The decision to become a dog owner, with the myriad responsibilities it entails, is not one taken lightly, but as any dog parent (yes, we said it) will tell you, it’s more than worth it.
Now one forward-thinking company is according the dog-human relationship the importance it deserves and is offering any new dog owners on its staff a whole week off to spend quality time with their pooches – paid.
Recognising the importance of settling a dog, whether a young puppy or an older dog, into new surroundings, craft beer company Brewdog has introduced Puppy Parental Leave so that staff members don’t have to take holiday days – and thereafter, staff are also welcome to bring their new pets into the office.
The pup-friendly brewery, which has grown from two men (and a pooch, Bracken) in 2007 to a team of nearly 1,000 worldwide, has 50 ‘office dogs’ frequent its Aberdeenshire HQ alone – and it almost goes without saying that its many bars fully welcome canine visitors.
Brewdog co-founder James Watt says: “It’s not easy trying to juggle work and settle a new dog into your life, and many members of our crew have four-legged friends at home. So we wanted to take the stress out of the situation and let our teams take the time they need to welcome their new puppy or dog into their family.
“We always want to raise the bar when it comes to offering our staff the best possible benefits; at BrewDog, we care about two things above all else. People and beer. We also just really, really like dogs.”
Beer and dogs: we don’t really need to sell this to you, do we?
(We’ll just leave the link for current job vacancies here...)