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Home Depot - Policy on Leashed Dogs

PetFriendly
October 10th, 2005, 10:55 AM
Does anyone know if the 'leashed dogs welcome' policy at most Home Depot stores is a Coporate one or is it individual?

I only ask because my boyfriend and I were asked not to bring our dogs (3 lbs yorkie, 10 lbs pom-mix) back in to one of the local stores. The sales person explained they had received too many complaints and had banned dogs, leashed or not...

Needless to say, we won't be going back to that store, its too bad too, because the trips to the hardware stores are usually for the dogs' benefit, but we usually end up finding something to buy.

StaceyB
October 10th, 2005, 11:14 AM
My husband is a manager at one of Home Depots. I have asked him the same question. He says that there is a policy of no dogs and a sign at the doors but some stores are a little more flexable than others about it.

SnowDancer
October 10th, 2005, 11:17 AM
I occasionally take my 22 lb. Eskimo to Home Depot - but only when I absolutely have to because I can't leave him alone and when I intend to buy something. He wears a harness and I put him in the cart and keep a tight hold on the leash closest to his head. I know people say to take their pets to stores for socialization - personally I get very nervous because everyone wants to pet my dog and he is protective of me - plus you never know when someone will pull your dog's ear etc. in the type of society in which we live. PetSmart would seem to be your safest bet.

PetFriendly
October 10th, 2005, 11:17 AM
That's funny... So the stores that do let us in are the exception not the rule. Interesting because at the store where I think he works, some of the staff have coockies in their pockets... I guess we'll just have to see as we go, nothing like looking like an arrogant dog owner because you assumed.

Thanks Stacey!

PetFriendly
October 10th, 2005, 11:26 AM
He wears a harness and I put him in the cart and keep a tight hold on the leash closest to his head. I know people say to take their pets to stores for socialization - personally I get very nervous because everyone wants to pet my dog and he is protective of me - plus you never know when someone will pull your dog's ear etc. in the type of society in which we live. PetSmart would seem to be your safest bet.

Our two guys are fairly well socialized. And the whole reason for bringing them places like the Home Depot is so that they get pet and touched by everyone to keep up the socialization. We let them walk on their own two legs to avoid giving them the impression the store is less than safe.

I wouldn't let a child pet the dogs without their parent being there, and both dogs are used to being mauled by kids, and love it. The Home Depot or Rona is just another place to practice our obedience (like when you're waiting in line to pay) as well as our loose leash walking (like when 3 kids come running down the aisle to see the dogs, kids are one of Charley's favorites).

Petsmart is ok sometimes too, they alsways come with us when we need to go there, but there are only two in town and it gets boring going to the same store over and over.

StaceyB
October 10th, 2005, 11:33 AM
I will find out whether they tend to do anything if the dogs were in the cart vs walking on their own.
The only time Montana has been inside is when the store is closed. We usually wait outside. Either way it is a good place to socialize. He sees and greets 20-30 people every time we go.

StaceyB
October 10th, 2005, 11:41 AM
I was in Loblaws the other day and someone was there with a dog. It is the decision of each individual store whether they will allow dogs in or not unless the store sells food. If it sells food then no dogs are allowed in.

huskypup
October 10th, 2005, 03:32 PM
In the UK, the only dogs that are allowed into any shop are guide dogs.

Puppyluv
October 10th, 2005, 03:45 PM
In the UK, the only dogs that are allowed into any shop are guide dogs.
I thought that was the case in Canada too (excluding pet stores) But apparantly I was wrong. Still, even as a dog owner, I don't think dogs should be allowed in stores that aren't pet-related.

coppperbelle
October 10th, 2005, 04:51 PM
I thought that was the case in Canada too (excluding pet stores) But apparantly I was wrong. Still, even as a dog owner, I don't think dogs should be allowed in stores that aren't pet-related.


I agree with you 100%. All dogs except service dogs should not be allowed in any store except a store like Petsmart. There is no reason for them to be there plain and simple. There are many other places where people can socialize their pets including obedience schools.
The thought of me putting my food in a grocery store basket knowing that a dog could have been in the same basket a little while earlier would make me stop shopping in that store.
Family members work at Home Depot and their policy is no dogs but it is up to the personnel to tell people. Guess it depends on who is working there at the time.
I too thought it was a law that dogs are not allowed in stores. The only ones allowed in the Montreal area are service dogs or those training to be.

mafiaprincess
October 10th, 2005, 05:41 PM
It's the same arguement from the walmart thread.

