WATCH NOW: Big Retail Chains You Didn't Know Were Dog Friendly
A little retail therapy is never a bad thing, especially when you can bring your dog.
We sleep with our dogs, we eat meals with our dogs, we relax with our dogs, so why don't we shop with our dogs? Probably because we assume that if the store doesn't have the word "pet" somewhere in its name, our furry friends aren't welcome. It may not be openly advertised, but there are several big retail chains out there that empathize with a dog owner's desire to take their pooch absolutely everywhere.
The next time you plan a shopping trip to any of these big retail chains, grab your dog and bring them along!
Dog-Friendly Stores for Your Shopping Buddy
1. Home Depot
The wide aisles and concrete floors make Home Depot a great opportunity for your canine to get out and see the world that is commercialized home improvement.
Many Home Depot locations allow both small and large dogs to wander the aisles and admire their extensive inventory--as long as they're accompanied by their human companions, of course. Lots of other hardware stores are accommodating as well, like Harbor Freight Tools and Lowe's.
2. Apple Store
Did you know that the tech giant retail stores allow four-legged friends? While you're perusing the new Apple Watch or deciding which new iPhone Fido needs (don't you wish they could text you?), your dog can be right at your side at this pet-friendly store.
And the Apple technicians at the Genius bar LOVE dogs, which we know from personal experience!
3. Barnes and Noble
Your pooch may not know how to read, but he'll love perusing the shelves at this popular book store. What could be better than having a good book in one hand and your best friend in the other?
The Barnes and Noble Café has separate rules, however, so check with a manager before you head over for a refreshment break.
4. Bass Pro Shops
The fact that you can bring dogs of all sizes into most Bass Pro Shops is no fish tale! The people that run Bass Pro Shops are major dog lovers.
They even host an annual Dog Day event that encourages customers to shop with their dogs. During the event, they put all their dog supplies on sale. Your pooch can stock up on all of life's essentials without going over budget.
Your dog deserves some major retail therapy, and lucky for him, most Macy's locations welcome dogs through their automatic doors with open arms.
Macy's has always been known for supporting local SPCAs, and this department store's dog appreciation doesn't end at monetary donations.
6. LUSH Cosmetics
Lush is one of the few cosmetic companies that refuse to test products on animals, and they extend an open-door policy to the same animals they're protecting.
Eyeliner, mascara, and foundation have no business being on your dog's face, but that doesn't mean he can't help you pick out the perfect palette!
7. Pottery Barn
To avoid your dog behaving like, well, a dog in a pottery shop, it's best to make sure he has passed the Good Citizen test before inviting him along to shop at Pottery Barn.
But if your pooch is content to walk safely by your side, call the location nearest you to see if he can come along to that specific store.
8. Hobby Lobby
Hanging out with your dog counts as a hobby, and Hobby Lobby is the perfect place for both you and your pooch.
Hobby Lobby offers everything you could possibly need for all of your crafting projects, and their yes-to-pets policy means your dog gets to join in on the fun.
Both you and your pup can dress for less when you shop at Ross. This store offers everything from discounted clothes to quirky kitchen gadgets, and they even have a well-stocked pet supply aisle.
Contact your local store for specific animal size restrictions, some only allow small dogs.
10. Foot Locker
Both two-legged and four-legged patrons are welcome in this popular athletic shoe store.
As many Foot Lockers are located inside malls, be sure to check the mall's pet policy before you and Fido start strolling down the promenade.
11. Tractor Supply Co.
Tractor Supply is your lawn, garden, and farm animal super center, and they encourage mammals of all kinds to check out what they have to offer.
They stock dog food, houses, toys, and everything else your dog needs to stay happy.
Out for a day of retail glory in search of the perfect addition to your closet? Don't forget to bring your pup to Nordstrom! Who knows? Maybe the doggie sweaters will be on sale...
13. Old Navy
Old Navy stores are famously spacious, making it a perfect and relaxing day out if you dog needs to check out a few graphic tees for her upcoming day at the park.
With over 200 stores worldwide, Anthropologie is a staple of women's fashion. Any pup stepping their paws into these retail stores knows a thing or two about style!
15. Bath & Body Works
You're not the only one that gets to enjoy the magical mix of aromas that is a Bath and Body Works store. Let your small-enough-to-hold pooch use his powerful sniffer to help you pick out the perfect perfume.
Well-behaved dogs are also allowed in Bloomingdale, TJ Maxx, Abercrombie, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Half Price Books, Michaels, basically all pet stores, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, Free People, and even Saks Fifth Avenue in New York! Individual locations always vary in their rules so it is always a good idea to give them a quick call to make sure your dog is allowed to shop with you. If your dog is a certified service dog, they are allowed anywhere you go.
Shopping with your dog is a great way to introduce him to new places and socialize him with new people. Always keep him on a leash, and be prepared for random people to come up to you and coo over how cute your shopping partner is.
Each store location is a breed of its own, so it's always a good idea to call ahead to ensure your furry friend won't be turned away at the door.
If you are concerned about socializing your puppy and prefer a low traffic time at one of these retailers for training opportunities, (after calling to make sure they're pet-friendly) stop by without your pup for a visit! Watch how friendly dogs on leash are treated by the staff and other customers. Dog-friendly stores that allow dogs like Petco or Petsmart may be a great retailer to start with since they will have treats at the register!
This post was originally published on March 28, 2019. It's been updated as our readers suggest more pet-friendly stores!