Did you know that according to a recent RSPCA survey, it was reported that more than one in five dogs are left alone for more than four hours a day?
Dogs are naturally social animals so with the weekend around the corner, you may be thinking of heading to your local for a pint, so why not take your dog with you!
What do you need to think about beforehand?
Think about it from your dogs’ point of view. Most dogs would love to visit the pub with their owner, they will get to spend time with you and meet other people and dogs but some are not so confident around other people, dogs or even places that are potentially quite noisy.
Will your dog be a good pub guest? Have they had their walk beforehand so they aren’t as energetic as they may be otherwise? Is your dog house trained? Can you keep your dog under control?
Is the pub dog friendly?
You might be reading this and thinking, of course! But have you checked…..
Is there clear signage to say the pub is dog friendly?
Are there water bowls available?
Are you made to feel welcome with your dog?
Are there any ‘rules’ you need to know about? Are there certain areas you are allowed to go in the pub with your dog?
Does the publican mind you walking in with muddy boots and paws?
You may not have thought about looking to see whether your local is dog friendly and we can help. We have pubs all across the country on our site that are listed as dog friendly. Search our site here to find a dog friendly pub near you.
Are you prepared?
Don’t forget to take these with you:
Your dog lead and collar – it’s likely that you will need to have your dog on a lead when you are at the pub. Your dog needs to be wearing a collar with a tag, it’s a legal requirement!
Don’t forget your poo bags
Your dogs favourite treats – some pubs provide treats but if they have certain allergies it’s best to take your own treats
A water bowl – do you know if your pub provides water for your dog? If not you may want to take a travel bowl with you
Their most loved toy – take something with you that will keep them entertained.
If your dog is happy and quiet then you and the other visitors of the pub will have an enjoyable experience whilst you are there!
Is your dog having a good time?
The RSPCA have a guide to understanding your dog’s behaviour. A happy dog is easy to spot but do you know when your dog is feeling anxious or worried? The signs to look for are:
Avoiding eye contact/turning their head away
Ears are back
Licking their lips
Sitting with their head lowered/ears are back
Tail tucked away