I don't think dogs should be places other than pet stores unless a guide dog.
Or maybe some open air markets, but that is dicey depending too.

It becomes an arguement over why people with small dogs seem to think it's their right to take them everywhere, and people with larger dogs wouldn't think about trying it.

Saying you won't shop in that home depot anymore because they asked you not to bring your pets, is being the pushy little dog owner who seems to think it is your right to take them everywhere.

LL1
October 10th, 2005, 06:07 PM
Ive never seen a dog in HomeDepot,do they have signs saying no dogs allowed or do they assume people know?

Puppyluv
October 10th, 2005, 06:22 PM
Ive never seen a dog in HomeDepot,do they have signs saying no dogs allowed or do they assume people know?
People should know. IMO it's no dogs allowed unless otherwise stated. No sign=no dogs. Heck I wouldn't even bring Layla into the pet store until I confirmed that it was ok. That's just me, but I think it's ridiculous to think that you can take your dog wherever you want.

LL1
October 10th, 2005, 07:38 PM
Can someone answer my question?

StaceyB
October 10th, 2005, 07:42 PM
The sign is the one that also includes the no shirt, no shoes.

LL1
October 10th, 2005, 07:44 PM
Ok thanks,so there are "no dog"signs at HD,I just have not seen them.I have not been in awhile.

coppperbelle
October 10th, 2005, 07:45 PM
I don't think I have ever seen a sign that say no dogs however I am not sure.

CyberKitten
October 10th, 2005, 09:50 PM
I have never seen a sign at Home Depot tho you might look at their web site. I never took any of our/my dogs to stores - I assumed they were not allowed. I am not sure a store is a place for a dog to be honest - except a large pet store. I see many dogs tied up outside some of the larger grocery stores in Halifax and that is understandable - even the best trained and loving dog in the world can be spooked and there are just too many ppl with allergies and fears. And even as a dog lover, I have to admit my heart goes in my mouth when I meet a strange roving dog on the sidewalk or somewhere else. I do blame that on a neighbourhood terrier who terrorized the area when I was growing up. He was never in his yard and his family thought he was a great dog - which he was when they were around but alone, he could be very vicious. Luickily for them and him, a family mbr was employed in city govt and any bites were attended to. So - I think of him when I see any dog roaming free. I can just imagine how ppl who have never loved and cared for a dog before feel!!

I have a neighbour who is scared of my big baby sookie chocolate lab who I labsit on occasion and unfortunately, we will never cure everyone's fears. I am well aware that most of those dogs are prob like "my" lab and the dogs I grew up with (a Siberian Husky, a fox terrier, poodle) and the dog I had as an adult - a beagle. But I have no way of knowing that. I do enjoy meeting ppl walking their dogs and sometimes ask if I can pet their pooches and 99% say sure. And I worry about the poor dogs tied up while their person is in those grocery stores (They could be stolen or hurt or break away). I would never think of taking my cats into a store except for the pet store and that is in their carrier. But obviously, dogs in a grocery store is a bad idea if for health reasons alone!

I do like meeting little puppies with ppl in stores (and that has occured on a few occasions tho mostly it is outside). I almost say that small dogs should be allowed b/c they can be in a carrier but that's not fair to the larger breeds. It is either none or all - I don't think we should discriminate and unfortunately, all dogs are the recipient of the fact that not eveyone is as contientious as those of us in this forum.

StaceyB
October 10th, 2005, 10:07 PM
I don't have any problems with people bringing their dogs to places that dogs are allowed. I actually encourage it. The problem I have is with the people who think that they can bring them everywhere attached to their body regardless of the rules. It should be clear to every dog owner that dogs are not allowed to be anywhere that carries food items like walmart and the grocery stores.
Either way it would be an automatic double standard because I wouldn't expect that my dane would be allowed because he can't be picked up or carted around in the cart.
My husband said that he will check to see exactly where the no dogs sign is so I can let all of you know. He thinks the reason they are not supposed to go in is because of the Harveys.

