Spring is coming…that means Restaurant Patio Dining Season for those of us in Arizona.
And dog etiquette is something we could all use a refresher on.
We love our beautiful weather in the Valley of the Sun. Many of us enjoy bringing our dog along when we dine out. It is important to find out if the restaurant patio you are heading to allows dogs. Make sure they allow all well-behaved dogs and not just Service Dogs. Plan ahead, bring your dog a mat or blanket if that keeps your dog more comfortable.
It is definitely a privilege to be able to bring your dog out to a restaurant with you.
Let’s remember all the rules of dog etiquette when we do so.
- Make sure it is not too hot or too cold out before bringing your dog along with you.
- Remember your leash! Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
- Have a collar on your pet with a current dog tag.
- Be sensitive to other diners and make sure to keep your pets away from the table top area.
- Keep your pet from wandering over to other peoples and tables.
- You should bring your own pet water bowl with you, or ask if the restaurant has one, do not use the table dishes. Your pet should never drink from your glass, lick your plate, lick your bowl or utensils, unless these items are completely disposable.
- Make sure your pet has gone to the bathroom before you enter the patio, you don’t want an accident to occur. Clean up after your dog properly and always have clean-up supplies on your person.
- Make sure you are bringing a well socialized dog that can be around noise, strangers and children.
- If your pet is barking, anxious or jumping around, you should come back another time when your pet is feeling calmer.
- You are responsible and liable for all your pet’s actions, no matter what occurs, you are responsible to keep your pet safe.
Keep Dog Friendly Patios Available For All
Following these simple rules will keep the patio open to our furry friends and not cause the restaurant to change their mind! The restaurants have rules they must follow with health codes and state ordinances. Thank you for respecting these.