20 Dog Friendly Stores In The United States
Shopping is an important part of life in the 21st century. As a pup parent, it's no wonder you want your dog to accompany you during the trip.
While most retail stores in the US that sell groceries don't allow pets, there are plenty of pet-friendly stores where your dogs can hang out without disturbance. Today, we've put up 20 such dog-friendly retail stores in the United States.
Customer Rating: 3.54/5 (653 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US]: 1,515
PetSmart allowing dogs is not a surprise as it is a superstore focused on selling pet products. There, you can buy anything from pet foods and grooming items to boarding accessories.
The store also provides several pet-based services like grooming sessions, veterinary care, training classes, and more. However, the dogs should be properly leashed, vaccinated, trained and well-behaved.
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Customer Rating: 3.23/5 (322 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US]: 1,420
Petco, a designated pet store, allows its customers to bring in their canine companions. A direct competitor of PetSmart, Petco offers most products and services necessary for your dog at a reasonable price.
Petco's official policy is to welcome dogs and other domesticated animals as long as they are vaccinated and leashed. They should also be potty-trained and able to understand basic voice commands. However, Petco stores with grooming stations and veterinary services might allow dogs only in their designated areas.
Customer Rating: 3.38/5 (728 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US]: 368
Nordstrom welcomes dogs with open arms even though the store sells limited dog products. In addition to being a fashion retailer of products related to clothing, shoes, and other accessories, the department store chain also offers products like dog harnesses, treat jars, toys, and beds, among others.
Like the previous entries on this list, Nordstrom also has the policy of allowing dogs as long as they are leashed and well-behaved. On the other hand, service dogs can remain unharnessed or unharnessed if the lease prevents the dog from providing assistance to its owner.
4. Bass Pro Shops
Customer Rating: 2.5/5 (198 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US & Canada]: 95
Bass Pro Shops allows dogs in all of its stores unless prohibited by federal or state laws. While not common, some of the retailer branches also sell dog products like dog food, toys, and treats. Meanwhile, its primary products are fishing gear, hunting equipment, and accessories for outdoor sports & boating.
The company also regularly organizes pet-friendly programs. However, the dogs attending these events or the stores should be vaccinated and properly licensed. Also, the pet companions should be well-behaved and non-aggressive towards the staff and other customers. Bass Pro Shops's policy clearly states that any unruly dog will be asked to leave.
5. Lush USA
Customer Rating: 4.35/5 (213 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US]: 206
Lush USA offers a dog-friendly environment at all of its stores in the US. The cosmetics company is also widely praised for its stand against animal testing.
Like its other retail counterparts, Lush welcomes leashed and vaccinated dogs inside its premises. According to customers' comments, employees working at Lush are extremely pet-friendly. But, dog owners need to be careful inside the store as their canine friends could destroy items on display. Owners shall be liable for any damages caused by a dog.
6. Harbor Freight Tools
Customer Rating: 1.6/5 (233 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US]: 1,400+
Tools and equipment retail giant Harbor Freight Tools allows dogs inside its stores but there are a few conditions. The canine companions should be on a leash, less or equal to six feet, or carried. Similarly, retractable leases are also not allowed as those possess a risk of tripping.
Harbor Freight Tools primarily focuses on selling household tools and equipment related to air compressors, plumbing, building & construction, hardware, and engines, among others. Additionally, the store also sells limited pet accessories like dog leashes, collars, and more.
Customer Rating: 3.71/5 (369 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US}: 412
Clothing retailer Gap Inc. official policy relating to the entry of canines states that well-behaved dogs are happily welcomed inside its stores. Meanwhile, the dogs should be wearing a standard flat leash and not a retractable one. Alternatively, owners can also carry their dogs around the store but the idea might not be suitable for large dogs.
If you have any doubt about the policy of your local Gap store, be sure to give them a call before taking your pet shopping. Gap also offers custom-designed clothes for your furry friends and other pets at a reasonable price.
Customer Rating: 3.3/5 (1024 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US & Canada]: 171
Cabela's is a holding company of Bass Pro Shops that primarily sells accessories related to hunting, fishing, shooting, camping, and boating. Like its parent company, Cabela's is extremely dog-friendly. The retailer also has a similar policy to Bass Pro where dogs are happily welcomed unless explicitly banned by state or federal laws.
Cabela's also offers dog products like electronic collars, kennels, training dummies, treats, and chew toys. Additionally, the company sells electronic fencing systems to keep your pet safe and prevent it from running away.
Customer Rating: 1.5/5 (175 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US]: 428
Retail giant Orvis is known for high-quality pet products; the company offers accessories like dog toys, crates, clothes, beds, collars, and treats. As pet products constitute a significant proportion of the company's revenue, dogs are welcomed with open arms at its stores. Moreover, the retailer also sells fly-fishing and hunting equipment.
Orvis' headquarters in Manchester, Vermont also has an attractive outdoor space where the canines and their owners can casually hang out. Besides, the employees there are also pet-friendly.
10. Ross Dress For Less
Customer Rating: 3.62/5 (241 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US]: 1,722
Ross Dress For Less is a discount store with headquarters in Dublin, California. The company operates over 1700 dog-friendly stores in the US. Ross Store, however, has strict policies when it comes to poorly-behaved dogs.
