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Smartieskid Wed 07-Sep-16 09:42:20

We don't allow dogs at work we have a huge sign on the wall outside but people still act surprised when I don't allow them or they ask if they can carry them then they always storm off claiming to spend there money else where happens atleast twice a day Really winds me up and no we never used to allow dogs either

CoffeeCoffeeAndLotsOfIt Wed 07-Sep-16 09:43:45

Where do you work? If at a vets yabu wink

GeneralBobbit Wed 07-Sep-16 09:46:15

A cafe?

That's pretty unusual if there's outside space.

Smartieskid Wed 07-Sep-16 10:39:15

A shop with a cafe Attatched we have outside seating and dogs are allowed there

HeavenlyHeathen Wed 07-Sep-16 10:41:00

What do you sell?

Seems like you're losing some business-can't you let them in?

Crispbutty Wed 07-Sep-16 10:42:47

How are people meant to order if they can't bring their dog in with them?

I love living in Devon where it is so dog friendly.

I also don't understand the reasoning behind banning dogs from shops. If they are on a lead they are usually better behaved than many children.

PikachuSayBoo Wed 07-Sep-16 10:43:11

Are you in a rural area where other cafes do allow dogs?

Always amazes me in Buttermere in The Lakes dogs aren't allowed in the cafe when every other cafe in a 15 mile radius lets them inside.

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Wed 07-Sep-16 10:44:34

Where is the cafe?

If you're in a park where lots of people walk their dogs I'll say you aren't on a winner.

GeneralBobbit Wed 07-Sep-16 10:45:28

So people are also wanting to bring their dog into the shop?

If it was my shop I'd allow it from a selling point of view. Dog owners spend money, in fact people who own dogs round here and visit cafes are often quite wealthy.

And it depends what type of shop I guess. Gifty wifty, God yes - loads of money in that

dreamingofsun Wed 07-Sep-16 10:47:22

lots of pubs and cafes allow dogs where we live. how are we supposed to eat/drink tea/wine otherwise? I don't always want to sit outside in the rain, or in clouds of cigarette smoke.

How is a small well behaved dog that bad? she smells better than some people I know and lies asleep under the table (we have spend years going to pubs training her). She is also cleaner than most people's shoes

myfavouritecolourispurple Wed 07-Sep-16 10:48:27

*I also don't understand the reasoning behind banning dogs from shops(

Because they are unhygienic, they've generally had their face up another dog's bottom. Their hair may mount all over the place which may be bad if people have allergies and, as was in the media last week, they may have ticks which might decide to jump over to the nearest human.

Would you take a cat or guinea pig to a shop? If not, why are dogs different (except guide/hearing dogs, obvs).

dreamingofsun Wed 07-Sep-16 10:48:32

the local jaeger shop where we live asked me in with my dog, when i was looking in the window

myfavouritecolourispurple Wed 07-Sep-16 10:48:58

moult not mount

dreamingofsun Wed 07-Sep-16 10:49:57

myfavourite - that exactly describes some of the customers my son serves at our local supermarket - the one that stocks lots of prince charles' products

Pineappletastic Wed 07-Sep-16 10:50:23

What's the alternative to them 'storming off to spend their money elsewhere?'.

I wouldn't expect to take my dog in a highstreet cafe, but if I were halfway up a touristy/walky landmark and there was a cafe+stone floored giftshop I might be surprised they would want to turn my business away. I probably wouldn't 'storm off' though, I'd just say 'Oh, ok, I'll go to Other Place, thanks'

pootlepootle Wed 07-Sep-16 10:52:35

they let them in shops in germany. i was in a really posh department store in berlin and nearly stepped in dog shit on the escalator - it was smeared into the grooves. after that, i will never think it's acceptable to allow unemployed dogs in shops.

AnUtterIdiot Wed 07-Sep-16 10:53:16

It would annoy me if people asked to bring dogs in if there was a sign on the wall saying they couldn't. So YANBU. More widely, I think you're not being unreasonable if you don't let dogs in (I am a dog owner but accept that some people are genuinely terrified of them), but if you let people with dogs sit outside there should be table service or similar for them (which obviously you might already have).

If it's a shop full of china things I can totally understand why you don't let dogs in. My mum's Retriever was a lovely friendly dog but he could clear a table of crockery with one wag...

AnUtterIdiot Wed 07-Sep-16 10:54:34

I mean, you'll lose their money, they'll go to cafes that allow dogs. People who are scared of dogs will pick you over those cafes. Honestly, I don't really mind. I didn't get my lovely dog blissfully unaware that I wouldn't be able to go wherever I wanted with him.

HeavenlyHeathen Wed 07-Sep-16 10:54:35

From a business point of view I think you should make exceptions.

You are there to make money

PikachuSayBoo Wed 07-Sep-16 10:54:36

People's shoes tend to be unhygienic. They're allowed in cafes and shops....on the floor.m as long as dogs are on the floor I don't see the difference.

I pretty much only holiday in keswick now because of this, it's been voted most dog friendly town and dogs can go in everywhere apart from Gregs and Costa. I take her in Joules, in White Stuff, in Fat Face.....they even all have dog water bowls in the shops.

KinkyAfro Wed 07-Sep-16 10:55:34

What about the people who are afraid of dogs, why should they have to feel uncomfortable because someone has brought a dog in. I have dogs, I would expect to take them anywhere unless it stated dog friendly

HermioneJeanGranger Wed 07-Sep-16 10:55:36

I work in a clothing shop in the Lakes. We allow dogs. And we get a lot of customers saying they don't understand why other shops don't let them in. I mean, the Lake District is an outdoorsy place full of people who go hiking and fell walking with their dogs.

They're cleaner and better behaved than most of the children, who run riot, pull things off rails, hide in changing rooms and play chase around the place. The dogs, on the other hand, sit quietly with their owner, or trot along nicely while they have a browse.

I'd rather we banned kids grin

KinkyAfro Wed 07-Sep-16 10:56:02


NavyandWhite Wed 07-Sep-16 10:58:53

What do you sell?

RealityCheque Wed 07-Sep-16 11:01:50

Entitled, Much!

Of course dogs should not be allowed in shops. Just tie them up outside if you must go in. Weird.

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