Considering that your dog is an important member of your family, it is completely understandable that you want to spend as much time with him as possible. This means that you probably take every possible opportunity to keep your pet with you–even on shopping trips. Unfortunately, if your dog is not a service dog, he will not be allowed into every store that you are allowed into. However, there are many dog-friendly stores that welcome owner-accompanied dogs, including several right in the Somerset and Johnstown areas.
Some national chains are dog-friendly in general, but allow local managers to decide whether their specific location will allow non-service dogs in the store. Because of this, it is always wise to call the store ahead of time. Some dog-friendly chains include:
● Marshalls / TJ Maxx / Home Goods–some of these stores may require dogs to ride in carts, while others will let them in as long as they are on a leash. If your dog has to ride in a cart, it may be best to bring a nice soft pillow or blanket so that their paws don’t slip through the sometimes sharp-edged holes in the bottom of the cart. The Johnstown TJ Maxx allows dogs in-store.
● Bed, Bath & Beyond–some of these stores even provide dog owners with “Micro Dry Dog Carts” to cart their furry companions around in. The Johnstown Bed, Bath & Beyond allows dogs in-store.
● Home Depot / Lowe’s–some of these stores are dog-friendly depending on the manager’s policies, so one should always call beforehand to double check. The Somerset Lowe’s allows dogs in-store.
● Michaels / JoAnn Fabrics–many of these stores permit dogs to come in on a leash or in a cart. The Johnstown Michaels allows dogs in-store.
● PetSmart / Petco–these stores are normally always pet friendly, and will allow your dog in-store as long as your dog is friendly and on a leash. Furthermore, dogs are always welcomed with treats and lots of wonderful attention.
Additionally in Somerset, Bruster’s allows dogs to join their owners for some frozen treats. It may be that other shops also welcome pets in-store, but they simply don’t advertise it broadly. If you want to know whether any of your other favorite shopping locations allow dogs, just give them a call. Perhaps you may even convince them to change their current policy so that they begin to allow dogs in-store!