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    What are the laws governing where we can take or not take our dogs. If we have them confined in a dog stroller for example, can we take them anywhere? I've been trying to find this answer on-line and have been unable to. I live in Ohio. I want to know what my rights as a dog owner are in taking my dog with me if I have her in control???? Help
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    i found this:
    http://www.ada.gov/qasrvc.htm
    its questions that business owners may ask
    close as i could find. hth
    dogs are not allowed in some public parks in america, i doubt they are allowed in stores, resturants, etc. sucks doesn't it?
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    I think the laws vary from city to city...I know that one of the aldermen in Chicago was pushing for a law to allow dogs in the patio area of restaurants, to increase business. They are allowed in some bars, stores, etc., but I think for the most part the individual shop owner (or landlord) can dictate if they are allowed. I brought Miles into Home Depot once; I wasn't planning on going there, but I needed to run in and wouldn't leave him in the car, so I asked (I always ask), and they let me bring him in as long as I kept him in a cart. I never assume I can bring him in; I always ask, and I think the store owners/managers appreciate that. I don't think pets are allowed anywhere that food is prepared, which I understand....
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    Thanks guys, Debbie
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    In France, it depends. In some public places dogs are allowed whereas in others they aren't. For example, we can't take our dogs in supermarkets, food shops, clothes shops... It is forbidden in some restaurants but they are welcomed in others. We must be careful before deciding to go somewhere. As far as I am concerned, I don't go if my dog can't come. So I choose the best places for us. In some parks, they can go but they can't run freely.
    I think law is different in each city and country

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    Yes, I agree with cy1266. We bring Sofee Marie wherever we can. Home Depot and Lowes, especially the garden section is never a problem. Like tonight, it is pouring rain here in Boston and we'll go to Home Depot and walk her around the insider perimiter of the store a few times while doing a little shopping. She needs her exercise, but it's raining too hard to go outside. We don't bring her anywhere where they do serve food, except for restaurants that have patio's and where we have approval from the staff. We often leave her in the stroller in this instance, easier to control. I have found 'outlet' like stores usually don't have a problem - this is with her on the lease or stroller, but regular stores usually won't allow her in. Have fun!
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    I think it's pretty much up to the owner, other than taking them into "food" places which violates health codes. I live in Ohio also and take my dog to patios all summer for eats. There are also outlet shops on 71 between Columbus and Cincinnati and many stores there are dog friendly! I would say just ask before you go in, then you'll know for sure.

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    I understand why dogs shouldn't be allowed in restaurants or grocery stores. I believe in my state it is up to city ordinances whether or not dogs are allowed on outdoor patios at restaurants. I definitely think dogs should be allowed in more public places, but unfortunately many people don't pick up after their dogs properly and end up ruining it for the rest of us. My nephew had a baseball game the other day and I couldn't even bring my dog to the ballpark because they put up a sign saying NO PETS.

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    France and Germany amongst other European countries are very welcoming of dogs in public venues and hotels.

    Personally, though, I don't care much for seeing dogs in stores and restaurants. I've seen them lift legs and be a general pest and I also don;t find it very appetising to watch people letting dogs eat off their plate -- and basically, especially in the US/UK/Ireland I think, not everyone wants the dog we think is charming, coming over to them while they are shopping or eating, and often the dog is a whole lot less charming than some owners think . Having the dog in a stroller is not an acceptable or legal way of avoiding ordinances which do not allow dogs inside shops and restaurants excepting seeing eye dogs. No dogs means no dogs. If in doubt it is always correct and polite to ask the owner of the establishment.

    That said, there are some outdoor areas that serve food where I know dogs are allowed and sometimes I meet a friend for a meal or coffee after walking our dogs. We can sit well away from other people but the key point again is that dogs are allowed in these places. I actually never enjoy doing this all that much though -- cavaliers are so greedy about food that I can't relax and chat, I have to be watching them all the time and they can be pests (usually are). Hence we only do this now and then and generally I will only have one or two of the dogs.

    I think it is very important to be a responsible dog owner and never forget that it is never correct to assume other people delight in one's children or animals (though this does vary by culture; again, France is very open to including dogs and most European hotels I stay in for work events will take dogs). There are so many things that we can do with our dogs that I don't think it is crucial that they also be there while I pick out a pair of shoes or eat a meal out with friends.

    I've moved this thread as it doesn't really have anything to do with shopping per se.
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    When we were in France about 7 years ago I remember seeing an elderly lady in an indoor restaurant with her dog which she fed from her plate. I remember how strange it was to see a dog in a restaurant but no one seemed to mind as the dog was well behaved. It was rather odd. My sister lives outside Charleston, North Carolina and she says her area is very dog friendly letting dogs in stores and outside in restaurants. I was beginning to think the tide was changing about dogs in public places.
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