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RELEASED ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1999 AT 8:00AM PST
Christmas Shopping With Your Dog: Etiquette Tips
PLACERVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 7, 1999--Tired of leaving your best friend
behind when you go holiday shopping? If he is a well-behaved pooch, you may not need
to leave him behind. While the majority of stores do not allow dogs, there is a growing
number of retail stores that allow your well-behaved pup to shop with you. To find
a store that welcomes canines, DogFriendly.com (http://www.dogfriendly.com)
offers an online list of dog-friendly stores. There you will find a variety of establishments
from small independent stores up to large department store chains. Another way to
find a pet-friendly place is to call local retail stores. Ask them if they allow
well-behaved dogs inside the store. If you have a large dog, do not forget to mention
her size. More stores are inclined to allow dogs that you can carry in your arms
rather than a big dog. However, many stores, including some major department stores
will allow a well-behaved
large dog like a German Shepherd to peruse the aisles with you. Once you find a dog-friendly
store, here are some etiquette tips that you and your pooch will need to know.
DogFriendly.com's Etiquette Tips
-- During the holiday season, plan on taking your dog when the store is not extremely
busy. The closer we get to Christmas, the more chaotic it can become in stores, especially
for your pup.
-- Before you enter the store, make sure your dog has relieved himself. There are
usually trees, bushes or grass in the parking lot. Always clean up after your dog.
Pet stores sell pooper scooper bags. You can also buy sandwich bags from your local
grocery store -- they work quite well and are cheap.
-- If you have not been to a particular store but you have called ahead to confirm
they are dog-friendly, still ask if dogs are allowed when you walk into the establishment.
-- Always keep your dog on a leash inside a dog-friendly store.
-- Once inside the store, have your pooch on a short leash and keep an eye on her.
That way you can be sure that your dog does not go to the bathroom, or accidentally
surprise another customer or dog.
-- If another dog is in the store, avoid socializing the dogs. No matter how well-behaved
your dog is, you want to avoid causing a disruption in the store. Barking or growling
can scare other people around you and the store may stop allowing dogs inside. If
you want to socialize your pup with the other dog, please go outside of the store.
-- Only bring a well-behaved dog into the store. Do not bring a dog into a store
if she is not comfortable around people or especially children. If your dog is not
comfortable around people, take her to an obedience class and ask the teacher to
give you tips and suggestions.
-- Before you set foot or paws into a dog-friendly store, take your dog to a local
pet store. If he does not go to the bathroom inside the pet store, then you are off
to a great start! This is because many dogs have had "accidents" in pet
stores, especially on the aisle corners. Your dog will be tempted to go when he smells
where the previous dog has pottied. We recommend a pet store because they are by
far the most forgiving.
-- Always offer to clean up after your dog if she goes to the bathroom in the store,
even in pet stores.
About DogFriendly.com, Inc.
Since its inception in June 1998, DogFriendly.com publishes a free online travel
guide for dog owners. Its motto is "Go Places With Your Dog" and is dedicated
to finding places that people and canines can enjoy together! Headquartered in Placerville,
California, it can be found on the Internet at http://www.dogfriendly.com.
Tara Kain, 408-271-9340