10 Chain Stores that Welcome Dogs

dog friendly storesIf you want to go shopping but don’t want to leave your pooch at home, the following major retail chains allow you to bring your well-behaved dog inside many of their stores.

Your dog must be on a leash, and some stores may require that you carry him in your arms or a pet carrier. Due to health codes, only service dogs are usually allowed in any indoor areas where food is sold or served.

Since the dog-friendly policy often varies by location, be sure to call your local store in advance to confirm that both you and your dogs are welcome.

  • Banana Republic – Although it started out selling tropical-themed clothing for men and women, this chain with 600 stores around the world now sells a variety of modern, refined apparel, and allows customers to bring their dogs along.
  • Barnes & Noble – Why buy books online when you can bring your pooch along to browse and purchase them in person? This bookseller currently has more than 680 locations across the U.S.
  • Bloomingdale’s – This upscale department store chain, which began way back in 1861, allows dogs to shop along with their two-legged customers. Just make sure you have a little poop bag in addition to the store’s famous “little brown bag.”
  • Gap – Gap stands for Genuine American Product, and the largest specialty clothing retailer in the U.S. is genuinely dog friendly.
  • Home Depot and Lowes – Some of these home improvement stores allow your pooch inside to help you, say, pick the perfect paint color and lumber for a dog house.
  • Petco and PetSmart – Naturally these two major pet retailers allow your pooch to accompany you inside their stores. But be aware that if you want to drop off your dog while you shop, Pit Bulls are not allowed in PetSmart’s Doggie Day Care Camp.
  • Pottery Barn – “Transform the place you live into the place you love” is a motto of this upscale home furnishings chain, where your dog is welcome to accompany you as you shop for the items to make that transformation.
  • Restoration Hardware – This purveyor of luxury home furnishings, lighting, bath fixtures – and yes, hardware – has 100 dog-friendly stores in the U.S. and Canada.

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EngSara
EngSara

We're all a bunch of idiots and think society owes us something? That's just lovely. You don't know any of us. I'm VERY glad you don't know me, because I'd never want to know such a closed-minded individual as yourself. God forbid we voice an opinion that is different from yours. You're a legend in your own little mind and you'd be adorable if you weren't so rude. 

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  • Redhead70
    Redhead70

    it3fergie...Now you are aware of where dogs are allowed. SO STAY AWAY! Unfortunately, I am not given such notice as to where idiots like you and your children will be when I go out in public, thus People like you are forced on me daily! And boy, do my allergies to BS go crazy!

    JodiHawks
    JodiHawks

    I just called Barnes & Noble and they said only service dogs are allowed, not pets.  That was disappointing...

    it3fergie
    it3fergie

    I am sorry but There are a lot of people and kids that have allergies to Dogs and most people will stay away from Petsmart and Petco because of this. So to say you wont shop at a store like Home Depot or Lowes because they wont allow Dogs is about as dumb as you can get. I love my dog and I adore my cats but I dont take them anywhere like that because they dont belong. I have been writing to Home Depot in Rock Hill for a while now requesting that they stop allowing Dogs to be allowed in the store because I dont go to shop for Home supplies and hardware with people walking their dogs around. 

    NicoleMcIntyre
    NicoleMcIntyre

    Petsmart definitely does allow pitbulls, the rules just say no dogs that are vicious or violent to the others. They are usually just evaluated first. Please fix that. It's not like people need any more reason to hold stereotypes against pitbulls and let more die in shelters. I work at Petsmart by the way that's how I know this.

    ConnieLikens
    ConnieLikens

    I called Tractor Supply in our area because someone told my husband that dogs are welcome.  They said that well behaved leashed dogs are definitely welcome inside their stores.  So I would call your local store first just to be safe...but I will be taking mine there.


    CathyRobitaille
    CathyRobitaille

    Home Depot in Keene NH says no dogs. I won't shop there now, I mean like what can possibly be wrong bringing a dog in a hardware store- what a bunch of idiots they say it's a health code well its lumber!

    LenoraCowden
    LenoraCowden

    Home depot asked my family and i to leave carrying a 12 lb chihuahua pug said they dont allow dogs


    JeanMcDermottGeronimo
    JeanMcDermottGeronimo

    Ashley: If you don't know the latest bite study data, you cannot say Labs have a higher bite rate than Pit Bulls !! From 2005-2012,  61% of ALL bites which lead to a person's death were caused by a pit bull, even though their population was only 5% of the total US dog population!!!  This was followed by the Rottweiler, who came in second, but still only had a bite record HALF of what the Pit bull had!. Other breeds mentioned in the study were mixed breeds, then German Shepards.  No where in the TOP FIVE highest bite breeds were Labs even listed. Also keep in mind the Labs continue to be the AKC listed favorite dog for nearly twenty years. There are many bite studies to be found on the internet to verify what I have mentioned here. JG

    DanielleChristensen
    DanielleChristensen

    A wine store next to the petsmart by my house allows dogs.  They have a big sign in the window.