The company welcomes well-behaved dogs that are on a leash not longer than six feet. Similarly, pet parents are expected to clean up after their canine pals. Ross Store also sells quality accessories for your dog like toys, snacks, and mats.
11. Victoria's Secret
Customer Rating: 3.5/5 (931 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US]: 807
Victoria's Secret operates over 800 dog-friendly stores in the US. While service and emotional support dogs are allowed without any restrictions, common household pets and their owners will have to follow certain rules.
For instance, the dog should be potty-trained, leashed, and friendly to enter the store. In case of any accidents, the owner will have to clean up or provide financial compensation. However, as Victoria's Secret stores tend to be pretty crowded, it's best to leave your pet at home if it gets easily agitated by strangers.
Customer Rating: 2.09/5 (208 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US]: 1,168
Specialty retailer Michaels has a pet-friendly policy when it comes to dogs, cats, and other non-venomous domestic pets. However, the local store manager has the final say on whether or not to allow a dog inside the store.
As long as the dogs are leashed and friendly, there will be no problem in allowing your dogs to enter the premises. The company also sells various dog products like dog toys, bowls, beds, leash, and more.
Customer Rating: 2.17/5 (121 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US & Canada]: 60+
Everlane made a revolution in the clothing industry through their ethical practices. The company has vowed to provide fair wages to its workers, contribute to remedying climate change, and discourage the practice of using animal fur.
The clothing retailer has a pet-friendly policy where four-legged companions like dogs and cats are happily welcomed. Not just that, the company also regularly features its pet guests on its official Instagram page. Everlane, however, demands that its pet clients be on a leash not exceeding six feet and well-behaved. If your dog is acting poorly, you could be asked to leave it in the car.
14. Restoration Hardware
Customer Rating: 3.5/5 (452 Reviews)
No. of Stores (US): 101
Restoration Hardware doesn't have an official policy when it comes to dogs. However, in most stores, there is no ban on bringing our canine pals inside the premises. Dogs are free to join their human owners but shouldn't be left unaccompanied. Likewise, they should remain on their leases at all times.
Meanwhile, service dogs can be left unleashed if the leash prevents the dog from providing assistance to its owner. Also, you will be billed for any damages caused by your furry friend.
15. Tractor Supply Co
Customer Rating: 2/5 [95 Reviews]
No. of Stores [US]: 2,190
Tractor Supply Company is a retail chain that primarily offers products and services related to home improvement, lawn, gardening, farming, and pet care. Dogs are welcome to enter the store premises as long as they are not a nuisance to employees and other customers.
The management expects your dog to be on a leash or carried around in a carrier. Additionally, dogs aren't the only animals allowed inside the store. There was even a case back in 2019 when a customer brought a calf to shop at Tractor Co.
Customer Rating: 3.3/5 [2028 Reviews]
No. of Stores [US]: 272
Apple is a multinational company best known for its highest-sold product, the iPhone. The tech enterprise is open about its pet-friendly environment. Besides dogs, stores also allow other domestic pets like cats, parrots, rabbits, guinea pigs, and non-venomous reptiles.
However, the company requires dogs on a leash; they shouldn't cause disturbance to other customers. Also, any breakage or damage caused by a dog shall be incurred by its parent.
17. LL Bean
Customer Rating: 3.09/5 (556 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US]: 54
LL Bean is a retail company primarily involved in selling clothing and equipment required for outdoor decoration. The company allows well-trained and socialized dogs to accompany their owners.
Even if your dog is not very friendly around strangers, many of LL Bean stores have outdoor space where the canines can be held when their owners are shopping. Likewise, the company's inventory also includes several high-quality dog accessories like mats, blankets, couches, and more.
18. Old Navy
Customer Rating: 3.2/5 (720 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US]: 1,138
Old Navy allows dogs in most of its 1,138 stores in the US. However, the clothing retailer doesn't have an official policy about whether or not it allows dogs to enter the premises.
Meanwhile, local store managers have the authority to make the decisions regarding. But, according to other customers, bringing a pet into the store shouldn't be a problem as long as they are leashed and non-aggressive. The company must protect other customers inside its premises; so, you could asked to leave if your pet shows aggressive behavior towards other people or their pets.
19. Hobby Lobby
Customer Rating: 2/5 (182 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US]: 1,001
Hobby Lobby is a 51-year-old retail giant with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The company primarily sells products related to home storage. dollhouses, modeling, dollmaking, leather craft, and more.
Like the earlier entry, Hobby Lobby doesn't have a clear policy regarding dogs and other pets. Most stores welcome your beloved animal companion, the discretion falls on the hands of the local store manager. So, it's best to call beforehand about the policy of your local Hobby Lobby store.
Customer Rating: 2.6/5 (1343 Reviews)
No. of Stores [US]: 505
Macy's is an American department store company headquartered in New York. The company sells men's and women's apparel, kid's clothes, and other home accessories.
Macy's has a policy of allowing well-socialized and leashed dogs. Some stores even provide waste disposals and bag stations for the convenience of your pet. However, the policy mostly depends on the rules of the mall where the store is located. Macy's has regularly collaborated with animal welfare organizations in the past. The company even provided window space to SPCA for the Barkfast and Petacular events in San Francisco.
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