I absolutely love shopping in stores where my dogs are welcome, and as a stylish dog mom (or dad), I’ll bet you do, too. Taking your dog along on short shopping trips helps with socialization and also gives your pooch a little bit of exercise and a change of scenery, so it’s definitely a win-win for both pets and parents.
In addition to pet stores that allow dogs, today I’m sharing a list of my 10 favorite retail stores that welcome your dog.
10 Retail Stores That Welcome Your Dog
- Old Navy
- Pottery Barn
- TSC (Tractor Supply Company)
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- LUSH Cosmetics
- Barnes & Noble
- Home Depot
On the flip side, I do want to mention that Menard’s does not allow dogs. In fact, a few months ago when I took Georgie into one of their stores (in her stroller), they actually asked us to leave.
I’ll admit, I didn’t see the sign on the door (the one that said “service animals only”), but I did tell them that because their 2 biggest competitors allow dogs, I just assumed Menard’s did as well. I haven’t shopped there since that day, and I don’t plan to. Why would I give my hard earned money to a business that doesn’t welcome my entire family?
Obviously, it’s important to always double check that your pet is welcome in a particular store, so I advise calling ahead to confirm. Remember, you must keep your pet properly restrained at all times when you’re in a retail store. This is for the safety of your pet and others in the store.
Before you head out on a shopping trip with your mutt, make sure you’ve got a bag of on-the-go essentials. This will help you be prepared for any needs your dog might have while you’re out.
Do you like to take your dog shopping with you?
I’d love to hear all about your favorite dog-friendly stores and restaurants in a comment below!