I absolutely love the concept of pets, preferably dogs, in the workplace. Growing up, have a dog was one of the most defining things of my childhood.  Employee turnover is often times related to high turnover and employee dissatisfaction, which can often times be a result of low morale and a lack of employee empowerment. Giving employees the opportunity or choice to bring their non-service pets could definitely give employees a sense of empowerment. The cost of unaddressed turnover and morale can cost organizations millions of dollars when having to continuously recruit to replace these employees. A 2016 study by Banfield Pet Hospital found that 83 percent of employees feel a greater sense of loyalty to companies with pet-friendly policies.  Trendy companies or companies who may be trying to revamp their culture and hire on more millennials could potentially increase recruitment and retention efforts by allowing pets in the office and offering pet related benefits such as, pet insurance or leave for employees who are adopting a new puppy. (Abrams, 2017).  Creating policies and adhering those policies are an extremely important to consider if a business is considering allowing employees to bring their pets to work. Without the clear ground rules and expectations things could get out of hand quick causing a real disruption in the workplace or even worse, a potential legal issue or lawsuit. Many people are afraid of dogs, so I believe it is important to survey current employees before making the decision to adopt pet-friendly policies.  I believe as long a service dogs are compliant with company policy they should be allowed in the workplace. “The ADA protects disabled individuals by allowing them to bring their service dog with them to most places that the public is permitted, including restaurants, hotels, housing complexes, and even in air travel. Any dog can be a service dog, and service dogs do not have to be professionally-trained. The important thing is that the dog is trained to be a working animal and not a pet.” (U.S. Dog Registry, 2014). This can be controversial due to comfort animals being classified as some people do not agree that those are true service animals because they are not medically necessary. If a business or organization decides to adopt pet-friendly policies I believe they shouldn’t be able to discriminate on service dogs as long as they meet the breed guidelines and behavior expectations while in the office. I see absolutely no problem with your dog being in the classroom as long as he is friendly! 

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