August 27, 2021
Dog bars havebecome wildly popular in the last few years, and with good reason. Dogs areallowed in more public places in America, much like in Europe, so people aretaking their pups to cafes, restaurants, on hikes and runs, to coffee bars,shopping, and now to bars made just for dogs and their humans.
Before you takeyour first trip to a dog bar, however, it’s important to make sure you and yourdog are set up for success to maximize fun and minimize stress!
Make sure youdo your research. Take a look at the rules for human and dog conduct, whichwill typically be posted on the bar’s website and on the premises.
These placesare designed to be places for dogs and their humans to socialize, but keep inmind that even though you might be grabbing a drink, it’s very important to payattention to your dog. Let your dog get accustomed to their surroundings beforeyou bring them into the bar. Let your dog sniff the perimeter outside and getacquainted with the new place. As other dogs come in, they tend to check eachother out so give them space but guide them when needed.
Just likehumans, sometimes your pup just needs a chance to kick back and have fun. Leavetraining at the door and avoid bringing corrective tools like e-collars to thedog bar. It’s important they have fun while they are there and that it not be aplace for training.
When you seeyour dog being submissive and displaying behaviors like running and hiding, it mightbe a good time to pull your dog out of play because they are probably gettingtired. Scuffles at dog bars happen when your dog gets overwhelmed, so introduceyour dog to the bar in short intervals with the first time being no longer than30-45 minutes and once or twice a week. If your pup seems a little stressedfrom the experience, or becomes overly excited from all the new friends andstimulation, treat your dog with a calmingReady Pet Go! Zen Chew.
You know yourdog, so if you notice that your pup might need an escape, you might want tostep in. If your dog doesn’t have the ability to get away to his own space whenneeded (like a corner or a shade), trouble can arise. Understand that dogscommunicate different than humans and there might be one in the group thattries to step up as the alpha. Keep a watchful eye on how things unfold but letthem do their thing. Only intervene in dog scuffles if it looks like things areescalating or if your dog may not be able to resolve the situation on theirown.
For the mostpart, dog bars expect their pup patrons to let loose and roam free. There is usuallyplenty of running space so dog bars don’t usually allow leashes inside. It’simportant to keep your dog’s safety in mind, so it’s recommended that you keepyour pup on the leash while walking from your car, then unleash once you’resafely inside the door or gate.
Some bars willrequire you to bring proof of vaccination for your pooch as well as proof thatyour dog has been spayed or neutered. Many will also ask you to register yourdog for a fee so that you don’t have to bring their records when you come inevery time.
Most placesoffer a full drink menu for you and lots of tasty treats for your pup so go preparedto have safe, responsible fun! Check outthis video for an inside look at the dog bar andother useful information.