Dog Dining Etiquette! Whoever heard of such a thing?
Trust me, it’s essential if you’re planning to take your dog out to public restaurants during the summer months…
But take it from me – your dog has to be ready for primetime. #lawdhavemercy
I remember the first time I took Jaxson to a public restaurant. #doodlenightmare…
He was like a four legged Dennis the Menace. One time it was so bad we were forced to cut our meal short.
My demon Doodle was all over the place, knocked the water bowl over, peed under the table, barked for attention….
Our four legged Ambassador of “greetings and salutations” was ALL over the patrons – even those who didn’t want to be bothered. #neverwentback
For Doodle Dad and I – weekends are for running errands, experiencing Charleston’s natural beauty, and discovering all that she has to offer, especially when it’s time for a meal.
We live in such a hospitable, pet friendly city, having Harley & Jaxson with us never cramps our style.
There are 90 pet friendly restaurants in Charleston SC. that welcome dogs to their outdoor tables! Here in the Holy City we can choose anything from seafood to sushi – burgers or desserts, and bring the Boys with us.
BRING FIDO –
is a website that provides detailed descriptions of each restaurant, along with photos and reviews from other dog owners who’ve eaten there! I love that they rate their experiences with bones vs. stars. Five bones is equivalent to five stars, so those are the places we gravitate towards.
Bring Fido is a great site to bookmark and use for any state in the country. Excellent to use when you travel.
DINING OUT ETIQUETTE –
Before venturing out with your BFF (best furry friend).
- If you are not familiar with the restaurant, please call ahead – it’s great to know before you go
- Ask if there are any limitations when bringing your dog – size, breed, quantity
- Make sure your dog is a pro at basic manners before going to a restaurant – under table manners
- Bring your own treats and collapsible / disposable water bowl – I’m particular with what they eat.
Dining out with your pup does require a little planning and some basic training. While your pooch may be relaxed and well behaved, please keep in mind, if he’s uncomfortable in crowded areas, or becomes fearful and excited with loud noises and constant movement – you may want to begin with smaller venues.
Coffee shops in the middle of the day during the week are perfect eateries to introduce your dog to restaurant settings.
Spacious walking room between tables is something I look for also. I want that additional space to move about without disturbing (or startling) other dogs.
While attending the Conference last month, the Boys and I grabbed a seat in the ballroom to hear the Guest Speaker. Space between tables was tight! During the key note address, a woman stood up, not realizing she was standing on his tail. Startled, he jumped up, leaving a chunk of his tail hair lying lifeless on the carpet. #hesurvived
TWO OR MORE –
Taking multiple dogs anywhere is always twice the work, but never let that be a deterrent from taking them with you. For our Boys, being together in new surroundings seems to work to our advantage. They provide familiarity for each other, so they’re quick to relax while we eat…
I am not in the habit of allowing my Boys to socialize and romp in any restaurant setting. To me, there’s too much of a risk for something strange to occur. This practice seems to be the “norm” with other pet parents as well.
If sitting next to or under a table in a public place isn’t your dogs style, don’t fret. Your dog may be reactive to outside stimuli. Perhaps parks and picnic areas may be more their style.
Here’s hoping that dining out with your pup is a doodletastic experience – no matter where you choose to go!