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With summer in full swing, patio days are a must for the whole family. But what do you do if you are out and about and you have your dog with you too? Many establishments today allow pups on the patio as long as you can follow some basic rules.
Only take your dog to locations you know are dog friendly
This may seem obvious but sometimes it’s hard to know where your pup is allowed to go. There is a great website called bringfido.com where you can check to see what restaurants in your area allow pets.
Here are a few metro restaurants that allow pets on the patio:
- Louie’s Grill & Bar
- Picasso Cafe
- Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
- HunnyBunny Biscuit Co
- Earls Rib Palace
- Iguana Mexican Grill
Check out bringfido.com for a full list
How do I get started?
Only take your dog if they are well socialized and good with other dogs and people
Only bring your pup with you to a restaurant or bar if they are friendly and have been well socialized. A restaurant definitely isn’t the place to just see how they will do. While you may think you can control your dog, you can’t guarantee their behavior or the behavior of other dogs/people they will come in contact with.
Keep them on a short leash
Obviously, at any restaurant your dog will need to remain on a leash at all times unless stated otherwise by the establishment. This is for their safety as well as everyone else’s. Never tie their leash to your chair or table. Keep a firm and short leash so they stay near you and don’t run the risk of tripping any other guests or staff.
Bring a water bowl
Most if not all dog friendly establishments would be happy to bring you a bowl of water for your dog. However, to be on the safe side it’s a great idea to bring one with you just in case. Get yourself a collapsible water bowl or portable water bottle to keep with you anytime you are taking your dog out.
Consider bringing a blanket or small bed
Having a comfy place to lay or sit will encourage your dog to relax and stay in one spot. Just make sure it is clean and out of the way for the staff and other guests.
Always carry a special training treat
Treats are always good incentives! Since your pup might be a bit sad when they can’t have your food, bring treats along with you. You can also utilize these as rewards for staying still or remaining calm. Hopefully, it will also help keep your dog from begging you or other folks for some of their food.
Last but certainly not least – make sure your pup uses the restroom before heading out to the patio to avoid any accidents. Restaurants and eating establishments need to maintain a clean environment.
We can’t wait to see what adventures you and your pup get into next. Be sure to tag us in any patio photos on our social media so we can join in on the fun!