I have always taken my dogs for fun adventures to the pet store to do their shopping and when they were young puppies or rescues that were new to me, to do some training. It is one place that usually welcome leashed and well-behaved dogs.
As the world evolves and changes I have found there are many more places that are accepting of leashed, well-behaved dogs. While I don’t believe our dogs need to be with us 24/7 I do think it’s great that I can find a hotel that will allow me to travel with my dogs, patios where I can enjoy a meal and drink with my dog and other establishments that are welcoming of our dogs. The GO train system has recently launched a pilot project where they are allowing dogs on the trains with certain restrictions. My dogs are a huge part of my life, they are family members and I often have them with me whether for work, taking them to training/classes/shows/the vet, whatever the case may be. Many businesses have joined the trend of allowing dogs in their businesses so owners don’t have to leave them in a hot vehicle in the summer. Again, I don’t think our dogs need to be with us all the time, however, if I’m out with them and need to stop off to run a quick errand or pick something up it’s good to know I can bring them into the store.
Utah, Party, Spy and Traffic pose in the sunflower field at Davis Family Farm. We were warmly welcomed by the folks at the farm to visit and take pictures.
Jake and Scout on the patio at the Villa Caledon Inn where they were served their own beverage….water, of course!
Post edited to clarify BEFORE taking your dogs with you anywhere you should call ahead and confirm they are allowed and what, if any, the restrictions are. For example, some hotels only allow dogs under a certain weight, the GO train only allows dogs on the trains between certain times. If you CANNOT take your dog with you please make the appropriate arrangements so you are not leaving them in a hot vehicle or get upset when you are turned away from the establishment. If your dogs do accompany you be sure they are well-behaved and not disturbing other guests or patrons of the establishment and not being a nuisance. And whatever you do please DO NOT follow the unfortunate but recent growing trend of putting a fake service dog vest on your dog just so you can take your dog with you. Service dogs perform extremely important tasks for their owners/handlers and if their right is ruined by others putting fake vests on badly-behaved, non-trained dogs it would be a big detriment to their safety and lifestyle.