Prin
October 11th, 2005, 01:39 AM
I know here in MTL, the Home Depots and Reno Depots both have food in them, so definitely no dogs allowed. By law, there are no dogs allowed when there is any food, sign or not.

Is there a Harvey's in the Home Depot? Or another fast food joint?

LavenderRott
October 11th, 2005, 07:58 AM
Aaah, one of the few things I miss about Germany. When I lived in Germany, I had a collie and she went everywhere with me. They always had treats for her at the Chinese restaraunt when I went in there to pick up my carry out order. She loved to say "hi" to everyone at the bar when we went to see my friend, the barkeep, every once in a while.

My Pom pup sure could use that kind of socializing!

PetFriendly
October 11th, 2005, 07:59 AM
Just to clarify, the size of my dog does not impact on whether or not I think he should be allowed in to a store. I'd want to take him with me where I could even if he were a lab or something much bigger. The only reason I asked is because at one store (where I'd seen dogs go in before) some of the staff had treats in the pockets, and were more than happy to let Charley and Little Buddy in. So now I'm thinking my original assumption is incorrect, and will not go on the pretence that the dogs are allowed in at all stores because I would never leave Charley tied to a post outside the store, or locked in the car should he not be welcome.

And I have to concur with the grocery store/food services, comments, definitely no, no matter how small the dog in question, save and except service dogs (and that includes seeing eye dogs, seizure dogs, assistance dogs, etc).

PetFriendly
October 11th, 2005, 08:49 AM
Saying you won't shop in that home depot anymore because they asked you not to bring your pets, is being the pushy little dog owner who seems to think it is your right to take them everywhere.

I would have to disagree with you on that one. If I have the choice between two stores, one that will let Charley in and one that won't, I'll choose the one where he can go in too.

Pushy would be hanging out in front of the store making a scene, protest style, or starting a letter writing campaign, or taking him in anyway after having been asked not to, you get the idea.

StaceyB
October 11th, 2005, 09:01 AM
Hubby said that you just happened to run into someone who had a problem with bringing them in. Some of them let it go and don't bother with you.

Schwinn
October 11th, 2005, 09:30 AM
I concur with people who say that dogs shouldn't be allowed in stores. For one thing, I've seen people who are terrified of dogs, even ones they know to be friendly. My sister, for example. She's just now liking Daisy because she misses our family dog, and she's realizing Daisy is a big dumbass (kinda like her dad, according to my wife :o ). But there have been a couple of times where I've taken her riding and we've run across dogs that it wouldn't occur to me that they might be even slightly dangerous, and I've found her frozen on the spot, wishing she wore depends.

I used to work in a bank, and this woman constantly brought in her yappy dog, and it drove me nuts. "what's the big deal?" "Fine, I'll bring in my pitbull" Of course, I got dirty looks or I was told that it was different. "It is different. She'll lie on the floor by my feet, and won't bark at a thing". Then someone would walk in without a shirt on, and I'd forget about the dog. :D

(And why is it the only people who don't wear shirts are the ones who REAAALLY should?)

BeagleMum
October 11th, 2005, 09:54 AM
I don't have any problems with people bringing their dogs to places that dogs are allowed. I actually encourage it. The problem I have is with the people who think that they can bring them everywhere attached to their body regardless of the rules. It should be clear to every dog owner that dogs are not allowed to be anywhere that carries food items like walmart and the grocery stores.
Either way it would be an automatic double standard because I wouldn't expect that my dane would be allowed because he can't be picked up or carted around in the cart.
My husband said that he will check to see exactly where the no dogs sign is so I can let all of you know. He thinks the reason they are not supposed to go in is because of the Harveys.


What Home Depot are you talking about? Or are they all "No Dogs" in Ottawa? I always wondered that so I didn't want to chance bringing the dogs there and get turned away.

PetFriendly
October 11th, 2005, 10:09 AM
What Home Depot are you talking about?

I've been greated with smiles and treats at the Rona on West Hunt CLub and the Home Depot on Baseline. We were asked not to come back with our dogs by a staff person at the one in Barrhaven.

