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Pawsitive energy: Gowling WLG drafts in dogs to help de-stress lawyers

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On Mental Health Awareness Week

The London office of Gowling WLG welcomed a number of four-legged furry friends through its doors yesterday afternoon in a bid to help de-stress its hardworking lawyers and support staff.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week, the international player teamed up with Doggy De-Stress, a health and wellbeing service which harnesses pooch-power to bring an air of calm to even the most hectic of office environments.

And the idea of using dogs to help lawyers relax is backed by science. Research has shown that petting or playing with animals can reduce stress and anxiety, and increase the stress-busting hormone oxytocin.

📸 Gowling WLG

While it’s not known whether or not the dogs were working on a pro bone-o basis (sorry), snaps of the stress-busting session suggest the initiative went down well with Gowling’s lawyers and staff.

This isn’t the first time a big City player has called on the services of our canine companions. In 2017, Eversheds Sutherland allowed its lawyers and staff to bring their dogs to work as part of a new wellbeing initiative, while Norton Rose Fulbright came over all canine-friendly and allowed its lawyers to take part in Bring Your Dog to Work Day (21 June).

Eversheds Sutherland’s Dog Day 🐶

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21 Comments

Anonymous

If a firm allowed me to bring my dog to work, I would move there regardless of any salary cut.

Anonymous

Anyone know what’s the NQ pay at Maravela Popescu & Roman?

Rly wanna work ther

Anonymous

I pronounce this to be the most whimsical jape of the season!

Anonymous

Sounds top

Anonymous

Same, I’d love to take my dog to the office. Although I can’t see any large commercial firm allowing this. High street or small boutique firm yes, but I’m not willing to take that much of a paycut.

Anonymous

It’s the dog I feel sorry for.

Your mum

Growling WLG

Anonymous

You win Legal Cheek. Congratulations.

Anonymagic

Mixed opinions about this, I love animals (and especially dogs) but I wouldn’t want them in an office.

On the other hand, a hefty bonus and/or managing work levels would do wonder to improve morale and mental health levels in the office.

You can always play with your pets when you get home (richer and/or with more free time).

Anonymous

Office dogs are distracting. Office cats would be more fun – strutting around like they are equity partners giving no fucks.

Anonymous

Racking up the barkable hours

Rex

Does this mean all future trainees must have Woofson College Oxford on their CV’s?

2nd year trainee

Any news on NQ pay raises at Gowling WLG? I’m hungry and my shoes have holes in them.

Anonymous

I wish my firm did this!

Dogs make me cry

This is great, except where you have an irrational if not slightly psychotic fear of dogs. Getting a mild heart attack while reaching for the whisky just to calm myself down from the stress this induces.

Poor show, LC.

Yours forever wanting,

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Snoop Dawg

Wellbeing needs to be doggy style!

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Anonymous

So they’re trying to remedy a structural and systematic mental health epidemic in the legal profession with…. a dog.

LOL.

Anonymous

This is a fantastic initiative!

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