Do you live in a dog friendly area?

Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by Julee, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. milos_mommy

    milos_mommy Active Member

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    Without reading the whole thread: This.

    There aren't many dog parks, few parks allowing on-leash dogs, the beaches have gotten way more strict about dog access (and people access), and no stores generally allow dogs.

    But, in a couple of towns, there are a number of little pet boutiques, street fairs that allow dogs, we have strict animal abuse laws and lots of pro-rescue things, people take their pets very seriously for the most part...tons of veterinarians and such.

    New York City I would say is very dog friendly...BSL even per building is illegal, many large department stores and smaller non-food stores allow dogs, most parks have dog parks and non-dog parks allow dogs on leash or off leash after dark, and there are a lot of events around for dog owners.
     
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    I have to ask where? It says ohio.

    I live in the middle of nowhere so yeah. we have coyotes but so far no issue:eek:

    I don't like dog parks so don't want them. Take the dogs to the beach and to the dock when we go out on the boat. They can NOT go to the horse parks but thats good because I don't trust other peoples dogs.
     
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    Considering some of the people I have seen on the Max, I think I might prefer to run into a coyote. :rofl1:

    Des Moines isn't super dog friendly. There are the usual pet stores and dog parks ( though we actually do have a decent amount of dog parks, not that I use them) but other than that there are very few places that welcome dogs beyond a couple bars that are owned by the same set of people.
     
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    It's very hit or miss here, but still way better than where I lived in SC.

    Here dogs are allowed in some home improvement stores: Lowes on my side of town, Home Depot in a neighboring town. The local Tractor Supply also allows dogs, we have a few small independent businesses in a few shopping areas with pet boutique stores that allow dogs, and there's a giant dish/silverware plant that allows dogs but has breakables at tail level lol. Banks, the post office, and most other businesses don't allow pets, though.

    The restaurants downtown almost all allow dogs on the patios, but dogs aren't allowed at most street fairs or the Farmer's Market.

    There's no pet limit in the city limits, but there are leash laws everywhere. There are 2, soon to be 3, dog parks in our county, but one is teeny.

    Dog events are plentiful within a 3 hour drive.
     
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    Grace moved to Mexico a few years ago! That's how Amber rescued Cricket from Mexico....she was Grace's foster dog.
     
  6. Dizzy

    Dizzy Sit! Good dog.

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    Sort of. I live in a rural sheep farming and forestry area, so you can't let your dog off near the sheep or they're likely to be shot by the farmer....

    But anywhere else, dogs are allowed to run. The beach is dog friendly, but they can't go on the public bit in certain months of the year. Not an issue, as there is plenty of beach.

    Dogs can't go in shops in the uk, unless its a pet shop. You can sit outside restaurants but hardly any have outdoor seating as we have crap weather :D they can go in some pubs, but not all, so it's polite to ask.

    Generally you can walk off lead in most parks, just not in the kids play area.
     
  7. Shakou

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    Flagstaff is pretty dog friendly for the most part.
     
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    speedydogs Allons-y!

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    Kind of. There are a LOT of dog owners in the area, a very nice dog park, several training places/clubs, lots of dog sport people, lots of nice dog-friendly hiking areas. In the city itself though, there are virtually no places that allow dogs inside, and dogs aren't even technically allowed in the commons (although this rule is broken all the time).
     
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    Not really, the only place I can think of that lets you bring your dogs in is TSC and as far as I know there are no dog parks, never really looked into that honestly. I'm not sure if the parks are dog friendly or not.
     
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    And then she moved to Ohio a while back. ;)
     
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    I'm in a pretty dog friendly area. There are a few parks and hiking trails. BSL is non-existent too.
     
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    I would say that the Northern VA/DC/MD area is fairly pet friendly. We have Pet Expos and other pet events with massive turnouts, plenty of pet stores (big box and small mom & pop specialty types) and dog parks popping up everywhere, and during the summer there is always a few dogs waiting in line with their people to get ice cream cones or a dog or two on the patios of restaurants. The ice cream places usually offer doggie cones too. Many of the bookstores and little thrift shops have or have had shop cats at some point. I remember a little bookstore where I used to buy books when I went to GMU. They had a big counter that you walked up to, and you would tell them what used book you needed and they would run and get it. They usually had two or three dogs running around back there with them. I remember one was an older a black and white border collie. When I worked at Dollar General the store manager would allow pets in as long as they were kept in the cart. There was a lady who used to bring her little dog with her, and I remember a man who came in with an Iguana on his shoulder.

    I would say that, on the whole, people here like pets. :)
     
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    I don't really know. I mean, there are lots of dog friendly hiking trails, but the dogs must be on a leash. The dog parks are few & far between and have yearly fees. I did take Hudson into the feed store with me one day when we were picking up bird food and I saw someone sitting in the outside seat at McDonald's with their Standard Poodle this summer
     
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    And then she moved back to Ohio ;)
     
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    RD Are you dead yet?

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    I moved to Ohio a year ago. I live in a town called Ashtabula.
     
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    I live in a pretty dog friendly place. We have a downtown full of restaurants with outdoor patios, farmers markets, most downtown stores have water out for dogs and signs inviting them in, the bank encourages ppl to bring their dogs in, we often have dogs in the funeral home, we have a couple big dog parks.

    The only problem I'm really having is finding a good place to do sports. I have to drive 45 min to find anything.
     
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    The suburb where I live (and the ones I've worked in) is not dog friendly at all. It's a large metropolitan area (Twin Cities), so you have a large assortment of Petsmarts/Petcos, small pet food stores, boarding places, dog daycares, groomers, etc, specific dog parks, and you can bring your dog into all of those, obviously. But you can't bring them into many hardware stores, farm stores, etc. There aren't many restaurants with outdoor patios, and some have signs saying no dogs.

    I work in the heart of the city, however, and it is VERY dog friendly. There are lots of dog-related places (stores, bakeries, boutiques, daycares, groomers, boarding, training) all very close together. Most of the restaurants have sidewalk seating or roof seating, and I see dogs there all the time on warmer days. I've even seen dogs inside various coffee shops and boutique-clothing type stores. People walk EVERYWHERE, and they bring their dogs with them.

    All of the "city dogs" I have met (and you can definitely tell the difference between them and the dogs belonging to people that have driven into the area specifically to go to our store) are extremely well-behaved. Just very chill, content to hang out, like the whole thing is no big deal. It's a refreshing change.
     
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    I think the area I'm in is very...neutral. There are a public parks where dogs are allowed on leash. There are also some places where there is no real rule, but the unspoken rule is your dogs are off lead only if they are behaving. I've taken my dogs to outdoor patios at fast food restaurants (like DQ, or Igloo! ^^) and was never frowned upon, but it also wasn't desired, either. Apartments around here tend to allow all sizes of dogs, but ban certain breeds due to insurance. I've taken my dogs to farm stores (and pet stores) and they're welcome. *shrugs*
     

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