Let’s face it; we don’t like going anywhere without our dogs – they’re the perfect sidekicks. Dogs are always up for an adventure, they let you to play whatever you want on the radio, and they don’t really care where you’re going as long as they’re with you. Dogs make amazing co-pilots whether you’re bopping around town or headed out on a weekend getaway.
When your trip takes you far from home and the weather is too hot or cold to leave your pup safely in the car, it can be frustrating to be turned away by stores with a strict pet policy. After all, braving the retail crowds is way more manageable when you’ve got your trusty canine companion in tow. Aren’t there any stores who are hip to the idea that our dogs are way more like people than animals? Actually, there are.
More and more stores are adopting policies that allow you to shop with your dog – and some may even offer Fido a treat at the checkout line. Here are 16 national retail stores that will welcome your pup with open arms on your next shopping trip.
1. Half Price Books
This used bookstore’s policy on four-legged friends is handled on a store-by-store basis: some locations welcome dogs, and others know their customers prefer to shop canine-free. For stores that do welcome pups, please keep your dog on a leash.
2. Abercrombie & Fitch
Sometimes you need your best friend’s opinion on whether those jeans look good or whether that top is flattering. Now, fashion-forward pet owners can bring their dogs into the store for just that reason.
There’s no need to shop for craft supplies alone! Michaels allows dogs to accompany their owners in stores as they browse the aisles for new DIY projects. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to paint a doggie dish for your pooch?
4. Hobby Lobby
Another craft store that welcomes pups is Hobby Lobby. This dog-friendly establishment won’t bat an eye when you walk in with your canine companion in tow.
When you’re in the mood to treat yourself to a new perfume, skincare regimen or lipstick, don’t hesitate to bring your dog into Sephora for a second opinion!
6. Tiffany & Co.
Diamonds are a dog’s best friend. That’s how the saying goes, right? Anyhow, Tiffany & Co. is happy to welcome your canine companion into their stores as you browse for something sparkly.
7. Bath & Body Works
Need a new body fragrance? Bath & Body Works is a dog-friendly store that will shower your pooch with affection as you try to decide between “Beach Cabana” and “Coconut Lime Breeze.”
9. Barnes and Noble
Browse the paperbacks with your pooch at Barnes and Noble, where pet owners are invited to shop with their canine friends. You may be inspired to pick up one of our suggested books all dog lovers must read!
10. Home Depot
When it’s time to start your next home improvement project, head to Home Depot where your dog can help you pick out a new backsplash or window treatment. Who knew Fido had such strong opinions on home décor?
Here are a few additional stores that are dog friendly:
Ann Taylor Loft
Bass Pro Shops
Sak’s Fifth Avenue
The Apple Store
Tractor Supply Co.
No matter what you’re shopping for, you can probably find it at one of the stores listed above. Though, we suggest calling ahead to confirm. Individual store policies may differ, and the last thing you want is to be stuck without a place for your pooch. After all, it doesn’t take long for your car to heat up in summer or get chilly during winter. To find out when it’s safe to have your dog wait in the car, read our post on “Is there a Safe Temperature to Leave a Dog in a Car?”