Oh come on, do you only go for meal whilst walking the dog - you can't go at any other time? I'm sure your dog is the epitome of canine good behaviour. Thing is, loads of other owners have told me how well behaved their dog is only for the sodding thing to snap or growl at me or somebody else for no reason, when of course the owner comes out withe usual "Well I can't understand that, he's never done that before." Yeah right. Not only that, if your dog's in a restaurant, under the table behaving, that doesn't mean he won't be targetted by a badly behaved pooch looking for trouble.Catrose wrote: ↑Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:47 pmdon't understand why the animal can't either be left at home or in the car for the duration of its owner's meal.
Dogs tend to be taken for walks by their humans, and quite often the walk takes the humans past a restaurant. So no car to put said dog in. Anyway few car parks provide enough shade to leave a dog in a car. If a restaurant doesn’t admit dogs then they could at least have a place to tie your dog up in the shade - which we will do happily. Our dog has been going to restaurants since he was 12 weeks old. He immediately curls up under the table and doesn't move, no matter how many other dogs there are.
I really don't see what the problem is. The dog doesn’t smell any more than people (and better than some of the disgusting cheap aftershaves we encounter), his feet are no dirtier than people's shoes, he makes no noise unlike unruly children, and he doesn’t touch anything or go anywhere near food. No different really than someone wearing a fur coat.
Restaurants "could at least have a place to your dog up in the shade" - are you serious? A restaurant's responsibility is to provide good food, not look after dogs. Several dogs all tied up outside a restaurant - wow, that'd be interesting!
If there is a choice between restaurants allowing dogs inside and one where they don't, then all things being equal I would always book into the dog-free one. I feel sure most other folk would too. However, I'm with you re unruly children. Along with their parents they should be banned.