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Why exactly are dogs banned from so many places? Logic or a random decision? 

Since I got my first dog 6 months ago I have been perplexed and sometimes even amused by why dogs are banned from various places. This is in uk. However other countries take different views. Here in Nice in a decent hotel Boscolo Exedra I was firstly greeted this morning by a dog in the lift and then a few moments later found it sitting happily with its owners in the restaurant at breakfast. The dog sat in the same place , looked imploringly at its owners for food but was no trouble and I suspect many never realised he was there. This seems a familiar pattern in France. 

Let’s look at the UK. Traveling on the motorways one finds that dogs are not allowed inside motorway service stations. In the high street dogs are not allowed inside banks.  Dogs are not allowed into any hotel restaurant or bar . Dogs are not allowed into restaurants . Some pubs allow dogs in but stipulate where they can go.  This blanket ban does not of course apply to service dogs. 

To get the obvious out of the way, no one would expect to take an untrained or poorly behaved dog into these situations.  My dog Wolf is 7 months and would be fine. 

So what’s the logic and who makes the rules? Why can one country be so at odds with regulations in another? 

I put this out there as a discussion point . 

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5 thoughts on “Why exactly are dogs banned from so many places? Logic or a random decision? 

  1. Alexandra Pawley-Kean on said:

    Rather a dog than a screaming child. Any day. x

  2. Also find the doggy situation difficult at times however I have found a few restaurants and good hotels that accept my “Shadow”. Virgin trains are cool with our four pawed friends and so to are Travelodge (I know😂 Not too good for humans!)..that’s why doggy people are also camping/caravanie/pubby people 😂😂😂

  3. North America is far worse. At least in the UK you can find SOME option to dine, patios are often ok and so on. In Canada (home) and most of the US you can’t even go on a patio, never can you take public transportation and such.

    Since I specialize in “with dog international travel” I have looked into it. At it’s core you have outdated – never been revisited or challenged laws; most dating to the 1800’s when dogs were mostly working livestock good for Farm work and hunting. The urban pet is a relatively new phenomenon as far as it’s common-ness.

    In the past only the really wealthy had pets and in those days if you had money you made the rules. Things changed.

    Most business are just following the bylaws. I for one am challenging them.

  4. Susan Pugh on said:

    There seems to be an ever growing group of people in the UK who are anti-dog and they mis-quote Health & Safety Regulations as an excuse to ban dogs from everywhere. As somebody else said I would much rather share space with a dog than a screaming child.

  5. Janis Searle on said:

    I agree I have a greyhound he is very well behaved some garden centres allow dogs others don’t. I have noticed when we have taken him away in the UK a lot more places allow dogs as they are possibly loosing business by not allowing them in. Of course they would have to be well behaved and not allow to soil in the place. I don’t agree with children jumping on the chairs when I have to sit on them so well behaved dogs and children should be allowed.

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