THE UK'S fifth official Bring Your Dog to Work Day takes place this Friday.

Businesses are encouraged to welcome employees dog companions into the work place for one day, aiming to raise money for charity.

Founded by and organised by ethical dog grooming product company, HOWND, the event aims to raise money for All Dogs Matter, Animals Asia and other charities chosen by participants. states “Many scientific studies have concluded that the presence of pets can substantially reduce a person’s stress level in the workplace.

"Increased job satisfaction, team co-operation and morale have all been reported in employees that spend the workday with their pets.”

Barking Mad Cotswolds are a huge advocate and official sponsor of the special day.

Owner/operator, Alun Davies says: “We love the idea of being able to take your four legged best friend to work with you.

"Bring Your Dog to Work Day is a fantastic way to raise funds for animal charities and promote the positive effects of spending time with dogs.

"We would also like to make people aware that if you don’t currently have a dog of your own and feel like you are missing out on companionship, exercise and fun, we offer a volunteer opportunity to be a host for dogs whose owners on holiday.

"Our hosts experience all the benefits of dog ownership without the full time commitment and with the reassurance of 24/7 support.

"Insurance, administration and transport are also all taken care of.

"We’d love to chat to you on 01285 711650 if you feel that this opportunity could benefit your life.”