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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.

Your posts sound extremely entitled OP. Just because you love dogs doesnt mean everyone does.

And I assume the benefits of an assistance dog being in a shop outweigh the negatives. I think its ridiculous that you should even compare it really.

Assistance dogs are unbelievably well trained. The shop owner can be fairly certain that an assistance dog won't chew the merchandise, shit on the floor or bite another customer. The same cannot be said of the general dog population. I think it's an understandable and fair rule, tbh.

ShakeWellBeforeOpening Fri 08-Feb-13 13:31:37

Oh well - I'm obviously wrong today smile

seeker Fri 08-Feb-13 13:32:24

The shop should have had a sign.
You should have used your imagination.


McKayz Fri 08-Feb-13 13:32:43

I'd never take my dog into a shop. I don't go to the shops while I'm out with the dog.

Fanny, I dare you to nonchalantly ride your horse in to Boots. Just as research.

TomArchersSausage Fri 08-Feb-13 13:32:58

I'm not that enamoured with the idea of dogs in pubs and cafes either, in fact it would put me off.

momb Fri 08-Feb-13 13:33:39

You took your dog into a pharmacy? really? Bleurk

There isn't a sign on my neighbours' front door asking us not to spit on the floor in their house....but I still wouldn't do it!

seeker Fri 08-Feb-13 13:34:47

I took our youngster for a walk today- he needs new experiences. I' take him to the shop next time- he'd love it. They sell carrots- he could buy his own!

ZZZenAgain Fri 08-Feb-13 13:35:00

I'd assume I couldn't take the dog in anywhere be it pub, cafe, restaurant, shop, hairdresser. I've been in a couple of restaurants where people have brought in their dogs and I wasn't very happy with it.

Only place I'd take a dog without checking first is the vet

Bossybritches22 Fri 08-Feb-13 13:35:12

Dogs are not expected to be able to go into shops,cafe's or pubs as a general rule, the odd delightful exception is just exception.

I am a dog lover & owner but no way would I expect her to be allowed everywhere with me.

Can never understand folks who take their poor pooches into busy town centres either, far too stressful for them.

How bizarre!

YY to the horse in boots.

Huge dung in the make up aisle!

FannyFifer Fri 08-Feb-13 13:35:15

"What do u mean I can't bring my horse into boots? There's nowhere to tie him up or no signs saying no horses allowed" grin

AngelWreakinHavoc Fri 08-Feb-13 13:35:33

Is this a wind up thread?

McKayz Fri 08-Feb-13 13:35:48

I'm not keen on dogs in cafes and pubs that serve food either. Despite having a dog that lies next to the table while we eat. I know he won't try and take our food. But recently we saw a dog nick food off another table while the owners weren't looking.

ShakeWellBeforeOpening Fri 08-Feb-13 13:37:19

Its only a wind up thread for those who wish to get wound up .

I was wrong obviously.

FannyFifer Fri 08-Feb-13 13:38:02

OP, I should get one of these for your dog when u go shopping.
I have actually seen a woman in the shopping centre with her dog in one, too funny!

Indith Fri 08-Feb-13 13:38:33

Really? You assume it is ok to take a dog in unless otherwise stated?

I think the response here shows that pretty much every other dog owner assumes that it is NOT ok unless stated.

Dogs belong outside unless welcome in some pubs and cafes. Usually ones in rural areas with show racks for walkers to leave their muddy boots grin.

Or do something like this, Fanny.

You just need to teach your horse to talk...

Floggingmolly Fri 08-Feb-13 13:39:28

I wouldn't have just assumed my dog would be universally welcomed - cafes? Really? I wouldn't use any cafe / restaurant that allowed dogs on the premises, much as I love them. In fact I've never actually heard of any?

HyvaPaiva Fri 08-Feb-13 13:40:23

Why are you taking a dog into a shop and assuming that dogs are welcome in shops 'unless there's a sign'? That's ridiculous. It's a given that you can't just take animals inside shops. hmm Also, I would hate to be in a cafe and have a dog there too. That's disgusting. Stop putting your pet into spaces where people don't have a choice in the matter, your dog isn't automatically 'entitled' to be in those places.

AmberLeaf Fri 08-Feb-13 13:40:40

Assistance dogs are of course acceptable and as someone upthread said very well trained.

Im amazed you would think it was ok to take a dog into a shop TBH.

ZZZenAgain Fri 08-Feb-13 13:41:47

chuckling at the horse in Boots. When we lived in Berlin, saw dogs everywhere. Huge number of dogs live there so inner-city dogs are all over the place (in the tube, in buses, in boutiques, restaurants, cafes). You see more dogs than dc. I have actually seen dogs in pharmacists there too but then there is a general culture of dogs going most places. If a dog is not allowed in a shop, there will generally be a sign outside with a picture of a dog crossed out to make it clear to you. There were 3 in one lingerie shop I went in and not little lap dogs either but they seem not to be allowed in bakeries or supermarkets. Not sure how you figure out the rules tbh

SilverBellsandCockleShells Fri 08-Feb-13 13:43:57

We live in the countryside and the norm is for dogs to be allowed into pubs. But normally just into the bar, not into any separate restaurant areas. I'd take an instant dislike to any pub that didn't let me take my dog in, but I wouldn't in a million years contemplate taking a dog into a shop (except on the Continent, where obviously the rules are different).

captainmummy Fri 08-Feb-13 13:45:01

In Germany lots of older women people have little lap-dogs, and they go everywhere. Even into restaurants; they will sit under the table and have a bowl of water and everything.

Yuk. And I love dogs.

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