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Dog in workplace To help mitigate the risks, companies opening their office floors to pets should first create a written policy setting some ground rules about what kinds of animals are allowed.  (Photo: Getty)

Dog owners know how difficult it can be to leave their furry friends home alone all day, so corporations offering pet-friendly office policies can be a major job perk for some.

But for the company, and for any fearful co-workers, having dogs in the office — that are not registered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or applicable state laws — could pose some big risks.

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