Reviewing the Benefits & Challenges of Dogs in the Workplace

Research Paper Title

Dogs in the Workplace: A Review of the Benefits and Potential Challenges.


Pet dogs, therapy dogs, and service dogs can be seen in workplaces with increasing frequency. Although dogs may provide many benefits to employees and employers, their presence may introduce additional hazards and concerns to the work environment.

Therefore, decisions to accept dogs in the workplace may include many considerations including the health, safety, and well-being of employees, legal and cultural sensitivities, and animal welfare.

The present paper serves to introduce the issue of dogs in the workplace and outline the potential benefits and challenges to their presence. The legal accommodations afforded to certain types of dogs in workplace settings are discussed, and the research findings pertaining to the potential benefits of dogs on human health and well-being are summarised.

The paper concludes with considerations for human resource management personnel in the areas of diversity, employee relations, ethics and corporate responsibility, organisational and employee development, safety and security, and legal considerations, as well as suggested topics for future research.


Foreman, A.M., Glenn, M.K., Meade, B.J. & Wirth, O. (2017) Dogs in the Workplace: A Review of the Benefits and Potential Challenges. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 14(5): 498. Published online 2017 May 8. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14050498.


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