Now that warm weather is here, it’s time to start thinking about patio time with your dog! We are lucky to live in a city that has a lot of options for dog-friendly dining and drinking. Although I am a big advocate of this, I also realize it’s not meant for every dog. Before you set out for a dog-friendly patio, it’s important to consider a few things.
Training It’s a good idea to make sure your dog is under control and will listen to you if you need to correct him. We want to make sure that places stay dog friendly (and encourage more to become dog friendly!), so it’s important your dog is well behaved. Canine Good Citizen courses can be helpful in teaching your dog the skills needed to behave nicely in public.
Be Prepared Some bars/restaurants will bring a water bowl for your dog, but not all. It’s always a good idea to bring a water bowl for your dog just in case. Also, it’s important to be prepared for potty as well!
Know your dog As much as you may want to take your dog out with you, it may not be your dog’s idea of fun. Some dogs get nervous by noises or crowds, or act aggressively toward humans or other dogs when they are frightened. You know your dog better than anyone else, so if you have any doubts start out at a small patio, maybe a coffee shop where you can leave quickly if needed.
Know your patio A lot of patios are technically dog friendly, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be good for every dog. A few patios I’ve been to only have a couple of tables in a tiny, cramped space, which is great if you have a small, low-key dog, but is not great for a larger, more excitable dog. It’s a good idea to check out a patio first, see if it’s popular with dogs and how big it is. I’ve reviewed a few patios and will add to the list this year, but feel free to let me know of any patios you’d recommend!
Take a walk before Taking your dog on a long walk beforehand is a good way to make sure he or she will be more laid back for your visit. It will also allow him or her to do his “business” beforehand.
- Look for shady tables
- NO retractable leashes!
- Ask before allowing your dog to approach. Although you should only be taking your dog to a dog-friendly patio if he or she is friendly, you still want to be aware of those around you and not let your dog wander around or approach other dogs and people without permission.
- Bring something for your dog – treats, bones, whatever will make it fun for your dog too!
- Check out my list of dog friendly patios: http://dogsinthecle.com/dog-friendly-cleveland/patios/
- Let me know about your experience!
I’d love to hear what patios you like and what tips you have. Let me know in the comments!