Dogs Take The Day Off To Join The Workforce

Jun 20, 2014

Canine furry friends from around the country are escaping the dog-life and joining the work force during Friday’s national Take Your Dog to Work Day.

Dog owners all across the nation brought their dog to work today.

The annual event was originally was held in 1999 by Pet Sitters International, a professional pet sitting company, and has grown since then. Participants from around the U.S. have taken pictures throughout the day of their dogs at work and uploaded them to Twitter with the #TakeYourDog.

LuAnn Helms  along with her therapy dog Remi, work for Utah State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services.

She said dogs are important because they help those around them feel comfortable and safe.  

"If people feel good at work, they are probably more productive, and that's good in general," she said. "Sometimes petting the dog can help students relax a little bit by playng with them and giving them commands. Sometimes if I have a client who needs help with assertiveness, then I maybe have them practice giving Remi commands."

Helms said Remi would love to comment, but he hasn’t yet learned how to speak on command.