As discussed above though, it might not be consistent though.

Sneaky
October 11th, 2005, 05:46 PM
Aaah, one of the few things I miss about Germany. When I lived in Germany, I had a collie and she went everywhere with me. They always had treats for her at the Chinese restaraunt when I went in there to pick up my carry out order. She loved to say "hi" to everyone at the bar when we went to see my friend, the barkeep, every once in a while.
My Pom pup sure could use that kind of socializing!

Lavender, Germany is not the only place where dogs are allowed to
go everywhere with their people. There are far, far more places in the world where dogs are allowed in stores with their people, than places that ban dogs.
In the Western world, the whole idea is that "Man is the measure of all things" and anything less is unsuitable. This is why people have no respect for dogs, and wont allow well trained dogs into shops. Its been ingrained in our culture for thousands of years to have no respect for animals, they arent equals, and therefor dont have the rights people deserve.
Just wanted to mention, for people who strongly believe in animal rights,
the world wide anthropological societies are coming together in the spring of 2006 to vote on whether or not Chimpanzees will be assigned a new genus-
Homo. They will no longer be Pan Troglodytes if the vote passes, but will be renamed Homo Troglodytes, and then anything done to a chimp will be considered a human rights violation, not an animal issue.
Im excited and hope wholeheartedly that it passes. Then maybe it will make people realize that animals are not so far from us as we may think!

As for Home Depot, the Home Depot near us has dog water dishes inside the front door, and I have on many occassions seens dogs on leash with their owners inside. I personally do not take offence to it.

StaceyB
October 11th, 2005, 05:53 PM
Home Depot on Baseline..
This is the one hubby is at.

melanie
October 11th, 2005, 06:19 PM
can i say jsut wow, you really take your dogs into stores, well dogs are not regarded like that over here, i have never seen anyone take or even attempt to take a dog into a store, its jsut not done and regarded as unhygenic by most (most ppl are disgusted that my dog lives inside let alone go into stores), not to mention bothersome to other shoppers i suppsoe.

nope even the cutest of little pup is tied outside every shop, it jsut seems unimaginable to take a dog in a store, weird in fact, i jsut dont live in such a world.

i think you should be really grateful to take your dog into any store really, what a wonderful store owner that would be, i certianly would be a big customer.

nope over here its tie up outside, and that if you can get to the front of the store, most ppl dont like big dogs so charlie often has to sit across the road from the store or jsut down a bit, but i can always check her, and she is to big and scary to steal, which was my biggest fear when she was a pup, heaps of dogs are stolen here when tied up, now shes to darn scary lookin yay for her.....

appreciate it ppl, what freedom you have. shhesh......sooo lucky....

babyrocky1
October 11th, 2005, 06:28 PM
One of the good things about my neighborhood is that I live in walking distance of the Queen West shopping area, lots of little boutiques, and I like to go for walks and shopping with my dog. No one has has a problem with it. Ive even been shopping at the Gap with Rocky! If I couldn't take him with me I probably wouldn't shop there, I would go to the Eatons Centre instead. Infact theres a furniture store in the area that has a "Dogs Welcome" sign at the front door. Its a good way for the smaller stores to get business from the locals out for a doggy walk. Works for me, works for them! Food stores excluded ofcourse.

love my dogs
October 11th, 2005, 06:55 PM
I've seen many dogs in the Home Depot where I live, and seeing other dogs there prompted me to take Duke once when I was looking for a new fence latch (one that he would not be able to open).

I've also been invited into Blockbuster when I sent my son in to pick out a movie, and Duke and I waited outside. The 2 guys working there saw us through the window and came out to ask me to bring him in....so I did.

He's also been to school, the post office, an appliance store and the lawyer's office.

AliSam
October 12th, 2005, 09:05 AM
I have never seen a dog in either of the Home Depot stores we frequent (not even tied up outside). It is something that I have never thought about. When we run errands, Sam always stays home.

Beaglemom
October 12th, 2005, 11:26 AM
I personally have no problem with dogs (regardless of size) going to a store, except for food stores or restaurants (except patios). Service dogs should and are allowed everywhere.

