Because more retail stores are becoming dog-friendly these days, I’m sharing some tips and suggestions for taking your dog shopping: the when, where & “wear.”
Not everyone has a desire to take his or her dog shopping, but I’ve been doing it for years. My golden doodle Cam has been going shopping with me since he was a puppy, and he turns 4 in November. He loves it; I love it; most of the people we encounter love it too.
I take Cam shopping because he and I are both “people persons.” He loves meeting people, as do I. I’ve made more new friends through Cam than I can count. Dogs bring people together in a way that few other things can.
When to Take Your Dog Shopping
As with most things in life, timing is everything. I have 2 tips on when it is best to take a dog shopping. First, take your dog shopping when you have time to engage with others. When you carry a pet shopping, it suggests that you are friendly. I always take Cam when I know I can make time for conversation.
Second, take your dog on non-frenzied shopping days. Black Friday or Christmas Eve might not be the best times for a dog shopping trip. When emotions are high and shoppers are anxious, dogs may not be the best idea.
Where to Take Your Dog Shopping
Look for dog friendly stores. These are plentiful in Birmingham. I wrote this post about dog-friendly stores at The Summit, one of the most dog-friendly places you’ll find.
Some stores are “unofficially” dog friendly. You won’t see it in writing, but the employees will let you know. Two of these places in Birmingham are Hobby Lobby and Best Buy. My Best Buy actually has a Dogs of Best Buy instagram (which of course has Cam’s pic from some of his visits:-).
Dogs are typically not allowed inside restaurants but are almost always welcome outside. Grocery stores and food service outlets only allow service dogs in most cases.
The “Wear” of Taking Your Dog Shopping
I always make sure my Cam has something to wear when he goes shopping with me. He also gets a beard bath, a spritz of papaya coat freshener, and a few spritzes of oral enzyme spray. I want him to look clean and kempt when he is mingling with shoppers. If he is dirty or disheveled, I don’t take him.
As for what dogs can wear when shopping, I think less is more. A simple bandana, shirt, or sweater (when it is cold) is all that Cam wears when we go to retail stores.
For outings such as sporting events or occasions, costumes can be great ways of engaging with others and having fun. Some of our bandana looks are below, followed by links online to Cam’s striped shirt and some other pieces he owns.
I hope this post has inspired (or at least entertained) you on this Friday. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!