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I Can Take My Dog WHERE?

When was the last time you took your pet with you to the store? It depends on where you live mostly, some communities are just more pet friendly than others. But regardless of where you live there are businesses that welcome pets. Wouldn’t you spend more time going out if you knew you could take your dog with you? Smart businesses are jumping on the bandwagon and allowing pets in their doors because they know we love pets like family and we are more likely to patronize a business if we feel our entire families, pets included, are welcome.

Pet stores have long welcomed pets, and as a result pet gadgets, toys, and other premium products have become big business. 87% of people buy based on their values, while 76% of people will boycott a business based on values. When companies support causes that people care about, those people tend to feel more positive, trusting, and loyal.

While the way people think of their pets varies by generational cohort — Baby Boomers think of Fido as their best friend, while Millennials tend to think of Fido as a “fur baby” — pets are clearly a big part of our lives.

Special businesses are even opening up to cater to this trend. “Cat Cafes” have become a popular place for people to hang out with cats when they don’t get to have them at home, while some humane societies have jumped on the bandwagon of cat cafes as a way to help people find and adopt their next furry friend.

Even in the workplace we can all benefit from including pets. It’s well known that pets reduce stress and help us to live healthier lives, so why wouldn’t we want to keep an office cat or have a few people bring their dogs with them every day? As long as there are reasonable pet policies in place it can be a great way to promote a healthier work/life balance, increase productivity, and build stronger interpersonal relationships within the office.

Before you put the leash on Fifi and drag her out with you on your errands, take the time to figure out where she is and is not welcome and under what circumstances. In the office there will need to be pet free zones and your pet should be clean and healthy as well as well-behaved. This goes for other places such as retail establishments, as well. Most places that serve food won’t be able to allow pets inside because of health department regulations, but some of them will allow pets on a patio.

Always call ahead before taking your pet into any retail location, as rules and allowances will vary from place to place. Make sure your pet remains contained or on a leash at all times, because while you may find it just darling when you pup jumps on you to greet you, others may not find it so amusing. Are you ready to take Fido and Fifi on the adventure of a lifetime to run errands? They only want to be with you.