I have taken my beagle to many places. I have also taken a rottweiler (whom I was dog sitting) everywhere with me too. We did go to a restaurant, but we sat out in the patio after asking the management if it was alright. He did scare some people though as like stated before, not everyone likes dogs and some are afraid. Even though he was just a big suck, people would walk a huge radius around us! Heck, even my beagle scares some people while we walk along the sidewalk!

I think that if you want to take your dog to a certain store, call ahead and ask the manager on staff what their policy is.

StaceyB
October 12th, 2005, 11:35 AM
I found out that there is a large sign on the door. No dogs only service dogs.

Melinda
October 12th, 2005, 11:59 AM
my daughter and many friends work at our new home depot in cornwall and dogs are welcomed in there, the cashiers keep biscuits for them behind their counter, home depot also owns Pet co or pet smart, I forget which one , so they encourage owners to bring them in . All they ask is that if they make a mess, clean it, they supply towels, mop and cleaner for you. We had an impromtue(sp?) dog day there not long ago, workers were asked to bring in their pets on their off hours to socialize in the aisle where they do the kids workshops, *L* it was a blast, they wanted to let people know it was ok. Cornwall has very strict rules in most stores and will ask you to leave if you bring in even a pup , walmart, Zellers, sears, they won't even allow you in to the photo place which is right near the bottom side door...

bluntman
October 12th, 2005, 12:51 PM
I bring Mercedes to work with me everyday, so she is with me all the time, and yes I do bring her into some stores where she is not only welcome, but they insist that I bring her in with me, and I don't think there is anything wrong with that. The local beer stores allways have a treat for her behind the counter and she knows it, as well as the local rental city, I have not taken her to home depot, and never will, it's to big with to much comotion. I don't have a problem with people brining well behaved dogs with them into places that allow that, provided they have 100% control at all times and the dog is calm and comfortable in that enviroment. Sable on the other hand I would never bring into a store that allows dogs, not that she is a bad dog, but because of her size, she could scare people, and she is very,very hyper, and does know how to properly behave in that type of enviroment, some people might see that as aggression. Mercedes is her own walking, tail wagging anti BSL billboard, and I will continue to bring her everywhere I can, for as long as I can.

PetFriendly
October 12th, 2005, 04:58 PM
I found out that there is a large sign on the door. No dogs only service dogs.

Good to know, we'll have to be more carefull!

melanie
October 12th, 2005, 06:01 PM
oh i am sooooo jealous, yoru all so lucky. i lvoe taking charlie everywhere with me, but that only extends to shop and mall doors poor darlins. heres a good example of attitudes toward dogs in australia-

recently i took charlie to an outdoor weekend market, it had a dog competition too, so i entered her in it and shewon the attitude section :D . well her prize was a giant tub of honey and a $20 gift voucher to be spent at the market stalls that day. so charlie and i went off excitedly to find some doggy stuff with her winnings. well we wnet to a stall selling dog coats and such, charlie standing beside me using all her good girl manner,s she put her snout up on the counter to sniff the wares as some fo them had lavender in it and she loves flowers.

well the stall holder flipped out and tried to swip charlies nose of ehr counter, poor girl she was only sniffing, i dont know what the stupid cow though charlie was going to do, but hell she was selling dog products where lots of dogs congregated.

and thats the perfect example of how a dog gets treated here even by those you think would be a bit more tolerant. and if she is tied up ppl take a very wide berth, no one rarely walks past her physically she must look nuts, poor girl has not developed a complex.

and its not overly safe tying a dog up outside i odnt think, although i have no alternative. not only can they get hurt by others, they cna get stolen but most worrying is that they can hang themselves and choke if so inclined. but i am never in the store for long, i feel bad leaving her outside like she is a freak.

your all soooo lucky i cant belive it, if i ever own a store of business i will be sure to make it a very very dog friendly place. :D

Puppyluv
October 12th, 2005, 06:09 PM
The local beer stores allways have a treat for her behind the counter and she knows it,
Do they ever have a treat for you behind the counter? Because that's what really counts at the beer store :D

BMDLuver
October 12th, 2005, 06:46 PM
Do they ever have a treat for you behind the counter? Because that's what really counts at the beer store :D
lmao.

