Special Reports
Liven Up Your Home Office with a Canine Companion

By Stephanie Sharpe
Planet Green
March 19, 2009

Working at home is becoming more and more popular. This is great news for the
environment—and your wallet—since it cuts back on commuting. Not to mention the
joy of saying goodbye to rush hour traffic.

But if the idea of working from home leaves you misty-eyed for companionship,
think of trading in your human coworkers for a canine companion.
How dogs help you work from home:


Everyone know that a dog is man's (and woman's) best friend. Being in good
company can make you less likely to miss your old office pals—and politics.

Doggie Foot Warmer

Who needs a Snuggie when you have this guy? Keep your feet or your lap warm in
the winter with some doggie snuggles.

Happiness at Home

Studies show that companion animals can help improve your mood. A dog can help
lift your spirits when deadlines get you down.

Increased Productivity

Studies show that having your dog with you while you work can help increase
productivity. Plus he or she can give you an added reason to bring home the bacon.

Quick Breaks

When working at home, you may have to remind yourself to take short breaks
from the computer. Your pooch's poo break will remind you to do just that.
Plus, getting outside for a little fresh air could help boost your creativity.

Remember, getting a dog isn't a decision to jump into lightly. Consider the
responsibilities of getting a dog and choose your home/office buddy carefully.
If you want a dog who will stick by your side while you work, pick one who
prefers your lap over long walks on the beach! Many shelters know their dogs
well and can help you pick the best one for you.

Also, be sure your dog shares your green lifestyle.


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