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8 Major Retail Stores That Allow Dogs


We all like to take our dogs with use on outings, but it can be confusing trying to figure out where they are welcome. Beware of “dog friendly” lists online. While doing research, I found many companies that other sites claim are dog friendly, are not! 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.

In fact, aside from the pet stores, every store on this has a “per manager” policy, so call ahead before you go.

#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.


@MikeMozart via Flickr
@MikeMozart via Flickr

#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.

@MikeMozart via Flickr
@MikeMozart via Flickr

#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.

@bclinesmith via Flickr
@bclinesmith via Flickr

#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.

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