Nominations for the second OZ Top Dog competition now officially open

Mark Smith, Recruitment General Manager at people2people

Renowned recruitment company people2people is excited to announce that in partnership with PETstock, and Drontal Australia, the OZ Top Dog competition is back for its second year in Australia. With over 500 pooches entering the competition last year, this year is set to be bigger and better across four categories, with the major prize including $1,000 thanks to PETstock. Entries will be open from today until Sunday, 18th September at

What were the executive’s thoughts on the competition?

Mark Smith, people2people Recruitment’s General Manager said, “We’re excited to bring back our OZ Top Dog competition for 2022. If the response and number of entries we had in our inaugural year are anything to go by, this year’s competition is going to be fierce!”

“With so many changes and up and downs in the workplace over the past few years, this event on our calendar is something to look forward to. It’s also very widely reported how much our pooches, especially those in the workplace and working dogs give back, this is our opportunity to give them their time in the spotlight,” Mark Smith further commented.

How are dogs affecting the work landscape?

A poll by the award organisers, recruitment agency people2people, found three in five respondents (63.2%) have experienced dog-owner-separation-anxiety, also known as DOSA since returning to the office post-Covid. As a result, 1 in 2 Aussie workers surveyed have opted to embrace a more flexible WFH model, either now working hybrid or WFH full time.

Of those back in the office, over 30% now have their four-legged friend with them during work hours on a regular basis or for odd visits. The team from PETstock commented, “We’re thrilled to be back on board for another year. It’s such a great initiative to be involved in and gives us a moment to acknowledge our furry friends who give so much whether they are working dogs, companions or family pets. I can’t wait to see the entries this year,”

Why is this year’s edition a special one?

The country’s top canine colleague that demonstrates a commitment to improving the work lives of their human colleagues will be awarded the revered titles of Australia’s Top Office and Top Home Office Dog. Sitting alongside the Top Office & Home Office Dog’s will be the winners of Top Dog with a Job and the popular Top Dog People’s Choice. This year’s prize package includes a Top Dog trophy for each category winner, a $1,000 PETstock voucher etc!

Key OZ Top Dog competition dates:

  • Call for Entries: 29th August 2022 until 18th September 2022
  • Finalists announced: 19th September 2022
  • Public voting: 19th-25th September 2022 – Winners announced: 29th September 2022

Entering a dog in the competition is as quick as a game of fetch. Visit to complete the entry form and upload a photo of your dog to Instagram. Don’t forget to tag @people2people, @petstock_australia and use the hashtag #OZTOPDOG. The winners will be announced during the largest Zoom meeting attended by dogs on Thursday, 29th Sept 2022.