We all like to take our pups with use on outings, but it can be confusing trying to figure out where they are welcome. Beware of “dog friendly” lists online. While researching this, I found many companies that other sites claim are dog friendly, but a quick call to the local store showed otherwise. For example, one site even claimed Bed, Bath, & Beyond had special dog shopping carts. I contacted the company and they had no idea what I was talking about regarding the carts, and said they only allow service animals. So if you want to know what major retailers allow dogs, read on.
As some stores may be in a mall or have individual pet policies, it’s always best to contact the store before arriving with your canine companion. And remember, bring a leash and be ready to clean up any mess your pup may leave.
#1 – Home Depot
This home improvement chain is known for being pretty dog friendly, but definitely call your local one before heading out as their policy is actually varies from manager to manager. Sometimes the cashiers even had dog cookies, which always makes my pups happy.
#2 – Lowe’s
Like Home Depot, most Lowe’s stores welcome four-legged shoppers. It’s a great place to take dogs because of the wide, concrete aisles.
#3 – Barnes and Noble
I have actually taken my dogs into a Barnes and Noble at Fashion Island in Newport, California. However, like most of these chains, call ahead as not all of their stores are pet friendly.
#4 – Pottery Barn
While the idea of letting my bouncy puppy into a pottery barn makes me cringe (so many things to break!) this chic establishment does let dogs in depending on the location. So call ahead before you take your dog to help pick out your next table setting.
#5 – Petsmart
Of course they are dog friendly. Just remember your dog must be well-behaved and on leash. If you were thinking of dropping your dog off for daycare, be aware they do not accept most “bully breeds” at the discretion of the manager.
#6 – Petco
Like Petsmart, Petco always welcomes well behaved, leashed pets. However, they do not seem to always have treats at the register, which makes for a disgruntled dog.
#7 – Macy’s
Macy’s has a long history of being involved with pets. From donating window space at their San Francisco store to the local SPCA to their Petacular and Barkfast event held in NYC, they love pets. I took my puppy to Macy’s in Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA and was shocked at how dog savvy the manager was – he asked if he was friendly and then crouched low and to the side of my dog to greet him.
#8 – Bass Pro Shop
They actually have a blog entry about allowing dogs in their stores. While their Altoona, Iowa location is definitely dog friendly, the company says to call your local store to check before going, as policies differ from store to store.
#9 – Hobby Lobby
Whether you’re picking up some fabrics or shopping for the latest crafting project, Hobby Lobby is a great place to spend time with your furry friend. The corporate office says that there is no policy against dogs, but they suggest calling your local store to check before going, as policies differ from store to store.
#10 – TJMaxx
Shopping for the latest fashion? TJMaxx allows leashed pets to peruse with patrons. Some stores even have a pet section with toys and other supplies. As always, give your local store a call first to make sure they are Fido-friendly.