    Janetjkj
    Janetjkj

    Good for you Kathy with the Dobie. I have one Therapy Dog (boston terrier) and am training two more Boston's and my Doberman Addie . Socialization is the or one of the most important steps right along with basic obedience. I look for places to take them and encourage people to pet them. I use Home Depot , lowes and the flea mkt for training them. Right now the puppies are very promising as therapy dogs. Owen the adult therapy dog can go into hospitals schools and nursing homes.

    Janetjkj
    Janetjkj

    I'm a pet sitter and experienced with handling dogs. I used to show dogs and worked for two area vets. Although I've not been asked to sit for a pibull, I've had a German Shepard and dobermans brought to me. The only dogs to bite or try to bite me have been a dachshund and a 3lb chihuahua . We wre told by both vets that the smaller dogs were the most likely to bite. ;)

    AshleyStevens
    AshleyStevens

    You can blame the insurance companies for the "no pit bulls" rule.  They have a major issue with them. It's not about the fact that they bite more than other breeds (for the record, Labs bite a great deal more often than pit bulls), but Pit Bulls cause more bodily damage when they bite - hence, more insurance claims for the injuries - than other dogs. So, the insurance companies  insuring these stores require this rule.


    JoeKey
    JoeKey

    We were asked to leave Home Depot when we brought our dog.

    SharlaSamford
    SharlaSamford

    Tractor supply company allows dogs as well as farm animals like pot bellied pigs, or other small controllable farm pets. use to work there an loved my regular 4 legged customers <3

    LindaBeauchamp
    LindaBeauchamp

    Actually babstown,"service animals" n "companion animals" are two different things. Also a merchant has the right to ask 3 questions of the owner, if any of those questions cannot be answered they have the right to ask that person to leave.  It isn't finite.

    toriC
    toriC

    id just lie to throw a curve ball out there and say there is a restaurant in Salisbury, Ma- a regular/italian restaurant that SERVES food- that allows dogs... I think there are a few others too.. but they have some pretty strict and clearly written rules... the servers are not allowed to touch the dog at any time.  you are not allowed to feed your dog anything at any time.  they have D ring bolts on the floor and on the wall that your dog must be attached to at all times (long enough to be comfortable but not long enough to move beyond the table) and the restaurant reserves the right to ask your dog to leave at any time determined by their 'assessment' of the dogs behavior-aggressive -over excited -out of control -etc... there were a couple other things too... i forget the pooping policy.. but my dog has literally never gone to the bathroom inside so i dont worry about it.  obviously their target market is pet lovers... i think any reasonable person that didnt like dogs or was allergic would not eat there.. i also dont think thats a mean/bad thing- theres like a million italian places around get over yourself- the whole world doesnt revolve around your tastes or your allergies (people have epi pens for that reason).  

    I will also make the common point that bad dogs (and children) almost always come from bad parents or ignorant parents- people that dont want to be 'mean' to their dog or people and correct them and people who dont recognize or care to put time into their dogs behavior- focus should be on them not blanket policies because of a few bad eggs- but then that gets in to subjectivity and expertise blah blah blah.  

    I will also say that because my dog is 'subjectively' good enough that she is allowed in the many places that we frequently go and the owner/people that work at the place let her in on their own accord... I still wouldnt expect or try to bring her into any place that served food- because that is a health concern on the dogs part and because if its not stated that its pet friendly or welcoming then there is a decent chance someone who is allergic or hates or is afraid/has been attacked by a dog might be there... 

    i also visit a lot of nonfood places where you can walk around outside and i ask if it is ok that i bring my dog inside- like newburyport or portsmouth  and most of the time its ok.  at the same time i do not bring my dog errand shopping where there will be a more people and a greater chance of opposition to having my dog and where i know she will probably be stuck in the car

    people need to use reason and sensibility in consideration and not jump to emotionally charged and extremely polarized opinions... js  

    AngieLuciDaniels
    AngieLuciDaniels

    In California dogs are welcomed in a lot of places. Even bars and wineries. I always check first, but my furkid is well behaved, quiet, very house trained and usually even places that say "no dogs allowed" will let her in when they see her. (and no, she's not small. She's 50lbs of mutt). Glad to see this list though. 

