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Dogs in the Workplace: Benefits and Potential Challenges

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Dr. Anne Foreman will discuss why dogs are increasingly found in work environments and review the potential health benefits, as well as the health and safety risks, that accompany them. This presentation will outline the potential benefits and challenges of dogs in workplace settings.

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Dogs that may be present in work environments include service dogs, therapy dogs, and visitation dogs. The roles that they typically perform will be described, and a brief review of the legal requirements for their presence in the workplace in the United States and Canada will be outlined. The potential hazards and risks that are introduced along with dogs will be reviewed, and strategies for addressing these hazards and risks will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

To distinguish between service, therapy, and visitation dogs
The scientific evidence for the potential therapeutic value of dogs
Considerations for accommodating dogs in workplace settings


Anne Foreman
Anne Foreman is a behavioral scientist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Morgantown, WV, USA. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from West Virginia University. She has conducted research on the effects of service dogs on workplace stress among veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and the perceptions of the health and safety risks of therapy dogs in the workplace. Her other research interests include decision making, behavioral economics, and observational learning.

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