Pet-friendly Offices and Companies in Chicago

If you’re a dog-lover looking for a new workplace in Chicago where your dog can tag along, look no further! Here’s a list of pet-friendly office spaces in the Chicago area that you & your pooch are guaranteed to love. Does your company allow dogs at your office? Please let us know — email to have your office included!

Pomerantz & Co.
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Suite 940
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 929-3335
Pomerantz & Co. allows pets in the office because of the many benefits that are associated with allowing workers to bring in their furry friends. After all, dogs are good for your health! Some of the pros include: happier employees, stronger company culture, and increased productivity.

Assemble Shared Office West Loop
600 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 462-1001
This office has free wifi, copying/printing, phone service, utilities, bike storage and a pet-friendly environment. Coffee and light snacks are provided as well. What more could you need?

Fulton House
345 N Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 756-1000
A casual office where many entrepreneurs come together. Free coffee and light snacks are also included with this office space located near East Bank and The Merchandise Mart. Check out some of these nearby restaurants for the perfect place to grab a bite to eat with your pup after work!

Google Inc.
320 N. Morgan St
Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 840-4100
The Chicago Google offices are open to dogs as long as everyone follows the guidelines that Google provides. These guidelines include rules such as cleaning up after your pooch and making sure to keep up with walks to maintain a manageable energy level.

NextSpace River North
230 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 929-4365
A conglomerate of workers including remote employees, freelance writers, web developers, a Bloody-Mary-mix entrepreneur, graphic designers, and financial analysts use this shared office space. The space also offers indoor bike parking and it is also dog-friendly!

SPACE by doejo
444 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60661
(773) 354-7653
This space is meant to support entrepreneurs. As a result, many creative entrepreneurs inhabit this office space and often come together to collaborate or brainstorm and help each other launch their ideas. The office space is also listed as pet-friendly!

Tails Pet Media Group
4410 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 564-9300
It’s fitting that pets are allowed in this pet magazine office space. This company finds that having pets in their offices makes employees less likely to lose focus on the task at hand. This makes sense, considering their subject matter!

The Nerdery
1033 W Van Buren St
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-1211
Employees are allowed to bring in dogs with no size restrictions! The Nerdery believes that dogs relieve stress and frustrations and help create a more productive work environment.

The Onion
730 N Franklin St
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 751-0503
Dogs in this relaxed office create a more stimulating work environment and help motivate workers. The pets offer a chance for employees to gain a fresh perspective on what they’re working on.

Searching for a great dog walker? Learn more about how we select great people!

Dog Walking Jobs in Chicago

Being a dog walker is a highly rewarding job with many exciting challenges.  At Highrise Pet Care, we select dog walkers whom we believe are capable of consistently delivering the high-quality experience that our clients, both pet and human, deserve.

We love dog walkers with experience

We love reaching out to perspective dog walkers who have a track record of success, so we always ask ourselves: Do they have professional experience working with pets? Do they have a customer service background? Our Caregivers communicate with customers on a daily basis, so having customer service skills and pet care experience is essential. Do they appear dedicated? A high grade point average is a helpful indicator that a candidate has focus, but so is a successful background in athletics or the arts.

Chicago’s unpredictable weather

Punctuality is critical because it’s a must-have in the pet care business. We pay close attention to nonverbal cues: did they dress up for the interview? Do they appear enthusiastic and engaged? Additionally, we ask: “Would you be willing to walk dogs for several hours in frigid temperatures?” Nobody loves being in a blizzard, but this way we can evaluate their willingness to go the extra mile, even when the circumstances are tough. We ask this because our Caregivers have to truly love the pets they’re entrusted with. If they don’t, they’ll likely quit first time they’re faced with Chicago’s unpredictable weather. Asking straightforward questions right off the bat efficiently narrows the field of candidates.

Dog walker for a day

If the interview goes well, we then ask the candidate to join us for a full day on the job. Seeing how the potential candidate interacts in the working environment is often more definitive than the traditional interview setting. For example, anyone can tell us that they love animals, but seeing how one of our candidates actually interacts with one is far more valuable to us. We often take this post-interview process one step further and assign the candidate a project with no deadline. If they’re up until 3:00am working on it, we can safely assume that this dedication will remain once they’re hired.

Takeaway Points:

  • We select only qualified and dedicated candidates to interview
  • We ask essential, job-specific questions to make sure they’ll fit in with our business
  • If all goes well, we invite the candidate to join us for a full day in our work environment

Dog Walking Safety

Just saying the word “walk” probably excites your dog. As a dog owner, walks can be a soothing start and end to your day, but without the proper training walks can become a dreaded chore.

Walking in Chicago

Your dog may encounter dozens of dogs and hundreds of people while walking in busy neighborhoods like River North, the West Loop or Streeterville. While great for your dog’s mental development, it’s a challenge for you. Your pup has places to go and people to sniff. He will want to pull, but pulling increases the risk of a situation where he’ll become aggressive or fearful.

By keeping him at your side, you dog learns that you’re in control of the walk. The best strategy: stop dead in your tracks or turn around the moment he pulls. When you resume walking, feed him a treat if he stays at your side. If he pulls again, stop and walk the opposite way. Why does this work? He learns that pulling gets him nowhere (literally), while walking at your side gets him treats.

What to Avoid

Steer clear of scenarios your dog reacts negatively to. If your dog doesn’t like skateboards or garbage trucks, it’s best to walk the other way. Trying to acclimate your dog to these items, especially in a busy in a city setting, will be ineffective and increase your pup’s stress levels.

Leashes and Locations

Retractable leashes give your dog more freedom to explore, but they’re not great for training. Use a standard leash while you’re still in the training stage of your pup’s life.

Chicago dogs don’t need extra stimulation. The West Loop, River North, and the Loop offer infinite distractions to a puppy in training. Use an empty dog park or quiet space. If it’s too cold outside, the hallway way of your Highrise building is a good spot. Consistent reinforcement is the quickest way to keep your pup at your side. Start early… you’ll be happy you did!