For those of you with smaller breed dogs...the type you can pretty much carry with you....
1. Where have you taken them? 2. Where do you normally take them? 3. Have you found people give you ugly looks or make nasty comments when you bring your small dog places that normally a larger breed couldn't go? 4. Do you leash them, hold them, put them in a "purse"?
I'm just curious to know, because with Yuki, we can pretty much take him anywhere. The other day, I carried him into BlockBuster with us and the only thing anyone said was "aww, cute, can I pet him, how much was he, where'd you get him..blah blah", but at first..I was kind of afraid to carry him in there with us, like I had to hide him.
When do you think it's TOO much..or insulting to someone?
Even those with larger breeds...Just want some opinions.
If it were up to me I'd take my dog everywhere I go. He is a medium sized dog. When he was a baby I used to carry him in stores with me like a baby. I got alot of "aww's" from people, but never complaints. Now I can't do that but I wish I could. Whenever I see someone bring their dog in a store or wherever (small dogs) I just have to pet them or greet them.
While personally I'm not offended by well behaved dogs ANYWHERE- I wouldn't bring my dogs into a restaurant or grocery store, or a medical facility under normal circumstances. I've carried my boys through Blockbuster without problems, into Target and Ulta, and I've brought all three into Lowes and Home Depot (in the cart).
I've often heard: "I'm more offended by ill-behaved kids than your nice dogs".
But the fact is- some people are allergic. Some people just don't like dogs. I try to respect that.
around here where we live ,its pretty limited as to where you can take your dog. i know the pet shops allow them .but i avoid going into those places. i take them with me to the feed store when i go to buy their food and they love all the attention they get. alot of people have never seen a french bulldog before so they get pretty spoiled there. rocky has even got wise to where the bullysticks are . and i have to keep an eye on him or he will help himself to those. i take them to my sisters to play with her two boxers and the vet ,but that is pretty much it. i wish i could take them with me more places but leaving them in the car something i would never do.
i'm not at all offended when i see people with their dogs...a little jealous maybe, but not at all offended. i wish i could take my dogs everywhere with me, but most people and most stores don't allow or like rottweilers or APBT x's wandering around all over the place. although, there have been times i've been tempted to take sandy into walmart or a big store like that and see what people say! lol
Kai is a small mini American Eskimo. He is only 12 inches tall and weighs 20 pounds. He's not little like Toy Poodles and Yorkies, but I can carry him just fine. I take Kai to all of the pet stores...Petsmart, Petland (although they were snippy about him being near the puppy windows) and Petco. I took him to our local flea market where I bought him in the first place (<~~Not recommended) and one dorkling security guard told me that I could not have him there. I told this guy that I BOUGHT him there and he said "Oh, ok...then take him home after today and don't bring him back". Yeah right! Last weekend I saw tons of little dogs including a Beagle in a baby carriage and someone walking a Lab. Kai will be back! I also take Kai to our annual Applefest. They have a pet show and afterwards we run around the Applefest for a while and show off Kai and hopefully the ribbons and trophies he wins. I have snuck Kai into WVU to visit my son in his dorm. I would take him everywhere with me if I could! I don't have the nerve to try to take him to Lowe's or Home Depot or places like that. It would be nice if stores that did not sell food would let you take your pets as long as people were responsible dog owners.
So when you guys take your dogs to these places, do you leash them or carry them? I'd never even think of taking Yuki into a restaurant, but I was wondering if it was OK to bring him into let's say...Walmart, Target, or places like that? Not a grocery store, however, Walmart does have a grocery section.
Aside from the vet's office...the only other places I've seen dogs, were at Petsmart or pet stores (well, indoors that is).
I guess it won't hurt..what's the worst they'll do...tell me to leave, right? I just didn't to offend anyone by taking him places, however, I would like to bring him, if possible.
I have a little purse I bought at Petsmart. It has one side for my purse stuff and the other has a screen on the side for ventilation and gives my puppy a little view of everything. I've taken her to Target and she was quiet the whole time, nobody even knew I had a dog with me or if they did they didn't say anything. I would never take her to a restaurant because one, she would probably go nuts with all the different aromas and two, it might disgust other people, not to mention the health department definitely not approving of something like that.
