Patio Etiquette: Dining Out With Your Dog

Summertime means barbecues, swimming in the pool, and enjoying the great outdoors.

You probably want to take advantage of the patio weather, and we know you want to take Fido to your favorite pooch-friendly restaurant too. However, some dogs need some help with their table manners. For the sake of the wait staff and other diners, make sure your furry friend can follow the rules.

Stay On Leash

Nearly every restaurant will require your pup to remain on leash while in the dog-friendly zone—typically a patio area. However, do not assume your dog is welcome anywhere. Always call ahead to make sure you can bring your dog and what the rules are. Some restaurants restrict pets to small dogs only while others are happy to accommodate your Great Dane. While eating, make sure to tie your leash to your chair—not the table—to keep your pup secure and avoid spilled drinks if Fido decides to pull.

No Begging

Hopefully your pooch knows better than to beg for food at your table at home, but this is especially important while dining out. If your pup has a tendency to whine or bark for food, you may need brush up on his training before you hit the town. Even if you think it’s cute when he sticks his nose in your lap for a crumb, the couple sitting next to you at your favorite café probably won’t be thrilled.

Just Relax

Some dogs are easily excited: by smells, sounds, people, or other dogs. This can be annoying and even dangerous when you take your pup out to eat. He could jump on your waiter, trip someone with his leash or cause other kinds of chaos. He could end up stressed and pacing the entire time, and that’s not fun for either of you. Make sure your pooch can lie down beside the table and relax while you enjoy your meal.

Stay Hydrated

Many pooch-friendly establishments will provide water for their four-legged patrons, but it’s always smart to bring your own collapsible water bowl and some treats. The summer can be scorching in some regions, and you don’t want your dog to get overheated. If it’s an especially hot day, choose a restaurant with some shade trees or umbrellas.

Where to Go

Some of the most dog-friendly cities in the United States include San Francisco, Las Vegas, Denver, Albuquerque, Chicago, Minneapolis, and New York City. If you’re not sure which restaurants will allow pets, check out this website for a great list of dog-friendly eateries across the world.

Meet the Author: Kacie Galloway

Kacie Galloway is a writer from Fort Worth, Texas where she lives with her mini goldendoodle, Shiloh. She is an avid dog lover and adventurer who loves exploring the world, reading and cuddling with her dog. She often writes about pet health and loves sharing people's—and their pets'—stories.

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