Paternity Leave for Pets?

Bringing a baby into your home is one thing, but have you tried bringing a new puppy into your life? Probably not as hard, but it’s still more than a handful! Puppies require a lot of time and attention, and if you’re working a full-time job, it can be exhausting trying to devote what is needed from you to this brand new pup.

Luckily, more and more companies feel your pain and are now offering cool benefits like paid time off for new pet parents! This is a growing trend for companies who recognize their younger workforce’s need for better work/life balance. Many people are waiting longer to have children, but pet ownership is through the roof.

Not only are some companies now offering up to a week of paid time off for new pet owners, other benefits include pet insurance coverage, pet adoption consulting, and time off for attending veterinary appointments.

The first 16 weeks of a puppy’s life are crucial for a successful adjustment to life with you. They have a small window of time during brain development when they are most impressionable, which is why these four months are called the imprinting period. It is during this time, especially between 8 and 16 weeks, your puppy must learn your home, your rules, and spend important bonding time with you.

You pup will also need your guidance during any “fear-impact periods.” This can happen between 8-12 weeks and it is during this time that any “bad” or scary experiences your puppy has can leave a long-lasting impression.

So you see why a puppy requires so much of your time and attention! And it’s amazing that companies are starting to recognize this too. Though the American Pet Products Association’s Pet Owners Survey of 2017 found that in the US, 11% of pet owners said that their employers allow pets in the office, that’s still over 1 in 10 pet owners with awesome pet-loving workplaces!

New York City leads in the number of companies adopting these pet friendly policies. From offering paid time off for new pet owners to even a week of paid leave in the event of a pet tragedy or death.

It’s clear that we’ve come a long way since the Take Your Dog to Work Days of yesteryear, and it’ll be interesting to see what comes next.