Dogs Welcome: Pet-Friendly Places to Take Your Dog This Winter

If you think winter means dogs must spend long, boring hours confined to the house, think again. The BarkHappy app makes the dog-friendly world one-touch accessible and features many short get-away places that will keep your dog stimulated and active. Use it this winter as a quick and convenient way to connect to a variety of retailers who will put out the welcome sign.

Pet Stores:  They may seem like a no-brainer, but pet stores are a great way to get your dog out and about and are a haven for all things dog. Stores such as Petco, PetSmart, Pet Goods, Bentleys, and smaller local shops, are all places where leashed dogs are welcome to roam the aisles and explore the enticing sights and smells.  Your dog will enjoy just being with you, but while you’re out shopping maybe spoil him with a new toy or treat to heighten the experience.

Lowes: If you are thinking of doing some house sprucing this winter, Lowes is one place where you and your dog can wander and shop together. The store’s wide concrete aisles provide plenty of room for leashed dogs to take in the sights and sounds that are stimulating and a good way to socialize. Or cruise the open spaces with your dog in a cart that makes shopping easy and fun.

Apple: Tech-savvy shoppers may not be aware that they can bring their dog along to Apple outings. Of course, dogs must be leashed and well-behaved at all times. Apple stores tend to get crowded on certain days, so plan a visit when there is less hustle and bustle for your dog to encounter.

The Container Store:  This store offers countless ways to organize every room and closet in your home this winter. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome. Shoppers will find a wide variety of pet food storage solutions and an endless array of containers.

Urban Outfitters: Take a break from the cold weather and visit this retail chain that offers apparel and home décor essentials.  You can take advantage of post-holiday discounts and sales while keeping your dog involved and by your side.

Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel:  While both retailers allow leashed dogs, due to the breakability factor, owners need to be extra vigilant. If your dog is unruly or has a large sweeping tail, choose a different store. Pottery Barn offers an assortment of items such as faux fur pet bed covers, pet food canisters, bowls and accessories

Nordstrom:  This up-scale retailer has an open door policy for four-legged shoppers. But keep in mind that smaller dogs that are easier to handle may be a better fit in a department store that attracts large crowds.

The BarkHappy app also features many smaller specialty stores that welcome dogs in 45 cities nationwide. Take advantage of its easily accessed information to shake off the winter doldrums with some retail therapy. Don’t forget to post photos of your dog on BarkHappy’s Facebook page or on Instagram using the BarkHappy hashtag to share your shopping adventures.