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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by metaldog, Mar 26, 2011.


  1. metaldog

    metaldog PetForums VIP

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    I've been shopping at my local Argos for years and I've always taken my dogs in the shop with me without any problems. The staff and a lot of the customers like to make a fuss of them. I've been in today to collect my Granddaughter's birthday gifts and there's a new bloke working there. He's younger than my daughter and he said I wasn't allowed to take them in the store because they posed a hygiene risk.

    When I asked him what the hygiene risk was he couldn't answer my question and just kept repeating that they were a hygiene risk and there is a sign on the door that says no dogs. I pointed out that there had been a sign on the door for the last 20 years but no one had ever enforced it before and most of the staff are on good terms with my dogs and know their names. I understand that not everyone likes dogs but if they are well behaved and on a lead I can't see what the problem is in a shop like Argos. Food shops I understand they're not allowed in (even though I don't agree with it) and leave them outside.

    I changed my Bank from the TSB to Halifax because TSB wouldn't let me take my dogs in and now it looks like I'm going to have to give Argos a miss too :mad:

    Would you change where you shop to somewhere that welcomes your dogs?
     
  2. MissBexi

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    I don't know any shops around here that will let my dogs in.. I take them into the Bank and the Post Office. Despite the fact they both have "No Dog" signs they have never once said anything, only other customers have... If your only going in to collect something I can't see why it's an issue.. I get it that some dogs get anxious in shops and have wee accident.. Sadly Suki did this once in PAH and I cleaned it up myself as you would.. Maybe he's new and is just trying to follow the rule book..
     
  3. Americancockerxtoypoodle

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    Im sure because youve been taking ur dogs in there for many years that now you cant it is very frustrating for you. I have never known any shops to let dogs in other than pets at home and other pet shops alike, and perhaps even local farm shops. I personally feel dogs should not b allowed, if everybody took there dogs into shops can you imagine the state shops would get in! Also if people and children are afraid of dogs, shoppers have the right to shop freely without the worry!

    Sorry but just my opinion!
     
  4. MissBexi

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    I kinda agree with the above. I know a lady takes her little toy dog breed into the local newsagents and she lets him go into everything.. It's not right having dogs near food etc.
    I love dogs, I work in a pet shop/groomers and all dogs are welcome, and well in these sorts of places your gonna meet like minded people.. Maybe introducing dogs to other shops might be a bit manic. Can you imagine two dogs fighting in a clothes shop, oh the mess :rolleyes: lol
     
  5. shibby

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    My dog is with me in every shop, as I shop online :p Seriously though, I've not known shops to let dogs in so I couldn't compare really. I wouldn't expect to be let in to big stores like Argos etc. we have one who'd probably be interested in something he shouldn't have and another who'd definitely cock his leg up! :eek:
     
  6. Irish Setter Gal

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    I stopped using my main Post Office after the way they dealt with my dog who was queuing with me, lying quietly at my feet and shuffling along as we moved - there were only 3 other people in there, who all remarked on how well behaved he was.

    He caused more of a fuss when I had to leash him to the front entrance....:p

    I despair of different ways to socialise dogs to new environments - I even witnessed a training guide dog turned away from Pizza Hut - the boy said customers might complain, again we were only the other of two tables in there - he could have just asked if we minded or not.

    I continue to use my building society to socialise them with queueing quietly, even the girl who is dog phobic behind the counter is as good as gold about it.:001_smile:
     
  7. metaldog

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    I can see where people are coming from, but my dogs have never peed in Argos, scared or upset any customers, touched a display or done anything else unsavoury. They just sit next to me and let people stroke them or wait patiently while I pay & collect my goods.

    I think there's a really poor attitude to dogs in this country with regard to them being allowed into establishments. In the states you can take them in most shops and restaurants and you don't read about dog fights in shops.

    I once went to a castle and I couldn't take the dog in, I wouldn't have minded if it was like Chatsworth House or something but it was a ruin! All the English Heritage sites allow dogs on leads so they can't do much harm or they wouldn't allow it.

    I love kids and dogs. However, I see kids doing a lot more damage in shops, pubs, restaurants, historic sites, parks and gardens than my dogs ever do. I just think everyone should be judged on their own merit and if the dogs are causing a problem then they should be asked to leave and if they are not then they should be allowed to stay.
     
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    I dunno if id stop using them just cos of some jobsworth but it is frustrating.
    Its hard really cos on the one hand I do think dogs should be welcome more places but on the other I know how hard it is for non dog owners lovers to understand. Plus there is the peeing thing, I know some dogs will not ever do it but once ones done it most the other boys will to and thats just not nice for the gen public.

