MAN'S best friend might be his best workmate too.

At least that theory was put into practice yesterday when local businesses across Ipswich took part in Take Your Dog to Work Day.

The event, supported by the Animal Welfare League of Queensland, encouraged companies to open their doors to pooches of all shapes and sizes.

The day, now in its 15th year, has employees around the world make room for their canine companions to promote pet adoption.

League spokeswoman Brooke Whitney said the benefits of taking your dog to work were widespread.

She said research had found having a dog in the office was a great way to de-stress, good for team morale and increased work productivity.

Ipswich Battery World owner Ruthie Farrar attests to the benefits of having her 13-year-old maltese-cross bichon frise Bundy around.

"When customers with children come inside, Bundy does a great job of keeping the kids entertained while we serve parents," she said.



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