Doggie Etiquette 101 is by far a popular topic amongst any citizens who take their animal to a restaurant. This week we cover rule 6: No paws on the table. This rule is not only for the health and safety of you and your animal, but for the health and safety of ALL animals and people who come to the restaurant. In terms of a restaurant, one of the biggest concerns that a Health Department worries about is the feet of its guests. Who knows what kind of things are on our feet, let alone our dogs. Plus think about it, you wouldn’t place your own feet on the dinner table, so why would you let your animal?
Be ready for your next visit to your doggie friendly restaurant by brushing up on your doggie etiquette. This week is rule 5: No visiting other tables. This rule is not only for you but for other patrons as well. Although many dog owners are fine meeting other animals, but you never really know what the person is really thinking. They may say its fine to your face, but only saying that to be polite. Let people come visit your table (and they will), that way you know they want to meet your animal. Plus it creates a better dining experience for everyone.
Doggie Etiquette is becoming a very popular topic of late with more and more doggie friendly restaurants opening. Rule 4 is more for your own convenience as well. Always remember to exercise your dog before you sit down. This not only gives your dog a chance to get rid of some of their energy first, but it also gives them a chance to use the restroom. Doggie accidents are not only embarrassing, but they are preventable. Giving your dog a chance to use the restroom is not only a courtesy to the restaurant and yourself, but to your dog as well.
Doggie friendly restaurants are becoming more and more popular, especially in dog friendly areas like Boynton Beach. Last time, I wrote about the first rule: First and foremost, your dog should be able to behave around other people and other dogs. Remember for the safety of your animal, and for others, to accomplish this rule before proceeding further. Next Always call ahead to the establishment to make sure they allow dogs at their outdoor tables. You would not want to make it all the way there just to find out they are not dog friendly, and your trip was for not. Another rule rule of thumb for those new to the doggie restaurant scene: Dogs CANNOT go inside a restaurant unless they are a service dog!
Halloween is right around the corner, and for many a countdown has begun. One of my favorite parts of Halloween has always been dressing up. Over the years more and more people dress their animals in costumes as well, sparking the debate of To Dress or Not to Dress. I find it a fun experience to see how many different ideas people come up with for their dogs or any other animals for that matter. The creativity is amazing. This Halloween is only a few weeks away. What is your animal going to be for Halloween?