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With the announcement earlier this year that John Lewis has lifted the ban on dogs in all its department stores, being able to bring your dog into shops might be becoming a thing of the future!

In January of this year, John Lewis & Partners, which has department stores across the UK, said it will now be allowing “well-behaved” dogs “on a fixed lead at all times” – unless carried – into its stores, joining other shops such as Liberties and Selfridges, and many pet shops and independent retailers.

In a statement, Peter Cross, Customer Experience Director at John Lewis & Partners said, “We trialled allowing dogs in our Peter Jones shop last year and it was a big success so we now welcome dogs in all our shops. We have had very positive feedback from our customers and all our four-legged shoppers so far have been very well behaved!”

Welcoming the announcement was Dogs Trust who have provided advice for dog owners who wish to take their four-legged friends shopping with them.

Emma Armitage, Head Coach at Dog School Dogs Trust Manchester, said, “We are pleased to see a major high street brand open the doors of its stores to all dogs, reducing the risk of dogs being left at home, unattended in the street or in the car for long periods of time.

“If we want more stores to follow in their pawprints, it’s important for all dog owners to make sure their dog’s etiquette in shops is up to scratch.

“It’s vital for dogs to be properly trained as puppies, and our Dog School classes help owners read their dog’s behaviour and build on their training skills to ensure they are calm and well behaved in a shop environment, and be confident around people.”

Top tips for shopping with dogs

  1. Always keep your dog on a lead.
  2. If you have a small dog, consider carrying them around to prevent them being caught underfoot on a busy shop floor.
  3. Consider how sociable your dog is and whether they will be comfortable walking through the hustle and bustle of the retail jungle, with distractions around every corner.
  4. Be respectful of other shoppers, not everyone is going to be as comfortable around dogs as you are.
  5. You know your dog best, so consider what they might get excited by in the store, how they might react and any areas of the store you may need to avoid.
  6. Check whether there are restrictions for going into certain areas of the store.

Be aware of other dogs in the store. If you do meet a dog when out and about, always approach them slowly, calmly and quietly. Don’t walk directly towards their head or face. Always greet a dog from the side giving them as much space as possible.

Dog training classes can help dogs of all ages learn important skills such as walking nicely on a lead and settling when required. To find out more about Dogs Trust Dog School classes go to www.dogstrustdogschool.org.uk

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