Hi friends. It’s Abby, MDI’s official designing dog, UPS greeter, and sofa tester. If you’ve been following along, you know we have a dog-friendly office where all the staff dogs are treated as members of the family.

Office Dogs

We office dogs even share our peanut butter Kong bones while our people eat lunch together around the big table. (If you haven’t been following along, for heaven’s sake why not? We have a dog-friendly Instagram feed!)

Because my mom, Margaret, is known for her love of dogs, and dog-friendly design, someone sent her a link to an article about how having an office dog (or cat, if you must) can lower stress and boost productivity. She read it to me, and I loved it!

The article is based on a smarty-pants report from the Virginia Commonwealth University with the fascinating title “Preliminary investigation of employee’s dog presence on stress and organizational perceptions.” So inviting.

Anyway, the study followed three groups of workers: group one (DOG) brought their dogs to work, and group two (NODOG) did not. The third group (NOPET) didn’t have pets at home. (I feel sorry for the NODOG group, but I hope NOPET was sent straight to their local animal rescue because NOPET is just CRAZY.)

Researchers found that all three groups had the same perceived stress levels, but throughout the day stress declined for the DOG group and increased for NODOG and NOPET groups. In fact, the NODOG group had significantly higher stress than DOG at the end of the day.

And, when members of the DOG group didn’t bring their dogs to work for some reason, their stress increased.

Office Dogs
Willow lowering stress in our design center.

We love making peoples’ homes dog-friendly and think the courtesy should extend to the office. After all – now there’s scientific proof that office dogs are good for you!