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There are a lot of great reasons to have a dog, but if you want to take your furbaby with you to run errands, you might wonder which stores welcome pets, and which ones prohibit them. Check our list of 25 dog-friendly stores – beyond service animals – before you head out with your pup.

More Dog Friendly Stores Than You Think

It wasn’t long ago that dogs weren’t allowed in a retail setting unless they were service animals. The times are changing, and today, many mainstream retail stores welcome your dog to come inside and shop with you. This relaxed pet policy has dog owners everywhere rejoicing. The convenience factor is wonderful, not to mention that you can avoid leaving your pet at home unattended for long periods of time. Although some stores still uphold a strict no-pet policy, more and more retail chains have amended their rules to welcome both you and your dog.

Stores That Are Dog-Friendly

It’s important to note that the final decision on whether or not dogs are allowed at certain stores is ultimately left up to the individual store manager, so even if a chain is dog-friendly, your local store may not be. It’s always best to call ahead and ask before taking your dog along.

  • Anthropologie is dog friendly.
  • Apple store is dog friendly.
  • Barnes and Noble is dog friendly.
  • Bass Pro Shops are dog friendly.
  • Bebe is dog friendly.
  • Bloomingdale’s is dog friendly.
  • Crate and Barrel is dog friendly.
  • Foot Locker is dog friendly.
  • Free People is dog friendly.
  • Gap is dog friendly.
  • Home Goods is dog friendly.
  • JoAnn Fabrics is dog friendly.
  • Kohl’s is dog friendly.
  • Lowes is dog friendly.
  • Lush Cosmetics is dog friendly.
  • Macy’s is dog friendly.
  • Marshalls is dog friendly.
  • Michael’s is dog friendly.
  • Neiman Marcus is dog friendly.
  • Nordstrom is dog friendly.
  • Old Navy is dog friendly.
  • PetCo is dog friendly.
  • PetSmart is dog friendly.
  • Pottery Barn is dog friendly.
  • Restoration Hardware is dog friendly.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue is dog friendly.
  • Saturn car dealerships are dog friendly.
  • Sephora is dog friendly.
  • TJ Maxx is dog friendly.
  • Tractor Supply Co. is dog friendly.
  • Urban Outfitters is dog friendly.

Stores That Are Not Dog-Friendly

It’s important to note that stores which are not pet and dog-friendly will still allow service dogs to enter their retail space. They won’t, however, allow pet dogs on their premises.

  • Belks is not dog friendly.
  • Best Buy is not dog friendly.
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club is not dog friendly.
  • Costco is not dog friendly.
  • CVS is not dog friendly.
  • Dillard’s is not dog friendly.
  • Home Depot is not dog friendly.
  • JC Penny is not dog friendly.
  • KMart is not dog friendly.
  • Kroger is not dog friendly.
  • Lowe’s is not dog friendly.
  • Party City is not dog friendly.
  • Rite Aid is not dog friendly.
  • Sams Club is not dog friendly.
  • Sears is not dog friendly.
  • Target is not dog friendly.
  • Walgreens is not dog friendly.
  • Walmart is not dog friendly.

As you can see, more and more retail establishments are realizing that pet owners enjoy bringing their furry friends along on shopping sprees. It’s a great way to break up the monotony of walking your dog on the same trails and sidewalks. It’s also a wonderful tool for pet socialization and introducing your dog to new people and environments. You may also enjoy getting your dog’s expert opinion on a new pair of shoes he can chew, or even a new couch for his daily naps. Shopping with your pet just might become your new favorite pastime.

We would love to make this list comprehensive so dog lovers know where they can and can’t take their pets. If you know of a store that is pet-friendly or one on this list, which is no longer dog friendly, please leave a comment so we can ensure this list is the most up to date.

Have you taken your dog with you shopping? Let us know your experience with specific stores in the comments below! By the way, you can also get paid to play with dogs. Check Rover Pet Sitters!

For more on pets and how they can affect your finances check out these articles:

How Much Does a Dog Cost? It’s More Than You Think
Five Ways to Make Money if You Love Pets
How to Save Money on Dog Food

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