7 Tips for Taking Your Dog to a Dog Friendly Restaurant

There’s no denying that drinking a pint at a local pub is a British custom that’s here to stay. The only thing better than this pastime is doing it with our four-legged companions by our sides. After all, they’re family, so why wouldn’t we pick up their lead and bring them along?

There’s a lot to think about, from getting your pooch ready to knowing what to bring – but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are our top tips for taking your four-legged friend to the pub…

  1. Should I take my dog to the pub?

According to a recent RSPCA survey, more than one in every five dogs is left alone for more than four hours a day, which is longer than the suggested period for pups to be unattended. Dogs, like humans, are inherently sociable animals that require stimulation and exercise (as well as their fair share of fuss!). Taking our dogs with us when we go out for a pint may be the ideal chance to spend that valuable time with our animal friends.

  1. Check before you go!

While many pubs accept dogs, never assume a pub is dog-friendly — if in doubt, give them a call or check their website and social pages before you visit. Lovejoys at The George welcomes your furry friends, with a dedicated pet-friendly area should you wish to bring them. Remember to think about if the pub is a good location for your dog as well – if they’re anxious around other dogs and/or people, being surrounded by pub patrons and doggies might be stressful.

  1. Make sure you’ve done some basic training

Your dog must have a basic level of training that you’re confident in – recall, sit, and “drop it” for example – and, of course, is toilet trained. The more familiar they are with these commands, the more likely they are to translate into the wider world, such as a pub where there is a lot more to distract them. 

  1. Avoid too much too soon

It’s important to take things slowly while introducing a new setting, since too much too soon can be overwhelming. Instead, begin by going to a quiet pub for a brief length of time before gradually increasing your exposure. Remember, if your dog appears anxious, quietly remove them from the situation to avoid them developing a long-term fear.

Take some treats with you to the pub while socialising your dog (but don’t overdo it!) so they may snack on something delicious while they’re there and encourage good behaviour. This will help them form positive memories of the pub, increasing the likelihood that they will be happy to return in the future.

  1. Know when your dog is ready to head home

We all know that the pub can be a noisy place, so it’s natural if your dog becomes nervous. Paying attention to their body language might help you recognise when your dog is signalling that it’s time to go home. Holding their ears back, tucking their tail beneath them, licking their lips, yawning, and hiding are all indications that your dog is unhappy.

  1. Avoid the temptation of pub grub

The delicious aromas of pub food may tempt your cheeky pooch to be on the lookout for snacks. This can be unsafe for your dog, so be prepared with your own treats and fresh water, and then they shouldn’t eat or drink anything that could harm them.

  1. Remember your doggy essentials

So, you’ve decided to invite your four-legged friend to the pub, but what should you bring?

Here’s our list of doggy pub essentials:

  • Lead: Make sure the lead is long enough for your dog to lay down comfortably, even if it is tied to the table.
  • Water bottle and bowl for travel: Communal dog water dishes can cause complications that can make your dog unwell, so bring your own!
  • Toys and treats: A toy, treat, or puzzle will keep them occupied while you eat.
  • Something to sleep on: Having something familiar to lie on might help your dog relax in their new surroundings.
  • Time for a trip to the bathroom: Unlike us, your dog will not have a designated area to relieve himself, so take them before you settle down – especially if you’re indoors. Don’t forget the poo bags!

Making sure you have everything you need will ensure that you, your dog, and other pubgoers have an enjoyable visit. 

To conclude…

Taking your dog to the pub should be a fun experience for both of you, as long as you do your research and arrive prepared! Book a table at Lovejoys at The George today.

Have you ever gone to the pub with your dog? Do you have any tips to share? Let us know your experiences in the comments section below to help other dog owners to have a pooch-perfect pub experience!