Ruff, Ruff. Meow.

Four-legged fur babies and even those with fewer legs (birds, reptiles, fish, etc.) bring us joy and can help us relax. But did you know that this type of companionship can also contribute to our wins in business?
Having a pet in your youth and the lessons learned during that time can play a role in your career success today.

Has my dog taught me something? I already know how to sit and shake hands.


You show additional care when they’re not feeling well or simply miss you while you’re out of their sight.


Choosing the best manner for obedience or potty training based on the pet’s personality.


When your pet doesn’t feel well or behaving abnormally, you need to either repair the situation or seek outside assistance.


You need to ensure your pet is fed, bathed, and has regular vet visits.


We love our pets, and the most challenging part is when we aren’t able to “fix it.” We learn to be there for them and be the adult/parent they need us to be.

Even if you didn’t have a pet when you were younger, there’s a good chance you’ve had one during your adulthood. We all know caring for a pet requires sticking to a schedule, managing your time, and multi-tasking.
And, who hasn’t broken the ice at the office with a good “Do you know what “Sparky” did last night?” story. Sharing tales of the antics of our pets help to build relationships and form bonds over remedies related to pet health, the food they eat, and what toy is the least likely to get destroyed.
On the other side, pets give us non-conditional love, and for those of us who have returned to the office (if working remotely), we’re further taught about empathy. Our pets had our companionship 24/7, and most have a difficult time without their “pack leader” once they return to the office.
For that, experience tells us that even with us, a change in routine is more successful when introduced in increments. If you know you’ll be returning to the office, now’s the time to prepare them for this big event.
  • Leave home for short spurts, slowly increasing to larger stints away.
  • When you come home, remain calm. It's already a big occasion for your pet, and when you can "dial it down," it won't be such a huge deal.
  • Find a toy where you can put something like peanut butter (if your vet says it's OK) to keep them distracted. Can't find that perfect toy? Ask your co-workers what they use as people love to share.
  • And like us humans, make sure they get the exercise they need as it reduces their energy level, in a good way.

Our pets are family. When you transfer the skills you learn from each other to the office environment, you’ll be a better person and react appropriately in different situations.

If you’re not able to have a pet, for whatever reason, we encourage you to donate to your favorite animal charity to help in the care and feeding for those four-legged babies waiting for someone to love.