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While dogs in the office is less a thing for legal practitioners than it is for, say, tech bros, every lawyer probably knows some lawyer that brings their dog (or dogs) to the office regularly.
Dog owners and dog fans know that breed matters less than a dog's individual personality and temperament. And though your dog's breed might tell clients, colleagues and even opposing counsel, something about you; your dog, and how it acts, can also signal just what type of lawyer you are. And while that might be beyond speculative, below you can read three very good reasons why every law practice should have a dog.
Sure, you can go out and buy a dog from a breeder. Or, you can go and adopt a dog from a shelter. One of these two options makes you look like a caring, giving person. And if you're going to have your pup in the office, being able to tell clients that they were rescued from a shelter is sure to melt a heart or two, and sure to make you look like a hero. And for a lawyer, looking like a hero is a good selling point.
Though there is no doubt that a dog can be distracting around the office, if your dog is in on the sales pitch, you may find that they have a serious impact on your success rate. Dogs are known to improve people's moods, and who doesn't prefer to meet with clients in a good mood? Also, if you have social media channels to connect with the public, you'd be surprised how much attention an office mascot can generate.
Protip: Not everyone is okay with dogs, even well-trained dogs can be off-putting to some folks. So be sure to warn visitors that you have friendly, well-trained dogs in the office, that can easily be walked (by someone else), or put elsewhere, during their visit.
Even (or perhaps, especially) if you are a staff of one, you may find that having a four-legged furry friend by your side improves your productivity and encourages healthy habits like taking a walk, breaking for meals, and staying calm. Since often a lawyer's job involves delivering bad news, or dealing with disturbing facts, an office dog can prove really helpful in providing emotional support.
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