Work Like a Dog Day

Work Like a Dog Day - Monday, August 5, 2024

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It may be a dog-eat-dog world out there, which can force you to work like a dog even during the dog days of summer! Work Like a Dog Day, which is celebrated on August 5, honors people who put in that extra bit of hard work. This quirky day is inspired by the reputed strong work ethic of canines, especially service dogs. Today, pause to appreciate the hard workers who inspire (or in some cases, frustrate) you. There’s no other day like this one so stick around because we’re sharing some fun ideas for the hard-working canine in you! 

As dogs seem to spend most of their life dozing, it can be difficult to see how activity on Work Like A Dog Day could be anything other than leisurely. In reality, Work Like A Dog Day is a chance to display the inner grit and determination normally demonstrated by canines when seeking sustenance as you go about your daily workplace chores. When was the last time you were really productive? Give colleagues and the boss an occasion to remember when you turn up early and dig in to that work pile with enthusiasm and drive.

If that all sounds like too much hard graft, Work Like A Dog Day is also an opportunity to reward those in your life who really do Work Like A Dog. Why not give the breadwinner a treat? Or take some of the load off their shoulders so they can enjoy some well-earned rest?

Learn about Work Like A Dog Day

You have probably heard the saying “work like a dog” before. After all, dogs are such hard workers. There are some dog breeds, especially that are known for working hard. This includes the Alaskan Malamute, which is a strong and fast dog that often pulls sleds in groups of the same breed.

You also have Saint Bernards, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and Dobermans. Think about the sniffer dogs in the police force, as well as guide dogs for partially sighted and blind people.

These creatures are incredible and they put a lot of us to shame, which is why we have Work Like A Dog Day, encouraging us to apply the same level of work ethic that these amazing creatures do. 

Of course, there are a number of different things that you can do to try and be your most productive self. The key is to make the task at hand as easy as possible. The issue a lot of people have is that they give themselves a mountain to climb! For example, do you often schedule meetings at the end of the day?

Time to change this! People are at their least productive self between the hours of 4 and 6 pm, which is why your meetings may be failing. You should also try to go to the gym before work. There was a study that was carried out at the University of Bristol that showed that people were more productive on the days whereby they started off with some exercise.

Research also shows that the most productive day of the week for employees is a Tuesday, so why not try and use this to your advantage by scheduling your most challenging tasks for this day? There are so many different ways that you can help give yourself that push you need in order to be the most productive version of yourself. 

History of Work Like A Dog Day

It is well-known that dogs are hard workers. This is something that can be dated back many, many years. From sled dogs to sheepdogs; there are many different types of dog breeds that have instincts for specific types of work. They are great at what they do, and they get pleasure from doing it as well. This is something that we can all learn from, which is why Work Like A Dog Day is so important. 

There are a lot of different reasons why Work Like A Dog Day is a critical day. Not only does it encourage us to work hard, but it celebrates perseverance. We live in a day and age whereby people are often looking for the next get-rich scheme. They want to make tons of money without putting in any effort.

This day serves as a great reminder that success comes once your dues have been paid. It is a day that shows that hard work is definitely rewarded. It is also a testament to human ingenuity. Human history is full of examples whereby we have made tedious tasks more straightforward so that fewer people find themselves having to work like dogs.

For example, we invented industrial machines because we were tired of making everything by hand. We invented the wheel because we hated to walk long distances. There are many more examples of this as well. 

How to celebrate Work Like A Dog Day

There are a number of different ways that you can celebrate and pay tribute to Work Like A Dog Day. This includes putting in extra hours to achieve your goal. Is there a goal that you have been trying to achieve or accomplish for quite some time now?

If so, Work Like A Dog Day is the perfect chance for you to put in that extra effort and a more significant push to achieve this objective. This could be anything from securing a promotion at the company you work for to beating your goal in the gym. Push as hard as you possibly can to exceed what you usually do. You will feel a great sense of accomplishment afterward. 

One way to celebrate Work Like A Dog Day is to watch a film that can inspire you to work harder. We definitely recommend Togo if you have not seen it before. This is a Disney film about Togo, a lead sled dog of Leonhard Seppala and his dog sled team. The film is based on a true story, and it shows the incredible grit, determination, and love that Togo had.

He didn’t look like a sled dog to begin with. As a puppy, he required intensive nursing and he was very ill. He was also rowdy and bold, often seen as mischievous and difficult. In fact, he was given away. But Togo was devoted to his team, and he found his way back, working harder than anyone could imagine. We won’t tell you any more about the story, but we cannot think of a better film to watch on Work Like A Dog Day.

If you know someone who is a workaholic, today is the day to appreciate their efforts. This is especially the case if they work for you. If there is one person who is always the first to arrive and the last to leave, make sure they know how much you appreciate their hard work and think about different ways that you can celebrate their efforts in the workplace. People like this deserve to feel special, and honoring their efforts will also serve as a good reminder to everyone else. 

Finally, Work Like A Dog Day is a good chance for a bit of self-reflection. Take the time to assess your current working efforts. How can you get an extra ten percent of effort from your working day? What areas do you struggle in or knowingly slack in? It’s not about working longer; it is about working harder. That is the difference. You can achieve more without having to put in more hours.

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  1. Tackle that challenging task on a Tuesday

    Research shows that almost 40% employees report being the most productive on a Tuesday.

  2. Don't schedule that 4 p.m. meeting

    According to numerous employee surveys, most people are at their least productive between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

  3. Hit the gym before work

    According to a University of Bristol study, people are more productive on days when they get some exercise at the start of the day.

Work Like a Dog Day Activities

  1. Put in some extra hours towards your goal

    Your boss might not notice you putting in extra effort at work but that shouldn't stop you from working diligently. Be inspired by the day and work a little harder. It will pay off in the long run.

  2. Remember your local law enforcement

    Police officers are often overworked. They toil night and day to maintain law and order. Take this opportunity to recognize their hard work and bring them gifts. Homemade cookies or doughnuts are food ideas.

  3. Be creative

    Since you are a human, you have an advantage over other animals: your developed brain. If you've been working like a dog for a long time, get inspired to come up with a creative solution that reduces your effort. After all, every invention in history was born out of necessity.

Why We Love Work Like a Dog Day

  1. It pays to persevere

    In a world dominated by get-rich-quick schemes, National Work Like a Dog Day reminds us success comes after you have paid your dues. (Or, success comes if you're lucky enough to marry rich.)

  2. It reminds you that the word 'dogged' comes from dog

    Seriously, while we were compiling this piece, it dawned on us that 'dogged' comes from dog. Dogged literally refers to possessing dog-like qualities, such as persistence, determination and grit.

  3. It's a testament to human ingenuity

    We hated walking long distances so we invented the wheel. We got tired of making things by hand so we invented industrial machines. Human history is full of examples where our brains have made tedious tasks easier so fewer people have to work like dogs.

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