My life has changed in so many ways since moving to Austin and so has my dog's life.
We are now able to visit so many different stores together and I no longer have to leave him at home. Living in Austin reminds me of the time when I was traveling Europe, specifically Italy, due to the country being so dog-friendly.
I remember spending my first night in Italy at a very fancy, upscale restaurant, and to my right being a large, furry dog sitting by his owners.
The following stores are not just service dog-friendly, but all kinds of dog-friendly. If you want to be extra sure, you can call the store ahead of time and make sure your furry friend can join along, too.
Below are stores that are dog-friendly:
3. Hobby Lobby
4. Bath and Body Works
6. Home Depot
8. kbnes and Noble
9. Bass Pro Shops
12. Urban Outfitters
13. Foot Locker
14. Free People
15. Old Navy
18. Lush Cosmetics
Tips before jetting off to a store with your furry guy:
– Call the store ahead of time and make sure that that specific store is dog-friendly. Every store is under different management and might have different rules for various reasons. If you are interested in finding out if a store is dog-friendly that I don't have listed above, do a quick Google search or call up the specific store you are interested in. I've always seen people bring in pets to stores that aren't even listed as pet-friendly but don't say anything anyway. Like I said, every store is different and if your pet is calm and quiet, it shouldn't be an issue.
– Also, I didn't list Petco, Petsmart, or other smaller pet chain stores due to it being obvious that animals are allowed.
– ALWAYS keep your dog on a leash, even if you have him/her sitting in the cart. This is the leash I use for my dog that likes to pull a lot. Training a dog to walk properly in public is key to continuously allow dogs in stores.
– Keep in mind, if you have a dog that is skittish and sensitive to loud noises, a lot of people or other dogs, it might not be the best idea to take them to a store.
– I always make sure to bring treats, a water bottle, and a water bowl with me every time my dog and I go out. Here are treats that are all natural with no preservatives. Feeding your dog healthy food is key to allow them to live a long, healthy life.
– If your dog does well with no one trying to pet or touch it, I would recommend buying a large sign that can be wrapped around the leash that says “Does not like being pet” or something of that nature. I've seen it before and have thought about getting one myself due to too many children coming up to my dog at once and surrounding him.
– Get your dog familiar with shopping areas by taking them to smaller stores, and then eventually larger stores. This way your pet can get acclimated to the people, noises, and different environment.
I've also noticed that many of these stores even have dog treats and dog food bowls out for dogs and other animals. I always get so excited when I see a water bowl! Here is a collapsible water bowl for dogs. This tool is great for when you take your dogs on walks, hikes, and other outside activities.
*** Very important: In order to keep these stores dog-friendly, we must respect the rules of the store. Certain stores are getting rid of their dog-friendly rule because of dogs running off from not being on leashes or causing accidents. Be respectful and only bring your dog if you know FOR SURE that it'll be a positive experience for you, the good, and the people around you. ***
Below are some photos of my son, Ba'cho.
Are there other stores you take your pet to that I didn't list above?