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Q: why Can't Dogs Go Into Shops and Restaurants in the U.S.

November 19, 2008 | By Lourdes M. | 28 answers | Expired: 2215 days ago

Lourdes M.

You can take your dog into most shops and restaurants in Europe. If they are well behaved I do not understand why dogs are "not allowed". Paradoxixcally -- they are sometimes allowed in fancier shops (Sydney is always welcomed at teh Coach Store by CMU in Pittsburgh).

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Dec 03, 2008

Perhaps there could be a restaurant where people with dogs could go to eat with their pets.
I agree with the person who mentioned restaurants where adults don't keep their children under control. I for one do not wish to eat with animals in public.
What is it with dog owners who think that their dogs are welcome everywhere?

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BuilderBob
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Nov 29, 2008

I think this is changing little by little in this country although the Board of Health is going to be reluctant to let them into dining establishments. Some places are setting up outdoor tables so at least in the nice weather you can take your pet to dinner.

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Lharo
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Nov 24, 2008

Health reasons are why they are not allowed. Animals shed and can carrying fleas, ect. Customer may be allergic by no fault of their own. Its also not fair to the animal who has to sit there ,possble hungry, smelling everyone elses meal.

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patrizia b.
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Nov 21, 2008

I honestly I don't think it's just germs related, especially because in some places cleanliness doesn't seem to be their priority;)! I think behaviour is the key, and it's just not fair because becuase of other people's carelessness, everybody has to pay!!:)) Think of how often you see pee on the floor at the petstore! they don't even bother cleaning it up!! Some people just don't care!

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Anonymous

Nov 21, 2008

I am not worried about the health consequences. What worries me is having to put up with owners that have no clue and their poorly (or untrained) dogs. Think about how some people seem OK with their children running rampant in a restaurant while patrons are trying to enjoy (maybe a childless) evening out.

Also: they do not spay and neuter dogs commonly in Europe and Oz. Doesn't mean we should follow that example, either.

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Natalia W.
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Nov 21, 2008

I also think that it is silly. I was recently in Europe this summer and there were dogs every where. We went to a nice little restaurant in Paris where there was a small spaniel smiling at us from the kitchen. It didn't bother me at all. I think that people are too paranoid about germs these days.

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Anonymous
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Nov 21, 2008

Becaue we need to be regulated, regulated, regulated! It makes me crazy. One mishap and people demand a law or a rule in the US. Takes the responsiblilty off the individual in my opinion.

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Elizabeth  M.
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Nov 21, 2008

Sadly the health department has regulations that prevent animals (other than service animals) from entering in food establishments. I believe that this is a result of our "sterile" culture.

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karla w.
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Nov 20, 2008

It is the heath department that stops pets.

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Kyle H.
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Nov 20, 2008

some people are too lazy to clean up after the dogs

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