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Working like a dog
by Garrett Valenzuela
Jun 18, 2012 | 2348 views | 3 3 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nonie Wainwright and Finn sit inside the offices of The Glenn Group in Reno on Tuesday. The Glenn Group allows dogs to roam the halls of their offices every day and will be participating in Friday’s Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Nonie Wainwright and Finn sit inside the offices of The Glenn Group in Reno on Tuesday. The Glenn Group allows dogs to roam the halls of their offices every day and will be participating in Friday’s Take Your Dog to Work Day.
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RENO — Casey is not an employee of The Glenn Group, but he is usually the first one to greet customers when they walk through the door. He will put his wet nose up to your leg and beg you for a back rub.

The Glenn Group is one Reno business who enjoys National Take Your Dog to Work Day, which they will recognize on Friday with their third annual Dog Mob and Fair at 11 a.m., but they prefer to instill this policy year-round.

“I maybe see him for five minutes each day,” said Flip Wright, Casey’s owner and vice president and director of innovation at The Glenn Group. “He will barge in on meetings in the conference room or meet people as soon as they walk in the door. He basically has free roam of the place.”

Take Your Dog to Work Day began in 1999 when Pet Sitters International, an organization aiding in pet day care, attempted to increase community involvement with animal shelters and pet adoption agencies. As the event has grown in size and expanded to a larger audience, the day-long event gives employers a chance to provide their employees with a low-cost perk.

“When a dog comes up and puts his head in your lap while you’re typing at your desk, it’s usually not going to upset you,” Wright said. “They are very calming, grounding and keep every one in a good place.”

The Glenn Group’s Dog Mob and Fair allows the community to enjoy: a walk down to the river, costume and look-a-like contests, goody bags provided by Healthy Tails, veterinary assistance from Pyramid Veterinary Hospital and obedience help from Beyond Obedience. Pets can enjoy pools and treats while owners can enjoy food from DishTruck.

The business’ initial plan when creating the event was to give other businesses, whose buildings are not tolerant of Take Your Dog to Work Day, a chance to interact with other dogs and dog owners.

“We (bring our dogs to work) all the time and we realize that some people don’t get that chance, and as we have partnered with more groups we are able to offer more information,” Wright said. By offering veterinary and obedience services, The Glenn Group has been able to attract a bigger crowd each year to help them spread the word about pet adoptions. They have partnered with the Nevada Humane Society and Department of Wildlife to ensure the broader message of Take Your Dog to Work Day is communicated.

Wright said he began bringing in his dog about six years ago to join other office dogs in reducing stress and boosting morale around the office. He said a major benefit of holding Friday’s event, aside from celebrating the general love of dogs, is being able to speak to other businesses who may be considering becoming dog-friendly.

“We understand that certain groups and businesses do love dogs but are unable to bring them to work in the manner that we do,” he said. “We are happy to share our experiences and tell them how it has worked for us. If we can be a model that other businesses want to follow, that is something we feel is a good thing.”
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A_Dawkins_esq
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June 20, 2012
I can't wait to bring my dog to the Glenn Group for free dogsitting!
Ryan_J
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June 20, 2012
I think this would be such an amazing way to foster a happier work environment. I wish every office had this policy!
Jim_S
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June 20, 2012
Dogs at the office? SO FUN!!
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