This thread reminds me of how you used to be able to go through timmies and your dog would be handed a timbit... now they aren't allowed for health reasons. :rolleyes:

When I was in Brussels for a week, most places we dined you would see dogs sitting at tables on a chair or on someone's lap... of course, that would be hard to do with a Bernese! :D

mafiaprincess
October 13th, 2005, 04:03 AM
BMD, true, but if I have my dog and I am going through the drive through I order a timbit and tell them it's for my dog, and it's always free.

I never knew. Ex bf took me through timmies and then took Cider and I to the lake. He got her 3 free timbits she was so darn cute..

Schwinn
October 13th, 2005, 10:59 AM
The local beer stores allways have a treat for her behind the counter.

You know, if someone told me they went in the beerstore, and were standing in line behind a dog, two things would go through my mind. 1)Perhaps they already have enough beer and 2)is it the same big blue one that was always making fun of me when I came home from the bars while in university.

Maybe I should clarify...I don't have a problem with people bringing thier animals into stores. I have a problem with people assuming they can, or that the rules don't apply to them (I've been a few places where there's a sign on the door, but people take thier dogs in anyway, and the staff is too intimadated or just doesn't care to say anything). I guess it's more of a consideration issue with me. It's like someone Cheryl used to work with, if they were invited anywhere, the husband was a smoker, and if you asked him not to smoke, he'd tell you that you should have thought of that when you invited him. They were never invited over, because Cheryl felt that it was best if I didn't go back into bouncer mode, but I digress...

I don't have a problem with stores allowing animals in, I just think that it is inconsiderate to others to assume it is allowed, and since it is out of the norm, I don't think it makes sense for people to be offended. And what REALLY irks me are when people do things with the attitude of "They won't say anything, so why shouldn't I?".

I also realize that maybe I should start drinking coffee so I can switch to de-caf! :D

doggy lover
October 13th, 2005, 06:45 PM
I have only taken Tucker into petstores, I have never thought to take him into other stores though I do see people with little dogs in many stores. I have also taken Tucker to outside flea markets.

Schwinn
October 17th, 2005, 01:46 PM
I have also taken Tucker to outside flea markets.


Hmmm...that just seems to be tempting fate there. :D

Prin
October 17th, 2005, 02:04 PM
LOL tempting fate... Fleas... Hee hee...
I have to say, I would love to bring my doggies everywhere, but the bottom line is, people are allergic to dogs. Little kids are allergic to dogs and they can set of a huge, life-threatening asthma attack. These people should not be forced to shop WITH a dog if they don't want to. If you're in a petshop with allergies, well, you brought it on yourself. ;)

That said, I think the same rules should apply for perfume. I've had a couple of classes where I've sat NEAR a girly with perfume on and I sneeze until my eyes bug out. Not too pleasant. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to have people allergic to ME. It's called "take a shower", not "cover it up with perfume and nobody will notice".

StaceyB
October 17th, 2005, 02:18 PM
My husband is a little more aware of the dogs coming in since I had asked him about it and noticed several this week end. Many were little ones and another was a pit.

Tracey F
October 26th, 2005, 12:53 PM
When we went to Switzerland the Berners were everywhere..
in restaurants even...

They are wonderful to their dogs.

glasslass
October 26th, 2005, 02:24 PM
Aaah, one of the few things I miss about Germany. When I lived in Germany, I had a collie and she went everywhere with me. They always had treats for her at the Chinese restaraunt when I went in there to pick up my carry out order. She loved to say "hi" to everyone at the bar when we went to see my friend, the barkeep, every once in a while.

My Pom pup sure could use that kind of socializing!

I loved that in Germany! Also in Japan! They just were not allowed on the escalator. They were also expected to behave quietly - as in well-trained. Even in restaurants, I saw the occasional dog laying under the table sleeping.
I take Den-Den into my local Home Depot - never saw a sign and no one objected. Also into Orchard Supply and to the plant nursery. No way will I leave my dog in the car to be overheated, teased, or even stolen. At the nursery, they give him liver treats. The coffee drive-thru lady gave him a huge milk-bone when he was a puppy and he made a horrible mess in my car.