“Can I Bring My Dog?” The Most Dog-Friendly Stores Across America





Dog people are doing more and more to make their pets comfortable, from lining up a favorite pet sitter to making homemade treats. Bringing their dog along to the store is a natural extension of the dog-centric lifestyle. Shopping with a friend is more fun than shopping alone, period. But finding dog-friendly stores can be a challenge.


It can be hard to tell what a store’s dog policy is because it often varies by location. For example, is Target dog-friendly? Their mascot may be the beautiful bull terrier Bullseye, but they’re a staunch “service dog-only” environment (along with Sears, Staples, and others). However, dog-friendly stores are increasing in number.

Note: due to regulation, grocery stores aren’t dog-friendly and food-serving establishments typically don’t allow dogs indoors. If you want to dine out with your dog, look for a location with a patio. Many restaurants welcome dogs in their outdoor spaces. Consider the Starbucks dog policy. Though Starbucks doesn’t allow dogs inside stores, they welcome dogs outside—and even offer them a tasty “puppuccino” if you ask.


Now, let’s talk dog-friendly stores where you can shop together.


Before You Go Shopping with Your Dog