    Sandy Anderson
    Sandy Anderson

    She's that Allergic to. Dogs, She would have a Hyperdermit needle. Filled with her life saving meds. Which would save her life. A bee sting will kill me if I didn't have this with me at all times. I know I'm a terrible speller, But making my point

    babstown
    babstown

    There are "service animals" and "companion animals".  Both are recognized by the ADA.  Both are afforded the same benefits in serving their owners.  They can go wherever their owners go... period.  People complaining about an animals "bad behavior".....

    cheesehead1319
    cheesehead1319

    @it3fergie  Become a hermit or get over it.  Dogs, dog lovers and companies who recognize that special bond are here to stay.


    jakester312
    jakester312

    @it3fergie So you have a dog but won't shop in stores that allow dogs because other people with allergies might be affected?  -makes no sense.  Why not write Home Depot and tell them to stop selling flowers because people with pollen allergies might suffer. Get over it!  

    havensaved
    havensaved

    @it3fergie  I am sorry but that is totally ridiculous. Who cares if one has their dog inside a Lowe's or Home Depot. What is the harm? As long as your dog is well behaved, I do not see a problem.

    NicoleMcIntyre
    NicoleMcIntyre

    PS- I know this used to be something they did but they've changed the rules up, it really is just that they will evaluate the dogs. If this actually happens to anyone PLEASE report it because you are being treated unfairly!!

    Lazleck
    Lazleck

    @JeanMcDermottGeronimo I'm sorry but I have a well trained pit bull and every trainer and vet and groomer he has ever encountered has told me that they have encountered more aggressive labs than pits in their careers. 

    TammieJoGarcia
    TammieJoGarcia

    @JeanMcDermottGeronimo

    Those statistics are probably very true, however I still believe it is how the owner trains the animal, just as any dog i have seen lil dogs bite the same, If they are not brought up to be well mannered and calm, then they won't be. As children the same way, they are either brought up with love and compassion and are gentle and caring or they are not. (this is why alot of kids mistreat animals) They are undisplined. Also if an animal is going from home to home to home and dealing with abandonment issues this is another reason. Kids that go through these issues as well act out (many Violently) Do you see them being euthanized, put in a sheltar, or being treated in humanely. No we don't cause the law doesn't allow it. But we need a better law for our pets, My pets are my family they are my kids, not just an animal. 

    NicoleMcIntyre
    NicoleMcIntyre

    Those stats are almost impossible to hold against any breed. And I'm just saying labs are often mixed with many breeds. When mixed with Pitts the dogs will still look like Pitts. And with people bringing all of this bad attention on them most people who get them and let them breed don't really pay attention to who they're breeding with. I work at Petsmart and I volunteer with multiple rescues and I can't tell you how many Pitts I've come across that are mixed with lab. And of course we have to refer to them as lab mixes because of people like you who spread these bull stats. AND even if this were an accurate statement, do you know why they bite? Maybe it's because of people treating them like dirt, throwing them to the streets and shelters. Why would they trust people? This is a dog that IS NOT predispositioned to be violent. Bet you didn't know that. They are not born wanting to bite anyone. They are born and are puppies, loving everyone who loves them and just wanting to play and learn and explore. And now they are born on streets or in shelters and right from the start they could be abused by people and become terrified. THIS STATEMENT IS TRUE FOR EVERY SINGLE BREED OF DOG. I could raise a pitbull to be violent just as easily as I could raise a chihuahua to be. Doesn't sound threatening does it? That's the only difference. A pitbull has a very scary tough jaw. A chihuahua does not. Therefore the untrained chihuahua that bites your ankles will annoy you but you're not going to report it. A pitbull can do more damage. That is literally the only difference. Not to mention I have no idea why you would throw Rottweilers and gsds in there. Seriously german shepherds? What wonderful proof that what I just said was true. Shepherds are also the most used for military service dogs and obviously cop dogs. There's a real stat for you. They're brilliant and loyal and often will save peoples lives. Here's another stat. Do you know what kind of dog is used most often as a therapy dog? It's a tie between labs and pitbulls. Imagine that!

    jglaudel
    jglaudel

    @JeanMcDermottGeronimo You also need to take in to consideration that people are more likely to REPORT bites by Pit BUlls, Rotts, German Sheps, etc...  Also, it would be important to study the demographics and locations of where these deaths by dog bites occur and the population of pits vs. labs, etc in these areas.  I dont know for sure but I will bet that these deaths occur more in the areas that have a highly concentrated population of pits and those dogs are treated badly, raised to be aggressive by people trying to project an image.  Pits, Rotts, etc are amazing dogs. I hate when people throw out stats to try and make these breeds look bad.

    camminics
    camminics

    @AshleyStevens   German Shepherds are responsible for the highest number of dog attacks out of all breeds of dog.  Additional studies show that they are more prone to attacking people than any other dog, and that bites from a German Shepherd cause the highest number of bites needing medical attention.

