What exactly is the policy or rules around bringing pets into stores/businesses?

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ducxnguyen wrote:
Sep 13th, 2017 8:59 pm
What is the difference with service dogs and a regular well behaved dog? If you're allergic to a dog then you'll be allergic to a service dog.
The difference? Besides the fact that one dog is for a documented need, vs a "nice-to-have"?

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george__ wrote:
Jun 14th, 2015 1:15 am
I brought Mimi (small dog) into Burger King once waiting on order

Manager didn't kick me out
that's too bad
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ducxnguyen wrote:
Sep 13th, 2017 8:59 pm
What is the difference with service dogs and a regular well behaved dog? If you're allergic to a dog then you'll be allergic to a service dog.
The idea is that a service dog helps the person with their 'human right' to support their disability. Like making everything wheelchair mandatory. The needs of the human trumps the inconvenience of allergies or potential urine/poo poo/fleas and other contaminants a dog may carry in the store. Now from what I know, many people say their dog is a 'service' dog because it helps them with anxiety or whatever, but may not be 'certified'. To me, a service dog is mainly for vision impaired people, but apparently it's abused by many people. "I'm depressed I'm not with my dog... therefore my dog is my service dog"
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Husbamf wrote:
Jul 16th, 2015 6:15 am
I understand where you're coming from, as my best friend is usually quite scared of dogs after a traumatic event. However, it's kind of a double edge sword. Depending on the circumstance, it could be unfair to the pet to leave it at home (such as the puppy scenario) and perhaps no one is available for the x amount of time that you're at Lowes.

I'm highly allergic to scents, so I'm weary of a bunch of stores. And women. Or teenage boys. You remember when boys spraying Axe everywhere was a fad? That was a bad time for me.

What it boils down to is that you can't really expect strangers to accommodate your allergies/problems. She's lactose intolerant, he's allergic to preservatives, they can't have peanuts or shellfish, someone's allergic to pets and has hay fever. Severe phobias. The list goes on. Strangers do have to be understanding and compromise, though. Owners should look for alternatives first (without compromising the health or safety of the pet), pets should always be leashed/in a carrier so you can keep as much distance as you'd like, they definitely shouldn't be near food, etc.
^^ This pretty much sums it up.

There's no pleasing everyone. I can't stand fragrant perfumes or bad body odour, but that sort of stuff can't be banned. You just learn to steer clear of things you don't want to be close to and let other people live.
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Saw a girl with a labradoodle in Superstore yesterday, no vest or anything to indicate a service dog. I was checking out so not sure if she was able to keep it with her. I would NEVER think to bring my dog into the grocery store. wtf?

FYI Bass Pros allows and welcomes dogs.
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That’s not true I bring my 4 pound toy poodle to stores/shops and I’m afraid employees will kick him out however most store employees and almost every customer that sees him popping out of my jacket or in my arms even in a grocery store comes up and pets him.. I don’t know why people say it’s rude or disrespectful to the other customers because everyone that sees my dog has to come up to me and start up a conversation about how adorable he is.
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Don't bring your **** dog in business if is not a service dog. It crystal clear, you don't need it and we don't need it. Stop being self centered. 5 years back nobody's did that. Let me repeat one last time DON'T BRING YOUR DOG IN BUSINESS. Said anything you want, I am right and you will never be.
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The law permits no pets in stores selling or serving food except service animals. That some employees or stores choose to ignore such violations doesn't make it acceptable. My dog stays home if weather doesn't allow me to leave it in the car when running errands on the rare occasion the dog has to be with me. Some stores, like pet stores and Home Hardware do welcome pets but may also post acceptable behaviour rules.

Unless I know of a store's pet policy ahead of time, I don't presume to be entitled to impose my pet on others.
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The reason why lots of stores are not permitting dogs/pets is because behaviour, ideally you want to keep your dog on a tight leash and not let the dog interact with anyone. If someone has an allergy to scents, it's less likely that they will walk into a mist of it or have direct contact compared to a dog that was not held carefully by the owner. Service dogs are allowed because they are behaved, calm, and trained not to interact with anything but the owner and obstacles to allow the owner to enter an area.

So this ban happened because of owners not being in control with their dog around others, this small group ruined it for everyone, so no need to have a huge debate blaming everyone for everything.

One thing is for sure is to keep your pets away from food, it's definitely a health issue as fur from a not so calm dog can fly into the food, its a rule that needs to be enforced, but employees don't follow their own rules sometimes so you won't get flak because you are bringing in something they find cute.

If you do bring in your pets into a store, remember to keep the pet on a tight leash, do not let it browse merchandise, respect the space to others, if you see person is tensing up then leave the area to be the better person. A pet is your responsibility, a person's reaction is an interaction with you (not your pet, legally), if its not going in a good direction quickly stop it/leave before it escalates.
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I bring my German Shepherd where I can take her. She understands she needs be good and gets a treat after we shop. She lays down while I make my decisions and pay for purchases. We wait and allow other shoppers to pass and she her good behaviour. People and children ask to pet her and she sits for them to do so. At some cashiers they offer treats as she sits patiently.
Dog owners do this so our dogs can socialize and be comfortable with large groups of people and LEARN NOT BE VICIOUS!!!.
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I have small pup to small to be left home . took her to walmart london ont. did not make big show about having her there. kept in small soft side carrier in cart. she was better behaved than the kids running around the store heard screaming and crying. what is the big deal . if your pet is well behaved then let them in the store , if not then tell them they have to leave. that goes for the screaming crying brats too. i am sick of the way kids behave in public places. poor parenting for sure. i will take a store full of puppies anyday and leave the kids at home . so there.
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Magoomba wrote:
Jun 12th, 2015 4:41 pm
Some establishments actually have a sign that say "No Pets Allowed".
Other business have no such sign. So if there's no sign, am I allowed to bring my pet inside?
Are the rules set by each business or are there over-arching rules from each city or province?
Generally speaking you can't take your pet into any business unless they expressly say that they allow pets. If your dog is a registered guide dog all businesses are required by law to let your dog in. Otherwise, no. Petsmart and Pet Valu let you bring your dog into the store, because they are pet stores. Not all pet stores allow this.
It is actually against the law to bring a non-service animal of any kind into any store where food is sold, including convenience stores.
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Cheap Cat wrote:
Jun 13th, 2015 3:37 pm
You can bring in service animals and that is it unless there is a sign saying it is ok to bring in pets. Why do people need to bring their pets into stores with them? No one wants your pet in the store. What's with these people who take their dogs with them everywhere? Are they the new helicopter pet parents? Leave your pet at home.
Bringing your furry family member with you helps them gain great people interaction skills and prevents them from total boredom. People or animals-its never fun being confined. As for "no one wants to see them" theres rarely a time i go out and positive people don't stop me to say hi to him or give him a treat so i kinda doubt that statement is accurate.
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I manage a HomeSense and a lot of our stores are dog friendly and a lot of people bring their dogs in with them. Just not allowed in the food section.
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HughG wrote:
Jan 14th, 2019 11:31 pm
I manage a HomeSense and a lot of our stores are dog friendly and a lot of people bring their dogs in with them. Just not allowed in the food section.
such a huge liability,I'm surprised they haven't stopped this policy like Home Depot did. ... e-1.634432

I love dogs but can totally understand that some people don't and/or are afraid of them. That's why I don't bring dogs into any businesses unless I'm 100% they are dog friendly.
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