Like I said- I've done Target without any issues (and yeah- it was a SuperTarget with a full grocery- but I didn't hang out on that end). Wal-mart might not be as friendly- but like you said, what's the worst that could happen? I always leash and carry my guys- or put them in the basket.
HomeDepot (and some Lowes) are usually very dog friendly. I think that most request that you keep your dog in the cart, though- for their safety and the safety of the other customers. Seems fair to me.
I was just about to post, this came up at our last kennel club meeting, and Lowes and Home Depot do allow dogs in the store. However, if there's even a remote chance of your dog either marking, peeing, or pooping in the store, I'd probably leave it at home.
We have a little Havanese and we take her wherever we can. She has gone to Menards, Lowes, Home Depot. Petco, Petsmart and all plant nurserys in our area. I have never had a bad reaction, anyone that chooses to speak to me about her is very curious about her breed and tell us how cute she is and want to pet her. Our little Sophie wasn't socialized by the Breeder and has issues with people, (she hides her face and shakes) so we want to show her as much as we can that people are okay. This is helping. When we take her into a store we make sure she has gone potty recently and she is on a leash. Mostly she rides in the cart and seems to really enjoy it.
Have to reply, can't help myself. I think it's great that some stores allow it and certainly have no problem with that. I have taken my dogs to the petstores, which is all around here that will allow it. I have seen people in Walmart with a small puppy in the basket and it didn't bother me one bit. I just don't have the nerve I guess.
Here is what does bother me. My ex husband's wife has a tiny poodle, about 3 lbs. She takes her everywhere in her purse, including church, the grocery store, restaraunts, you name it. The local grocery store caught her and told her she couldn't, but she still does. I guess she's just more careful. I'm sorry but that offends me. Even the most well behaved dog does not belong in church or a restaurant, like someone said, I'm sure it's a health code violation in a restaraunt. I don't blame her for wanting to take her with her, and she is a responsible pet owner, but there are limits. JMO
Bottom line, if it's ok with the store (or whatever) it's ok with me and I love to see them, but I don't like people hiding them when they aren't supposed to have them there. I figure that 1. there is a reason they aren't supposed to be there and 2. it's unfair to those of us who have dogs too big to do that and 3. she's teaching my kids to be sneaky and I don't like it. Then again I've always been pretty much a by the books person. Maybe it's me. Nahhh. J/K
If you are unsure the dog can go into a store, call the store before you go to find out if they allow it. That is less embarrassing than being asked to leave. If I had a large breed and it was well behaved, I would take the dog with me. Sneaking the dog in is wrong, there are reasons why its not allowed.
I take Georgie to work every day but she stays in the back area. She goes to the pet stores with us and to any outdoor area we go to. I take her to Sonics and eat at the picnic table. Haven't had the nerve to try another store but I would only carry her in a store that generally doesn't allow dogs. We did take her into a display home but only after asking and held her the entire time.
I have a dobie so obviously i cant carry him around..i do take him out to all places which are acceptable but not to busy. ~He goes to the petstore , vets (for apointments and weighing, shopping etc) ~To the park just for socialisation, not to play as it full of ducks and the temptation to chase would be too high. ~Goes with us to the garden centre.
There isn't many places i can take him as he is such a large dog .
Even though its a petstore which i take him to and there are dogs of all shapes and sizes i always get a evil look of someone for bringing a 'vicious doberman' into the store. Even though he 100% NON aggresive and loves to meet others. Although i sometimes get the odd really nice person who have a genuine love for the breed which really makes my day. Some people approach my dobie and i can see they are curious ( Ive only seen 1 other in my area) but then ask ' will he bite' , 'is he aggresive' .. ..i often say that "theres more chance of me biting you if you keep asking stupid questions..do you really think i would bring an aggresive dog into a public place"! at which point theres usually steam coming out of my ears.
I have to agree with Gina on this one. I love dogs, and i wish they were allowed everywhere, even restaurants. However...I don't like when I see someone with a small dog where dogs are not allowed, thinking it's ok because they are holding the dog/the dog is so small it doesn't matter/it won't bother anyone. As far as I'm concerned, if a great dane isn't allowed, a chihuahua shouldn't be allowed, either. After all, that's discrimination in another form!