    JeanMcDermottGeronimo
    JeanMcDermottGeronimo

    @AshleyStevens I agree Ashley, pit bulls as a whole are unfairly targeted. However, bite rates are per population of breed of dog. Since the population of Labs is MUCH higher than pit bulls, it would appear that they have a higher bite rate. Percentage wise, Labs do NOT have a higher bite rates than Pit Bulls. Check out the data.

    mizznicole30
    mizznicole30

    Actually they don't bite more than other breeds. . Your more likely to get bit by smaller dog breeds as apposed to a pit. But you are more likely to have worse injuries from the bite of a pit than a small breed dog. That's why pits get a bad wrap. Their bites and attacks are more lethal than a small breed dog.

    toriC
    toriC

    personally i think its great that nonfood places are opening up to dogs... i think they need to be upfront and clear- many of these places i didnt know allowed dogs (they should post a sign or something) and also reserve the right to ask a dog to leave at any time for any reason- like being aggressive or out of control... again people need to be logical about this- i know an impossible concept in a world were we can sue dunkin donuts for not cautioning that their hot coffee might be hot or mcdonalds for making people fat...

    ChristinaBoling
    ChristinaBoling

    @babstown Service animals and their owners have public access.  Companion Animals/Emotional Support Animals do not.  

    AlexandraRomanov
    AlexandraRomanov

    @cheesehead1319 @it3fergie Service dogs are legally allowed to go where their humans go as long as safety is not an issue. They are allowed in all of these stores and many others. Sort of shoots the whole "What about people with allergies" whine in the foot....

    it3fergie
    it3fergie

    Does anyone here read before responding?? I have a dog and will take him to pet stores. I don't take him to non pet stores because people who go to home Depot don't go there expecting to see a dog. If I was allergic to pollen I wouldn't be in the part of the store that sells plants because I wouldn't put myself in that situation.

    You are all a bunch of idiots that thinks the world owes you something just because you were born. I love my pets and feel that they are part of my family but I don't force them down others throats because I live in society. .

    it3fergie
    it3fergie

    @havensaved Did you even read what I said? People have allergies....


    Put it this way I like to smoke but I agree that smoking in public spaces is not the best thing in world because not everyone should be subjected to it.


    You want to take your dog out in public that is fine...Petsmart, Petco, other pet stores, Parks that allow animals, etc. 

    BobbiJoJohnson
    BobbiJoJohnson

    I have 3 dogs. Two are terriors and the third is a lab (yellow and black)/ akita/ pit mix. Ironically my pit ect mix was instinctively gentle whith hands getting inside his mouth when playing where as the terriors had to be tought that they could hurt when they played too rough. So some of it is training and some is instinct. The fact that more people train large dogs to fight, protect, and attack is why there are more deaths caused by these breads. The thing I find funny is one of te highest biters (though probably not death caused by bites) isDalmations, and everybody loves those high strung

    JeanMcDermottGeronimo
    JeanMcDermottGeronimo

    @mizznicole30 A 2012 study showed in a 7 yr. period, pitbulls were responsible for 61% of bites causing deaths even though their breed makes up only 5% of the total dog population in the US.  They DO bite more and are responsible for more biting deaths than any other dog breed in the US!

    mountainwoman
    mountainwoman

    I am allergic to fiberglass insulation and drywall and going to the store where they sell it doesn't deter me. I also have a strong allergy to screaming children and clueless wannabe diy'ers roaming around the hardware section...

    ElizabethTaylor2
    ElizabethTaylor2

    @it3fergie We're all a bunch of idiots and think society owes us something? That's just lovely. You don't know any of us. I'm VERY glad you don't know me, because I'd never want to know such a closed-minded individual as yourself. God forbid we voice an opinion that is different from yours. You're a legend in your own little mind and you'd be adorable if you weren't so rude. 


    Dogs are allowed at certain stores, I suggest you either deal with it or stay away from those stores. If nothing else, service dogs have the legal right to be in stores and the law will always come out ahead of your little letter-writing campaign. You have NO RIGHT telling someone who relies on a dog in their everyday life that they can't use that dog for assistance because someone might be allergic to it. 


    Have you ever actually SEEN a dog in Home Depot? If not, then quit yer bitchin, lady! 

    AlexandraRomanov
    AlexandraRomanov

    @it3fergie Do you feel the same way about human brats? People are often taking them out in public and forcing them down other peoples throats. I don't want them around. I'd rather see a dog any day of the week than some snot-nosed kid.


    You DO realize that the dog hair is likely on you and your clothing? It could trigger an allergy attack as well....

    camminics
    camminics

    @it3fergie @havensaved  by your logic, a dog should never be allowed to leave the house because they may encounter someone with allergies, if someone is allergic to dogs they know to keep their distance , and you can't compare breathing in someone's cancer causing second hand smoke to walking past someone dog in a store.

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