on moving with pets.