Your dog can be a positive asset to your social life. You will naturally come into contact with other dog owners and immediately have something in common. That’s fine when your dogs can at least tolerate each other’s presence. It becomes more difficult if they can’t!
Dog ownership can have a negative effect on your social activities, if you let it, when it comes to visiting pubs, restaurants etc. and staying in hotels and guest houses. These venues can be difficult for dog owners who want their dogs to accompany them.
This site exists to help with this problem. It does so by publicising as many as possible of the establishments up and down the country where dogs are welcomed.
Catering and accommodation businesses may have several reasons for not accepting dogs. Legal constraints do play a part. They are not insurmountable if the management is willing to make the effort. However not all are. Let’s just take a look at the legalities. Dogs and other animals are never allowed in areas where food is prepared. Well, you probably wouldn’t want to take your pet into the kitchen anyway!
Food must be protected from contamination from any source including animals. is up to The proprietor must be able to demonstrate how that is being achieved. Where food is on display in a public area it may be protected by keeping it covered and out of the reach of dogs and children.
Proprietors who do wish to be able to welcome dogs onto the premises may choose to set aside a “dog free” area for customers who prefer that. In the same way, hotels may decide to have certain rooms available for guests with dogs and keep the rest for those without.
Apart from the legal requirements, proprietors need to keep their other customers happy. Many people just don’t want to eat in the company of other people’s dogs, even if they have dogs of their own! Banning dogs from the premises is an easy option for proprietors.
In the end a great deal comes down to the way the dogs behave. For example, Assistance dogs cannot be excluded from public areas but they don’t present a problem because they are invariably so well trained and well behaved that most other customers don’t even notice their presence.
There is a lesson there for all of us! Dogs which are well trained and well behaved are more likely to be welcomed than those that jump up on seats and at people and get into fights with other dogs.
This article was provided by freelance copywriter uk, Pete Hopper of Write For You.
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|Saturday, January 18. 2020|