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Amazon employees in the U.S. share a workspace with thousands of dogs. Bring-your-dog-to-work day is every day at corporate offices across the nation—a long-standing tradition that both employees and their four-legged friends enjoy.

“Having dogs in our workplace is an amazing treat. They make employees smile, and we’re proud this is such a uniquely Amazonian tradition," said Lara Hirschfield, manager of Amazon's "Woof Pack," the team that helps make it safe for employees to bring their dogs to work. “Our employees love bringing their dogs to work and meeting their co-workers’ dogs.”

A young golden retriever sits on the floor, looking up. His mouth is open, and he is surrounded by his blanket and chew toy.
Marshall, who is always up for a game of fetch or a walk around the office.
A brown and black dog looks up at the sky with its mouth wide open and tongue sticking out.
Rufus enjoying a sunny day in the Amazon dog park.
A golden retriever sits on the office floor surrounded by toys.
Sophie keeping watch over all her toys.
A grey and white dog looks up intently at the camera.
Jasper is known for his cuddles and intense laziness.
One big dog and one small dog lay next to each other on the office floor.
Bailey and Piper, hanging out.

Rufus' human parents remember life with Amazon's first canine staffer.

It all started with Rufus

“Amazon has been dog-friendly since Day 1,” said Hirschfield. “Our dogs add to the fun, dynamic energy of our workplace.” In the early days of Amazon.com, a husband and wife team brought their Welsh corgi, Rufus, to work with them, and he became a surprisingly productive part of the team. Employees would use Rufus’s paw to click the computer mouse to launch some of the earliest pages of Amazon.com.

Single frame of Kodak slide film, showing an image of a dog lying down next to an amazon.com baseball cap. The dog, a corgi, has its mouth slightly open. A person's hand is reaching in from the bottom right of the image and petting the corgi.

Rufus’s memory is still honored at Amazon: There are photos of him around the Puget Sound campus, and there’s even a building in South Lake Union that was named after the beloved corgi.

On a typical day, thousands of dogs follow in Rufus’s paw steps. Some of the popular pooches at the company include Lucy the Labrador, Sherriff a Golden-Aussie mix, and a Papillion named Martini. If you land on one of our error 404 pages, you’ll be introduced to some of the dogs who come to work with their owners regularly.

Dogs of Amazon - Bronx and Dory look at the camera
Dory and Bronx
A brown poodle sits in an office window, overlooking skyscrapers and a Seattle street. The dog is looking at the photographer.
Baker keeps an eye on downtown Seattle from his favorite window.
Two dogs sitting next to each other looking up.
Bruno and Indy waiting patiently for a treat.
Black and white furry dog leaning on top of a desk.
Bella is working hard or hardly working?
A Leonberger dog looks to the left, with her mouth open, tongue out. She wears a collar and leash and is happily seated on an Amazonian, who sits on the floor.
Elsa visits with some of her office mates.
A small, brown dog sitting on an office chair.
Camden keeping a very important seat warm.

Perks for pups

In addition to hanging with their pet parents and getting fussed over by other Amazon employees, there are plenty of fun things for dogs to do on campus. Reception desks in every office building stock dog treats and hand them out to any pooch who asks for one.

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On the 17th floor of a building named Doppler, there’s a doggie deck—complete with a fake fire hydrant—where dogs can run around. The neighborhood has no shortage of poop bag stations, designated dog relief areas, and dog-friendly water fountains. In 2019, we opened a community off-leash dog park in the Denny Triangle neighborhood for employees and dogs in the community to enjoy—featuring rocks and other structures for dogs to play on.

Bringing teammates together, one dog at a time

Having pets in the workplace has been found to lower stress and boost morale, but the benefits don't stop there. The dog-friendly policy also contributes to the company’s culture of collaboration. As Hirschfield said, “Dogs in the workplace are an unexpected mechanism for connection. I see employees meeting each other in our lobbies or elevators every day because of their dogs.”