One of the hottest trends, and something that I know I’m always looking for, is “dog friendly” pubs and restaurants. It’s hard enough leaving furry friends at home during the week; the last thing people want to do is leave them at home while they’re out and about on the weekend! Making your restaurant pet friendly is a great way of increasing your visibility to those that love to travel with their pets as well as letting locals know that you’re a great option for pet friendly social activities. Dog people can only go to their local coffee joint or fast food chain so much–give them a better option: your place.
Here are some ways you can get started:
1. Make It Inviting
Restaurants, pubs, and even retail establishments often offer their pawed patrons a friendly welcome by placing water bowls near their entrance–sometimes even paired with a jar of treats. If you have food in your establishment, a good idea may be to place these bowls near the patio entrance to show where the pups are allowed to enter.
2. Special Menu
Places like the Lazy Dog Cafe have made special pet friendly menus that include grilled chicken breast, ice or even flavored waters. My family used to own a bar with no kitchen and many times people would bring in their pets. I fondly remember one customer who would come in with his ball python, my father always had a shot glass of water out for his scaly regular– gestures like this promote positive word-of-mouth buzz which spreads quickly!
3. Let People Know
There are several ways to let people know about your dog friendly establishment, so remember to not limit yourself to your website. List your establishment with BringFido.com or Dogtrekker.com and check out local dog clubs and specialty retailers in your area to let them know you allow pets. Many dog clubs have meetups on the weekends and are always looking for a fun place to hang out after a thirsty day at the dog park.
4. Obedient Dogs
A smart idea is to list your code of conduct somewhere. Set expectations for owners and their pets when they’re on your patio. As the owner of a highly social Shiba Inu I am set at ease by these house rules. But also remember most of your pointy eared pals that are out on the town are well balanced–maybe more so than their parents!
At TapHunter HQ we love our fur babies! Let us know about your favorite dog friendly restaurant or pet loving pub in your area and you might just find Kaya Gordon or I.P.A. Goelzer enjoying a cold one.
*Health regulations do not allow dogs inside restaurants, however many restaurants allow dogs on their patios. Please check with your venue’s landlord regarding pet restrictions and allowances.