Mon, 02 Apr 2012 06:53:05 GMT

Stressed at work? New study finds dogs make for happier offices

A new study supports bringing your dog to work to reduce stress.


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(Relaxnews) - A new study supports the stress-reducing benefits of bringing your pooch to work -- to play with, look at, and pet while working.

According to a Virginia Commonwealth University study, having a dog at work not only reduces the owners' stress level but also increased the level of job satisfaction for other employees as well. The study, announced Thursday, was published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management.

"Dogs in the workplace can make a positive difference," said head researcher Randolph T. Barker. "The differences in perceived stress between days the dog was present and absent were significant. The employees as a whole had higher job satisfaction than industry norms."

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