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Was asked to leave a shop today because of 'hygiene'

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ShakeWellBeforeOpening Fri 08-Feb-13 13:07:54

Took my dog for a walk this morning and went via the local town as had to get a few things. Went into one shop with dog - big welcome and fuss made of .

Went into local small branch of well know chemist (no no dogs sign and nowhere to tie her up outside) wandering up aisle to get one thing when shop assistant told me that I could not have dog in there , I asked why and she said 'hygiene' .

I wish shop owners / retailers would get their facts right about dogs in shops - funny how my dog is allowed in pubs and some cafes round here.

I know it is at their discretion but spouting 'Hygiene' reasons is really annoying when with well behaved and trained dog.

I always assume that I can't take my dog in to a shop unless they specifically state that I can. Are you in the UK?

ShakeWellBeforeOpening Fri 08-Feb-13 13:10:52

yes in UK - I always look for signs to say no dogs and would also look for somewhere to tie her up - but nothing.

TakingTheStairs Fri 08-Feb-13 13:11:11

Your dog may be trained and well behaved but he may have muddy paws, (we can wipe our shoes) he may shed, he may cause an allergy to someone that's already ill and seeking advice from the pharmacist. I am quite surprised that anyone would think it's acceptable to bring a dog into a pharmacy.
And I say that as a dog lover and owner.

Floralnomad Fri 08-Feb-13 13:11:56

I'm surprised you're allowed to take the dog in any shops , I always thought it was assistance dogs only apart from in pet shops. I don't think it's unreasonable either as lots of people's dogs are not well behaved and would cause chaos . It always amazes me how many people tie their dogs up outside our local shops especially with the increase in dog thefts at the moment.

ShakeWellBeforeOpening Fri 08-Feb-13 13:13:45

But it's the blanket 'hygiene' excuse that people use - buts its OK to take them into pubs and some cafes.

Why would you think its ok?

I have a dog and I absolutely dont think its ok to take dogs into shops.

Same here, Floral. I never tie my dog up outside a shop, I either make sure I have someone with me to hand the lead to or just...don't take the dog if I have to go shopping.

When we were in LA last year, dogs seemed to be allowed pretty much everywhere. We were in a huge department store and all the dogs were wearing t-shirts. It was so surreal.

TakingTheStairs Fri 08-Feb-13 13:17:06

I would see it as actually being a hygiene issue personally, and although I love that you can bring them into some pubs / cafés, I do find it odd and slightly not right to have animals where food is being served.
So I choose to see it as a bonus if I can bring my dog in and standard that I can't.

ShakeWellBeforeOpening Fri 08-Feb-13 13:17:32

I think its ok - if I have no choice to tie her up outside and there are no signs. I don't like tying her up outside anyway.

Pootles2010 Fri 08-Feb-13 13:19:24

I think the hygene thing is just because they don't want to get into an argument with you, as you say its an excuse. They don't want your dog in their shop - you should just leave it at that.

cocolepew Fri 08-Feb-13 13:21:44

I wouldn't dream if taking my dog into any shop.

Imagine if they decided to take a piss on the floor.

Its not very hygenic imo, I don't want to pick something up off a shelf and find dog drool on it, dogs also don't really care where they urinate or you could walk past products and get dog hair on them. I especially wouldn't take a dog into a chemist where asthmatics and people with allergies may be waiting for medication.

I'm not sure why you thought it would be ok confused

If I went for a meal and someone had their dog in there I would leave.

zumbaholic Fri 08-Feb-13 13:24:10

I wasnt aware you could take a dog in any shop with the exception of some petshops, without it being a hearing/blind dog?

I can see the hygiene issue. In the last week, my dog has:

- vommed up some half digested dead thing on the kitchen floor, and then eaten it again.
- eaten an inordinate amount of tasty cat shit.
- emptied his anal glands joyfully on a pair of slippers.

And he is house trained. No way, no how would I take him in to a shop/pub/cafe.

YY, most pet shops allow you to take fido in. I've only found rural pups that allow well behaved dogs, and even then they tend to prefer you to sit al fresco.

CheddarGorgeous Fri 08-Feb-13 13:25:52

Don't bring your dog shopping then. Problem solved confused

ShakeWellBeforeOpening Fri 08-Feb-13 13:27:02

It's a chemist /shop - the pharmacy right at the back - so didn't go anywhere near that.

My dog is fully house trained - more likely to have a potty training toddler wee on the floor grin

Assistance dogs allowed - don't people get allergic to them or is it just non working dogs that people get allergic to hmm

Greensleeves Fri 08-Feb-13 13:27:48

I'm surprised that you would expect to be able to take a dog into a chemist. A shop is no place for a dog unless it is a guide/assistance dog.

I also think it is oddly presumptuous to expect "somewhere to tie her up outside". Do you think all shops are obliged to provide facilities for your dog? confused

TantrumsAndBalloons Fri 08-Feb-13 13:29:11

well, obviously assistance dogs are necessary for the people using them?

I never take my dogs into shops, I dont look ofr signs, I just dont do it.

I dont tie them up either, I just dont take them

Greensleeves Fri 08-Feb-13 13:29:23

Personally I would like a ban on people tying dogs up outside shops. Just don't take an animal shopping.

FannyFifer Fri 08-Feb-13 13:29:40


Unless it is a guide dog then you are being totally unreasonable.

Not all shops have a no dog sign because its obvious that you don't bring a dog in.

If I was out horse riding is it ok to bring a horse into the chemist as it doesn't have a no horse sign?

TantrumsAndBalloons Fri 08-Feb-13 13:30:07

no, thats a lie. I take them to Pets at home. They like it there. And the lady at the counter always gives them treats. Which they love

Floralnomad Fri 08-Feb-13 13:30:21

Obviously people can be allergic to assistance dogs but its hardly a reasonable argument , unless you think all blind people should be accompanied by another person or have to stay home .

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