Working like a dog
Survey of owners reveals they would work more hours or for less pay if they could bring their pooch to work.


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - A dog-friendly workplace may be rare, but workers are doggone crazy about bringing Rover to the office.

According to a recent online survey, two-thirds of dog owners said they would put in longer hours if they could bring their dog to work.

The poll, conducted by the online dog forum Dogster and the job search engine Simply Hired, revealed that almost a third of those surveyed said they would go so far as taking a 5 percent pay cut if that meant their dog could accompany them to the office.

About 70 percent of the 150 individuals surveyed also considered a dog-friendly office an important job benefit.

"Companies with dog-friendly policies just get it. And they're breeding a class of happy and loyal employees," Ted Rheingold, CEO of Dogster, said in a statement. "After all, who wouldn't be happy working with their best friend?"

The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association estimates that 44 million U.S. households have a dog.

While companies with 50 employees or less made up the majority of the 400 dog-friendly firms within the U.S. compiled by Dogster and Simply Hired, some Fortune 500 outfits made the list as well, including Amazon (up $0.12 to $43.85, Research) and Google (Research).

California had more dog-friendly companies than any other state according to the survey.

Dog lovers can search for dog-friendly companies at SimplyHired.com

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