The Benefits of Dogs in the Office

For the last 10 years, Paige (our head designer) has come to work every day with Norman, a scruffy salt and pepper pup, no bigger than a gallon of milk. He’s present at all design meetings, fit sessions, and final approvals. He’s made his way into photoshoots, been used as design inspiration, and even had his portrait painted at a giant tradeshow.

Norman is just one of many great dogs take up residence at the Toad offices. Over the years we’ve had Lucy the lunch lady, Leo the cuddle bug, Lincoln the scaredy cat, Sunny the tornado, Lana the starlet, Grom the snaggletooth, Bea the sleepy puggle, Truffle the Big Bird, and her little sister, Sophie.  

Creating a dog-friendly work environment is part of our culture. Sure, sometimes they sleep on the job, but our canine colleagues make us better employees and happier people. Here are some of the benefits of having dogs in the office:

  • Creates a positive, flexible, uplifting setting 

  • Promotes a work-life balance (hey there, afternoon walk!) 

  • Less stress = happier employees = more productivity  

  • Dogs can create camaraderie and trigger interactions that may not have happened without them (remember your class hamster in 1st grade? Same thing). 

  • They clean the kitchen floors 

  • They make the workplace fun (and awesome people want to work at fun places!)

  • They make excellent Instagram models 

  • And it’s even good for the pups – they learn to socialize with other humans and animals (and mail carriers)  

So here’s to letting this place to go the dogs. We think we’ll keep it that way. 

 

Now Hiring: New Office Dogs

Position: Office Dog, or SNIF Representative (Super-Nose Inventory Faction)
Reports To: Norman, First in Command
Location: Toad&Co Headquarters, Santa Barbara, CA

As a Toad&Co Office Dog and Representative of SNIF, you are responsible for monitoring all activities at HQ and maintaining good vibes. Office Dogs are the first faces guests see when entering the office, so it is paramount that SNIF Reps look cute and refrain from growling (though sniffing encouraged). Reps must understand the technical aspects of the perfect cuddle, maintain professionalism in the presence of snacks, and thoroughly enjoy belly scratches. This position works closely with fellow SNIF representatives: Norman (Head of Security), Lucy (Lunch Lady), Lincoln (In-house Therapist), and Lana (Grounds Patrol). The right Office Dog is proficient in spotting fallen crumbs and can accurately discern proper bathroom locale. Experience in sitting, shaking, rolling-over and delivering beer is preferred but not necessary. Must be comfortable with fast paced, dog-eat-dog-treat envionment.

Responsibilities:

  • Greet all guests enthusiastically
  • Accompany employees to kitchen
  • Clean floors after meals
  • Accept UPS packages
  • Occasional modeling
  • On-demand cuddles as requested by Toad employees
  • Travel as needed

 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Highly skilled self-starter
  • Potty trained
  • Proficient in sniffing (PC and Mac)
  • Excellent time management and nap scheduling
  • Can handle multiple projects in fast paced lunch environment
  • Works well with others, humans and non
  • Looks adorable while sleeping

Now accepting applications and references