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Dogs at Work: A Practical Guide to Creating Dog-Friendly Workplaces [Perfect Paperback]

by Liz Palika, Jennifer Fearing
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Book Description

November 15, 2008 1934785016 978-1934785010 first
In the forefront of a growing trend in American workplaces, Liz Palika and Jennifer Fearing have written the definitive guide to creating a business environment where employees' dogs are welcome.

DOGS AT WORK presents the tangible benefits of dog-friendly policies in employee morale, staff retention, and increased human-animal bonding and provides step-by-step advice on obtaining management buy-in, setting fair procedures and protocols, and dealing with any concerns once dog-friendly policies are in place. DOGS AT WORK also includes detailed advice on how to prepare your dog for the office environment and case studies on how dog-friendly policies have succeeded at two nationally known organizations.

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About the Author

Liz Palika is an award-winning writer who specializes in the topics of dogs, cats, and other pets. She is a Certified Dog Trainer and a Certified Behavioral Consultant living in California.

Jennifer Fearing is chief economist for The Humane Society of the United States, in Washington, D.C. In 2003 she left a consulting career to devote herself full-time to celebrating animals and confronting cruelty. She has been cited as an expert on dog-friendly workplaces in the Christian Science Monitor, the Colorado Springs Gazette, and the Washington Post.

Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Humane Society Press; first edition (November 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934785016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934785010
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Liz Palika has been writing professionally since 1985 when she was first published in DOG FANCY magazine. Since then she has written more than 65 books and more than 1,000 magazine articles and columns. She has been published in DOG FANCY, DOG WORLD, CATS, CAT FANCY, AKC GAZETTE, and other pet publications, as well as NEWSWEEK, THE SATURDAY EVENING POST and WOMEN FIRST.

Her books include PUPPY LOVE and THE KISS GUIDE TO RAISING A PUPPY; both of which are favorites with new puppy owners. THE ULTIMATE DOG TREAT COOKBOOK received rave reviews in magazines and newspapers all over the country, including USA TODAY. ALL DOGS NEED SOME TRAINING was listed by PET LIFE MAGAZINE as one of the ten best training books available to dog owners.

Liz's books have been awarded many honors. THE HOWELL BOOK OF DOGS was awarded Best Reference Book by the Dog Writers Association of America and was nominated as Best Nonfiction Book by San Diego Book Awards. AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD: CHAMPION OF VERSATILITY won Best Breed Book from Dog Writers Association of America and Best Nonfiction Book from San Diego Book Writers. SAVE THAT DOG! won best General Reference Book from Dog Writers and the First ASPCA Pet Overpopulation Answers Award from the ASPCA. Liz's work has also won awards from Cat Writers and Purina, as well as others from Dog Writers. Liz was honored with the San Diego Leadership Award, was a North County Woman of Merit, and in 2005 was awarded Dog Writers Distinguished Service Award.

Liz has an international platform to connect with her readers. Not only is her podcast, "It's a Doggy Dog World" on the #1 most downloaded show on that site, but she is also a blogger for the

Liz has been teaching dogs and their owners in North County San Diego for almost 25 years. Her dog training is based on an understanding of dogs and what makes them tick. Liz is a Certified Dog Trainer (CDT)and a Certified Behavioral Consultant. She is an AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Evaluator #4182.

Working in Vista, California (San Diego County), Liz is the owner of Kindred Spirits Dog Training and sees more than a thousand dogs and their owners every year. Liz and her dogs, over the years have participated and trained in many dog sports, including agility, carting, conformation, herding, obedience, search and rescue, therapy dog work, and more.

Liz and her husband Paul share their home with three Australian Shepherds.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fellow advocate for dogs at work ~ finally! April 1, 2010
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I have allowed my staff to bring their dogs to work for years and I was amazed to see that someone had written a book about it. This book s well written and brings up issue I had not thought of as a "dog friendly workplace," such as policies to protect your business. We have anywhere from 6 to 8 dogs come into the office everyday and it is the most valued benefit I offer. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is inciteful enough to already allow dogs in the workplace as well as to anyone who is thinking about allowing their employees this wonderful option.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive guide to office dogs! December 3, 2008
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I've known and admired Liz Palika for 20 years, and know few her equal as a dog-trainer and book author. Jennifer Fearing I've known for much less time, but what I've seen has impressed me -- she's a tireless advocate for animals, and she is very solution-oriented. Together, this is a dream team for an important topic with lots of potential pitfalls: How to have dogs in an office environment without problems.

I got an early look at the galleys, and was so impressed I ordered a couple books for giving to friends trying to get office policy changed to a more pet-progressive approach. This book offers a common-sense approach and common-sense solutions that will keep most everyone happy.

In my job as a syndicated pet-care columnist, I have the luxury of writing with my pets nearby. I hope this wonderfully practical book will help others realize the dream -- along with reduced stress and increased productivity -- of a pet-friendly office. Great job, Jennifer and Liz! -- Gina Spadafori, Universal Press Syndicate pet-care columnist and top pet blogger at
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