Dining Out with Dino: How to Do It with EaseGoing out to dinner may be a favorite human pastime, but doing so with a dog can be trickier than expected! Many dogs may bark, whine, beg, or otherwise turn your eating out experience into a miserable night out. Here are some tips and tricks to make it a fun time for everyone.
Like a Boy Scout, Aways Be Prepared!
A little appetizer in the tummy?It’s always a good idea to start the night out right, and make sure your dog is well-fed before they come out to dinner with you. If they have a full stomach, they’re much less likely to whine or try to steal food from the table. After all, you wouldn’t like going out to a restaurant full of good smells if you were starving and couldn’t have any, and we bet neither would your dog!
Tuckered Out Means Less TroubleAnother good pre-restaurant tip, especially for a hyperactive dog, is to wear them out a little with a long walk or play session. If they have fun and expend some energy, they’re more likely to sit or lie still while you enjoy your meal.
Know the Terrain & Make Sure the Welcome Mat is OutPerhaps the most important step prior to heading out the door is to know where your dog will be welcomed. Some restaurants have policies against accepting dogs, and in some places it may be against the health code. However, you can look online ahead of time to make sure the place you want to go to will welcome your furry friend.
Finding Pet-Friendly Dining
DogFriendly.com has many topics for sharing life with your pup outside the house. Sites such as DogFriendly.com are great for this. DogFriendly.com provides a worldwide guide not only to restaurants, but to other pet-friendly places such as hotels and beaches! Simply click on the state you’re in for the interactive U.S. version. Another great option for finding places to go with your dog is BringFido.com. In addition to a list of dog-friendly restaurants and tips on travel, it also offers a list of top 25 US cities that are rated overall dog-friendly, so you can browse for a new vacation spot! The website allows people to post and view pet-related events by region as well. And BringFido also has an active Facebook page with giveaways for those into that sort of thing.