Beer Company Gives Staff A Week Off If They Get A New Puppy

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A craft brewery has promised its staff a week of paid ‘Puppy paternity leave’ when they get a new puppy.

BrewDog is providing this ultimate work perk – ‘pawternity’ leave, if you like – to all staff members and are rolling out the new pup-friendly policy at their first US brewery in Ohio.

The Scottish canine-inspired brewery are also allowing staff to bring their new bundles of joy to work whenever they need.

BrewDog was founded by James Watt and Martin Dickie – and their dog Bracken.

Its headquarters in Aberdeenshire is known for opening its doors to fifty team members and their office dogs, who are considered part of the crew.

In a company announcement, the puppy-loving pair said:

Here at BrewDog, we care about many things but have two main focuses above all others – our beer and our people. And over the years we have noticed that our people also care about many things but have two main focuses above all others – our beer and their dogs.

We totally get that. That’s why we let them bring their four-legged friends to work at BrewDog, and why we are now going one better with the latest awesome – or should that be pawesome – staff perk.

The announcement continued:

Ever since Bracken, the original Brew Dog, first watched James and Martin mash in batch number one of Punk IPA back in 2007 dogs have been central to our way of life.

Puppy Parental Leave will support nervy canines and their owners alike in those all-important first few days of the greatest relationship a person can have (children excepted – more on them later).

Opening their doors to some new team members isn’t a daunting task for BrewDog, and they are determined to help their staff settle down with their dogs – and create a fun working environment for everyone.

They explained:

Yes, having dogs in our offices makes everyone else more chilled and relaxed – but we know only too well that having a new arrival, whether a mewling pup or unsettled rescue dog, can be stressful for human and hound both.

So we are becoming the first in our industry to give our staff to help settle a new furry family member into their home.

The company now employs over 1,000 staff globally and this new policy is helping them in their aim ‘to be the best company to work for, ever.’

But if you’re not planning on starting a career in artisan brewing any time soon, fear not. BrewDog extend their welcome to all dog owners in all of their bars, so you can enjoy their beer joined by man’s best friend.


Francesca Donovan

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.