Dogs@work named Tito’s Handmade Vodka as a 2018 recipient of The DOG Award. “Tito’s Handmade Vodka has beautifully established the dog as a valuable addition to its company,” says Debbie Black, Director of Dogs@work. “Since inception, Tito’s Handmade Vodka has been at the forefront of integrating canines into their human culture with positive results.”

Dogs@work is an animal advocacy group that encourages positive awareness of dogs in corporate culture. Research shows that 1 in 10 companies support dogs in the workplace. 37% of dog owners would sacrifice vacation time or a pay raise to be able to bring their dog to work. 44% of dog lovers would consider a career move for a pet-friendly workplace.

“Studies demonstrate a tremendous contribution when dogs are part of the office culture,” says Black. “At the office, dogs increase morale, de-stress the environs, facilitate meaningful communication, and increase productivity. One in ten companies in America include dogs in their workplace design. It’s time for other companies to look at Tito’s Handmade Vodka and observe what they are doing with their canine policy.”

“Our team feels having their furry companions by their side during the work day contributes to a very productive and happy environment,” says Beth Bellanti at Tito’s Handmade Vodka. “Tito built his distillery with a very beloved dog by his side 16 years ago and that culture of having dogs around us at Tito’s Handmade Vodka and helping other dogs has always been a comfort.”

Dogs at Tito’s Homemade Vodka Distillery in Austin, Texas

During July and August, Dogs@work is announcing ten American companies in their inaugural class of 2018 recipients of The DOG Award. Besides Tito’s Homemade Vodka, Dogs@work recently announced Mars, Incorporated ,Ben & Jerry’s, and internet fitness company, Zogics, as fellow recipients of The DOG Award.

“A surprising number and variety of businesses now recognize the added value of allowing dogs in the workplace, and not just on the annual Take Your Dog to Work day,” says Julia Lane of Bark Magazine. “Increasingly, what started out as occasional canine visits have grown into standard practice in offices around the country.

“Likewise, official pet policies are now part of many employee handbooks; the rules not only address proper pooch-related etiquette and behavior, they also provide non-dog people with assurance that their needs are taken into consideration. But a document weighed down in legalese doesn’t explain the amazing transformation that can happen to a company and its people when dogs are welcomed. People who perhaps would never have met or spoken to one another are drawn to the dog in the cubicle or out in the parking lot. A shy person feels free to greet the dog and kneel down beside her for a friendly lick. A fearful person bravely reaches out a hand for the dog to smell, and delights in her cold nose.”

Tito’s Handmade Vodka is an American company founded in 1997 by Tito Beveridge. The special vodka is made from yellow corn, not wheat. In 2017, the company had a market share of 7.1 % in the American vodka market.

Dogs@work singled out Tito’s Handmade Vodka for its national fundraising launch for low cost spay neutering known as “Vodkafordogpeople.com” .

Founder, Tito Beveridge, talks about the company’s commitment to dogs

“Tito’s Handmade Vodka has not only integrated dogs into its culture,” says Thom Black, Director at Dogs@work, “but it is working to insure a healthy dog population outside of its doors. We absolutely love Tito’s pro-active strategy relating to dogs. The Latin phrase, A bonis ad meliora, embedded in the gold circle of The DOG Award means from good to better. With better companies, we create a better world.”

In October, 2018, The DOG Award will be presented to Tito’s Homemade Vodka at company headquarters in Austin, Texas. “It’s exciting for us to be presenting this award to where both dogs and their humans will be in attendance,” says Debbie Black.

For more information on joining the growing Dogs@work Nation, please visit the Dogs@work webpage.

Dogs at Work is a social-advocacy group that celebrates and advances the integration of dogs in the human workplace.

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