30+ Best Dog Friendly Stores

It’s shopping season!  Get quality time with your pooch and have them sniff out the perfect gift.  These big name stores may just love them as much as you do!

Here are a list of stores that you can take your doggo to all or most of the time.  (We've also included a short list with a 'hard no' for dogs - no judgement).

There are some best practice guidelines that are common for dog owners, but these friendly reminders make for the best experience for you, your dog, and other shoppers:

  1. Call ahead.  If you are unsure about the dog policy, you can check online or give a quick ring to customer service.

  2. Start slow.  If you or your dog are new to shopping together or visiting public places, take it slow.  Make a quick trip for the experience, you may not even have to buy anything.  Read your dog's cues and adjust accordingly.  Also, it may be best to plan your adventure during a less busy time of day.  Let's set everyone up for success!

  3. Use a leash.  Keeping your dog on a short lead will ensure comfort and safety for your dog, yourself, and for others.  This is also mindful for other shoppers who may not be as adapted to dogs.

  4. Potty.  Being prepared for potty needs are essential.  Allow your dog to go before entering, but also having supplies for any accidents.  You just never know on this one!  This combo on amazon is cost effective, leak proof bags, and has a dispenser with flashlight-  A one stop shop!


Now let's get to the good stuff!

Stores allowing dogs all of the time:

These stores qualify for happy places for both you and your pet.  Tail wags, here we come!
  • Petco
  • Petsmart
  • Tractor supply
  • Nordstrom
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Harbor Freight
  • Orvis
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Michaels
  • JoAnn Fabrics
  • Everlane


Stores allowing dogs most locations:

While most of these companies are dog lovers, some sites are unable to accept dogs since they may be located inside a mall or shopping center.  Some states also have varying guidelines regarding pets.

Nonetheless, these are really great options likely to get that shopping vibe going in the right direction!

  • Home Depot
  • Lowe's
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Apple Store
  • Pottery Barn
  • Macy’s (special shout out to placing adoptable dogs in their window displays one year!)
  • TJ Maxx- Marshalls – Home Goods
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Cabela’s
  • Gap
  • Restoration Hardware
  • Old Navy
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Ross
  • Ann Taylor & LOFT
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • L.L. Bean
  • Warby Parker
  • Sephora
  • American Eagle
  • AutoZone
  • Pepboys
  • West Elm

Stores that do not allow dogs:

We aren't judging here!  Some folks just can't accept all customers.  These ones just happen to be four-legged.

  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Costco
  • Ikea
  • Whole Foods

Making memories are for any season!  Engaging your dog with your daily life has exceptional benefits, so there's no time like now to get out and get active with your dog.

Live Healthy.  Live Happy.

November 03, 2022 — lori glassbrenner