Dining Etiquette in Dog Friendly Restaurants

You aren’t the only one who wants to go out to eat! Your four-legged friend would probably enjoy the opportunity to hit the town and get a bite to eat, too. Dog-friendly restaurants are places of business that will welcome you and your pup for a delicious meal. Thankfully, it is now more common to have dogs in restaurants, so everyone can enjoy a day out!

Types of Restaurants that are Dog Friendly

Health codes determine the parameters for serving guests with dogs. Generally, cafes and bistros cannot have animals present in an interior dining room due to health codes. Therefore, dog-friendly restaurants will have special outdoor seating areas with tables for furry friends. Places to eat can be casual or formal but realize that dog customers’ seating may depend on the weather and the season. If temperatures or the weather make it impossible to sit in an outdoor seating area, you and your pup may have to visit at another time.

Good Etiquette Rules

Make sure to follow basic etiquette while visiting dog-friendly restaurants. Take care of your pooch to also mind his manners while you’re there, so that you don’t bother other customers.

* Before eating out with your pooch, make sure that he or she can behave around strangers, crowds, and children. Your animal should feel comfortable around people and not act nervous or skittish.

* Call the place of business before visiting with your dog to ensure that animals are welcome at outdoor seating areas. Ask about any special treats or services provided for dogs, so you know what to expect.

* Keep your dog on a leash to maintain complete control at all times. Tie the leash to your chair leg to secure the dog. Never tie the leash to a table because this could lead to a toppled table if the dog is strong and large enough to pull it over.

* Do not allow your dog to interfere with restaurant staff or other patrons. For best results, the animal should sit under your table near your feet. Never let the dog sit on a chair or the table, regardless of its size.

* Bring disposable food and water dishes for your pooch to use while at the bistro. It’s unlawful for businesses to allow animals to eat or drink from standard dishes due to health codes. This means you cannot place your plate on the floor to share your dinner with your animal.

* Take care of your dog’s bathroom needs before visiting the eating area to ensure that unexpected accidents do not occur.

* If your canine is restless or noisy, cut your meal short and leave at once to avoid disturbing other diners.

* Tip your waitperson generously for his or her patience with you and your furry friend.

If you cannot find an eatery that will allow you to dine with your dog, the other option is to buy take out dinner from an establishment or to use a drive-up window. Once you have your food, you and your four-legged friend can dine together in a local park where your dog will be free to run and play while you nosh. Have fun!


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