Dining out with your dog can be a fun experience for everyone when it goes right, but it can be a nightmare when it goes wrong. Follow these simple tips to make sure you and your pup have a fun and relaxing night out.
Always call ahead to make sure a restaurant is dog-friendly and inquire about its policies before you venture out. For more popular spots, reservations are a good idea, so you and your pup aren’t stuck waiting outside for a table to become available.
Think About Whether Your Dog Is Really Ready
Only bring dogs that are comfortable with strangers, children and other dogs. Don’t use restaurants as a training or socialization location, because you may be too distracted by your meal to focus on your dog.
Tired Dogs Are Good Dogs
Take your dog on a long walk, play a game of fetch or visit the dog park before you visit a restaurant. A tired dog is more likely to rest peacefully by your table.
Have a Bathroom Break Beforehand
Try to make sure your dog poops before entering the restaurant. If your dog becomes restless during your meal, walk him outside for a few minutes so he doesn’t have an accident on the patio.
If you’ve never taken your dog to a restaurant before, a large meal on a busy patio may be too much. Start at a coffee shop or other casual restaurant as a test run, then work your way up to more crowded places and longer meals.
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