    Re the non dog owners thing, it always makes me laugh the amount of people who cant believe i stay in hotels with my dog, Ive noticed some of the big chains more or less keep it a secret that they take dogs and its cos of the attitudes of some like ewww there might have been a dog in this room!! :rolleyes::
     
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    Very few places around here let me take Buster in our newsagent does but she normally has either her afghan or yorkie there so doesn't see the problem, the hairdressers again they have a maltese as official greeter, the movie rental place, the bank, post office who dish out biscuits to the dogs and pet shops. As long as food isn't served there and the dog is well behaved I don't see the problem.

    I didn't think you were allowed to ban guide dogs/guide dogs in training anywhere that humans were allowed
     
  10. Ducky

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    to be fair, i dont know of many shops that do let dogs in, so the fact that you have been able to for so many years, you are very lucky i guess. this new guy was just doing what he thought he was supposed to since there was a no dogs sign up.

    as much as i love dogs, i dont think most shops are a suitable place for them. we have a pet shop, and obviously we allow dogs in. but we have "weeing" incidents frequently, and i dont think most shops would take as kindly to that as we do hehe.
     
  11. MissBexi

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    Acutally a really good point.. I'm not a massive kid fan, they irritate me (I'm only 21 lol) And around here kids are far more of a pest than dogs..
     
  12. Ducky

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    haha this is so true! its the kids coming into our shop that are most annoying, as they just stand squeaking the toys for ages, and throw balls about and stick their hands in the bird seed spraying it everywhere. and the parents usually say nothing!

    when people ask if the dog can come in, we usually say "yes, its the kids that arent allowed :p"
     
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    Have Argos started selling food then? I don't know that they can enforce this if they are not selling food, to be honest. I have seen loads of people take dogs into banks. I asked in the stationery shop if I could take the dog in (it was my daughter's ckc) and they were fine, all tried to make a fuss of him, which is never a good idea with Max. I don't know if they would be so keen to have my two in there, mind you.

    My daughter's ex-boyfriend once went and did my week's shopping for me in Tesco with his iguana on his shoulder. Because the thing was so still, everybody thought it was rubber until it moved its eyes, by which time he had been in there for about an hour. The manager told him he couldn't take Iggie into the supermarket, and the boyfriend pointed out that it said No Dogs on the door, didn't say anything about iguanas!

    Perhaps you could get them assistance dogs jackets, then they would have to let them in ;)
     
  14. metaldog

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    I know you are joking, but I have seriously considered this :lol:
     
  15. MissBexi

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    Ducky, I know exactly what you mean.. I hate it when kids come in the shop, not only do they squeak ever toy, upset the dogs being groomed, they move things about!! lol I'm gonna make a sign that says no kids allowed lol.
     
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    As much as I love dogs, and would let them in every shop, resturant, pub, bank, post office etc if I ran the country, I have to say I wouldn't dream of taking my dogs (even just one of them) into a big shop like Argos. The main reason dogs aren't allowed in shops etc is for insurance reasons, so it's very unfair on the shop to have people bring their dogs in. I know you say your dogs are well behaved and on leads, but imagine if one of them had an accident or lifted a leg against a pile of stock?

    We must also respect that not everyone likes dogs, and some people have extreme phobias of them- and whilst it's a dog owners right to take their pets along streets/parks etc, I think dog phobic people have the right to go about their shopping freely. Majorly dog phobic people wouldn't use a shop if there was a dog inside, which in turn looses business for the shop, so not fair really.

    Just my opinion, of course.

    I do take mine in Pets At Home and my local pub (only the same 10/15 regulars that ever go in, and they all bring their dogs) but I'd never attempt to take them anywhere else, shop wise. To be honest, I dislike seeing dogs being taken around town shopping, can't be much fun for them.
     
  17. Ducky

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    haha we have threatened to do that as well. :tongue_smilie:
     
  18. shibby

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    There's definitely a poor attitude towards dogs but I think they enforce a no-dogs policy to avoid the hassle. I don't see much of a problem with it, I wouldn't expect to be let in to a shop with a dog so they don't come shopping with me/someone will wait outside with them. I don't appreciate the double standards of letting certain kinds of dogs in stores, I've seen this happen a lot :rolleyes:: Just to add, the cocking of legs was said in jest :)
     
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    We've taken Holly into the hairdressers as they love to see her and the local post office. Other than P@H and the pub, we wouldn't take her into shops.

    We took her into Sainsbury's when she was a little puppy until she was 20 weeks old, then we started leaving her in the car. The staff loved her in there, she was nowhere near the food apart from our own, as I was carrying her.
     
  20. metaldog

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    I respect your opinion but my dog would never cock his leg indoors.

    They are going to lose my business because I'm not going to shop at Argos if I can't take my dogs in. If more dog owners took a stand then maybe we could change the unwelcoming attitude of the British shop owners.

    I don't think there are that many dog phobic people out there. I think a lot of people don't like dogs, which is different to having a phobia.

    Not so long ago, African and European people were not allowed to mix...Women weren't allowed to own property or vote. In 50 years it may be normal for dogs to be welcome everywhere, I do hope so :)
     
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