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HC Online | 16 Mar 2012, 12:03 AM Agree 0
There’s a new theory around town known as PAW (Pooch at Work), and it’s catching on.
  • Lauren Ashton | 16 Mar 2012, 01:18 PM Agree 0
    Maybe pit bulls should be on the list! For security reasons...
  • Michael Stone, Holistic Services Group | 16 Mar 2012, 02:06 PM Agree 0
    They now have 'rent a dog' business in Japan, where you can rent animals by the hour.
  • Madeleine Baldissera | 16 Mar 2012, 02:10 PM Agree 0
    Loved the article on Office Doggies. I firmly believe in the power of pet therapy and have for many years. Being a 'dog tragic' myself, there's nothing like unconditional love, and patting your pooch. I've also a cat who calls my office desk home, and it all helps to reduce stress. Ever notice when you're up the street, there's always a lonely soul whose companion is their dog. Dogs bring people together if only for a minute or two of conversation. Two dogs come to mind in my suburb - Emma an old lab who carries her rag doll in her mouth wherever she goes. Em never fails to get a pat, and she loves her baby doll. The dog across the road visits elderly neighbours in the street and never fails to bring a smile and comfort to socially isolated members of the community. With most people working often miss out on the sense of community.
    Well done - it does the heart good to know man's best friend continues the mission of 'shared love and stress management.'
  • Hannah C | 19 Mar 2012, 04:09 PM Agree 0
    I love this article, and really hope something like this takes off in Australia. I believe that this would be effective in reducing stress and depression/loneliness, boosting exercise and encouraging positive social interaction in the workplace. However we'd need to consider that there may be a minority who have a fear of these animals, or who suffer allergies from them. If we can manage these (and other OH&S) concerns appropriately, it would be wonderful.
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