DOG lovers will be taking their loyal four-legged companions into work with them today for national Bring Your Dog to Work day.

The day aims to promote the benefits of bringing dogs into safe work environments and raise money for animal welfare.

Among pet lovers in Worcestershire taking part is Michelle Hill, who runs Claines Dog Grooming Services, in Claines, near Worcester, pictured here in preparation for the event.

Her faithful friend Buddy is already making himself at home in her dog grooming parlour.

The day, founded and organised by natural pet product manufacturer HOWND, proved popular in 2015 and 2016 with thousands of people sharing Pooch Selfies on social media and using the hashtag #BringYourDogToWorkDay.

The two official charities for the day in 2017 are All Dogs Matter, which rescues and rehomes hundreds of dogs each year in the UK and Animals Asia, a charity foundation that saves dogs and cats from the corrupt meat trade in China and Vietnam.

Recent research supports the idea that dogs in the workplace are growing in popularity.

Employment website Reed.co.uk recently estimated that eight per cent of employees in Britain have permission to bring their dogs to work.

While an American study published in 2012 found that dogs at work may make a positive difference by reducing stress levels in staff and increasing their levels of job satisfaction.

This is a view shared by the London company BorrowMyDoggy, which prides itself on offering a dog-friendly environment.

Lynn Unick, from the company, said: "There are so many studies that show the benefits of having dogs in the workplace and we have definitely experienced those benefits first hand.

“They make us laugh, they make us smile and their contribution to the overall atmosphere in the office is wonderful.

"I would absolutely encourage other companies to introduce a pet friendly policy. It’s fantastic for company morale and brings so much happiness into the working day.”

Will you take your dog to work? If so, share your pooch selfies on our Facebook and Twitter pages or email them to ak@worcesternews.co.uk

I work from home so every day is take your dog to work day for my Poppy :D here she is making sure I don't slack off on the job :)
Lisa Ventura