When it came time to build a new headquarters, a fast-growing doggy day care and boarding franchise company took its commitment to pooches to a whole new level. Camp Bow Wow designed its new Colorado headquarters facility to highlight its dog-friendly corporate culture and take advantage of the positive effects of dogs in the workplace.
“Our pet-friendly workplace policy is reflective of the fact that everyone who works at Camp Bow Wow is genuinely passionate about dogs,” said Christina Russell, president of Camp Bow Wow. “Many of our employees are also frequent foster pet parents, and we are delighted to support their commitment to animal wellbeing by providing a positive environment for these foster pups while they wait to find their forever homes.”
Camp Bow Wow’s new 8,289-square-foot Westminster, CO “houndquarters” was conceived with dog friendliness in mind. The company is expanding rapidly, and as it grows it remains committed to its dog-driven core values — which include encouraging its corporate employees to bring their dogs to work regularly. Dogs are even included in meetings!
Both inside and out, Camp Bow Wow’s new office sets an example of dog-friendliness in the workplace. For example, intentionally long hallways are great places for employees to play fetch with their pups. A gated area in the back of the building gives dogs a chance to socialize and enjoy treats from complimentary dog treat dispensers. Private office doorways and cubicle “pod” entrances are also affixed with dog gates for staff who want to keep their canines close by. Toys, water bowls, and dog beds are found throughout the office.
From stress relief for staff to increased socialization for their dogs, the reasons to bring furry friends into the office are numerous. Studies and articles have shown that allowing dogs in the office increases staff morale, productivity, and overall happiness. Pets in the workplace can also help lower employee absenteeism rates, reduce stress, and strengthen relationships between coworkers.