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It’s official: the holiday season is upon us. Which means you’re probably looking forward to spending as much time as possible cozy around the fire, eating pumpkin pie and drinking eggnog. But something else you’re sure to be spending a lot of time on these next few months?
Shopping. Lots and lots of shopping.
With so much to do this time of year (Get decorations! Stock the pantry with holiday treats! Buy ALL THE GIFTS!), it can seem like you spend all of your time in one store or another. And what better way to make all the necessary shopping excursions more manageable (and fun!) than bringing your trusty, four-legged sidekick along for the ride?
Luckily, more and more stores are adopting dog-friendly policies, which will allow you to have your pup by your side as you cross all the items of your holiday shopping to-do list.
Here are 34 national retailers with pet-friendly policies sure to make holiday shopping a lot less wag-gravating:
Book retailer Half Price Books prides itself on being dog-friendly (in fact, in the stores early days, they had so many workers wanted to bring their dogs to work, they had to limit their employees to two pups per store!), but whether a dog is allowed in a specific location is left up to that store’s individual manager. If your location does allow dogs, all they ask is you keep your pup on a leash and make sure they’re well-behaved and don’t disrupt any other customer’s shopping experience.
2. Gander Outdoors
If your holiday shopping list includes items like fishfinders, and hunting cameras, you’re definitely going to want to check out Gander Outdoors. And bring your hunting pup with you; Gander Outdoors has a liberal pet policy and welcomes your four-legged friends in-store.
Academy Sports + Outdoors is your one-stop shop for all things athletic. And while they don’t have a pet policy posted on their website, shoppers from around the country have posted pics with their pups in-store—so most locations shouldn’t have a problem with you bringing your dog along to shop.
4. Abercrombie and Fitch
Pretty much everything from the 90s is back in style these days—and that includes uber-popular clothing retailer Abercrombie and Fitch. A&F welcomes dogs in their locations (since many malls are dog-friendly, this makes total sense!) so bring your pup along to help you choose the best graphic tee to add to your collection.
Michaels has everything you need to assemble the best holiday craft collection in town. And, according to their Facebook page, they’re also pet-friendly. So feel free to bring your pup when you shop for your holiday card supplies.
6. Hobby Lobby
If your hobby includes shopping with your pup, you’ll definitely want to check out Hobby Lobby, which has a pet-friendly policy in place in their stores. (Side note: While the company claims to be pet-friendly, there are a number of accounts online of people being turned away when bringing their dogs to store, so make sure you call ahead to confirm your location allows four-legged friends to shop!)
Ross Dress for Less is a discount department store that has everything from clothing to home accessories to shoes and accessories at 20 to 60 percent off retail prices. They even have an entire section dedicated to your pet! And the best part? You can bring your dog along to shop the pet section—according to Ross’ Facebook page, pets are welcome in all locations.
Sephora is the world’s largest beauty retailer and the best place to stock up on all the lipsticks, eyeliners, and face masks your heart desires. It’s also a great place to shop with your pup—although Sephora doesn’t have an official pet policy on its website, shoppers across the country have confirmed the stores are dog friendly.
9. Anny Taylor/Ann Taylor Loft
Ann Taylor—and their more casual offshoot LOFT—are a favorite among female shoppers. And especially female shoppers with dogs—while they don’t have an official pet policy, shoppers confirm that well-behaved pups are welcomed with open arms at Ann Taylor and LOFT locations across the country.
10. Tiffany & Co.
Everyone knows if you want to score the best diamonds in the world, you go to Tiffany & Co. What everyone might not know is that you can bring your pup to help you pick out the best diamond. According to an LA Times article, Tiffany & Co. doesn’t just tolerate dogs—they actually want you to bring them. “We love dogs,” said VP Jonathan Bruckner.
11. Bath and Body Works
Bath & Body Works—which shells candles, lotions, and body products in a variety of scents, from Cucumber Melon to Winter Candy Apple to Warm Vanilla Sugar—is not only a great place to stock up on great-smelling products for your home; it’s also a great place to shop with your pup. While the retailer doesn’t have a posted pet policy, shoppers confirm stores are dog-friendly. (Side note: some of the locations are on the smaller side and have narrow aisles, so you might want to consider leaving larger dogs at home.)
One thing you definitely need to stock up on during the holidays is holiday cards. Hallmark is one of the most recognizable stationary and card brands in the world—and, according to shoppers, also a fantastic place to shop with your dog.
13. Bed Bath & Beyond
When it comes to Bed, Bath, & Beyond, it looks like the “beyond” might stand for “beyond dog-friendly.” This major home retailer has a dog-friendly policy in all of their locations in the US. They even piloted a “canine cart” program in their NYC stores to deliver a comfortable and easy shopping experience for dogs and their owners.
14. Home Depot
With wide aisles and plenty of space to move around, Home Depot is pretty much a dog shopper’s dream. And the home retailer recognizes its stores are ideal for pet owners shopping with their pups, which is why they have a dog-friendly policy. Their only caveat? Make sure your dog is on a close leash and doesn’t disturb other shoppers.
15. Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn is known for high-end home furnishings—and apparently, they’re also known as a great place to shop with your dog! While the company doesn’t have a public pet policy, shoppers report the retailer typically has no problems with dogs shopping in their stores. (Just make sure your dog is well-trained and doesn’t jump on the furniture!)
Department stores are, for the most part, pretty dog-friendly—and that’s true for Macy’s, one of the most well-known department stores in the country. While Macy’s doesn’t have a public pet policy, multiple reports online show that shoppers have had no problem perusing the aisles with their four-legged friends. (Just make sure your pup is ok with crowds, as Macy’s can get pretty crowded—especially during the peak holiday shopping season.)
17. Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops are all about embracing the great outdoors—which is why it makes total sense that they’d allow customers to bring their pups along while they shop. The retailer has even hosted dog-centric events called Dog Days, with special activities geared towards pets and their owners.
18. Barnes and Noble
Barnes & Noble is a great place to sit, relax, and curl up with a good book. And the retailer has no problem with you doing that with your pup by your side! The only caveat? Dogs are not allowed inside their on-site coffee shops, so if you want a Macchiato to go with your new novel, leave Fido at home.
19. LUSH Cosmetics
LUSH Cosmetics is well-known in the industry as a cruelty-free line of beauty products. They love animals—and it shows in how they treat dogs! Pups are welcome at LUSH retail locations (with many shoppers reporting staff showering their dogs with treats, water, and lots of cuddles!).
20. Restoration Hardware
Restoration Hardware has some of the best housewares you’ll find at any retailer in the US. And lucky for you, they’re totally fine with you bringing your pup along to check out those housewares! While the company doesn’t share a pet policy on their website, many shoppers have reported a dog friendly experience when shopping in their stores (just make sure you keep your dog on a leash; if you break it, you buy it—and RH isn’t exactly cheap!).
Gap—and the entire Gap family of stores—welcome pups in their locations. According to a New York Times article, Gap’s corporate policy is to allow dogs in their retail locations (although managers can refuse service at their discretion, so make sure to call ahead).
Bloomingdale’s is one of the country’s chicest department stores—but it’s also one of the most dog friendly. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to peruse their aisles as long as they’re kept on a leash. (If you’re planning on eating at one of the iconic department store’s on-site restaurants, leave your pup at home—the restaurants don’t allow dogs.)
23. Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters is a magnet for hip, savvy millennial shoppers—and they welcome pups with open arms. Shoppers report locations across the country as being extremely dog-friendly, and the spacious, industrial-style layouts in most stores is ideal for shopping with your dog.
Anthropologie is one of the trendiest clothing and home furnishings retailers of today’s age. So it makes sense that they’re totally on-board with the trend of shopping with your pooch! You can bring your dog shopping with you to help pick out fun dog-themed merch (the retailer regularly has fun items like Dog Christmas ornaments or designer doggie bowls)—just make sure they stay on their leash!
25. Free People
Free People? How about free dogs?! This trendy retailer gives a thumbs up to shopping with your dog. They even have an on-trend line of pet accessories so both you and your pooch can walk away with something special.
26. Foot Locker
Foot Locker is so dog friendly, it might as well be called Paw Locker. While the shoe retailer doesn’t have an officially posted pet policy, there are plenty of reports online that say the stores are fine with bringing in your dogs. And because there typically aren’t many shoes displayed at floor level (shoes are typically displayed on the wall), your pup won’t be tempted to grab a shoe in his mouth (like he might do at home!)
Bebe is a women’s clothing retailer that has a pet-friendly policy that allows you to bring your furry “bebe” with you when you shop. While the company doesn’t have a published pet policy, many shoppers report being able to bring their dogs into stores.
Nordstrom is an upscale retailer known for their semi-annual sales, where shoppers can score some of the best deals in the retail world. But as it turns out, they also have quite the reputation as a dog friendly space. According to an LA Times article, dogs have been welcomed at Nordstrom for over three decades (just make sure your dog is well-behaved and on a leash).
29. Old Navy
Old Navy has something for the whole family—and that includes your dog! This retailer is a great place to bring your dog shopping; not only is the company dog friendly, but their stores are typically very spacious, which gives your four-legged friend plenty of space to roam around.
30. Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue has a reputation for being one of the fanciest department stores in the country, so you wouldn’t think they’d be thrilled with customers bringing their dogs to shop. But you’d be wrong! While Saks doesn’t have a posted pet policy, sources online confirm that well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.
31. Tractor Supply Co.
Despite the name, Tractor Supply Co. sells more than just tractor supplies; they’re a one-stop-shop for everything from lawn care, tools—even clothing and shoes! And as it turns out, they’re also a one-stop-shop to shopping with your pup. Pet owners have posted online about how friendly and welcoming the retailer is to dogs—according to some sources, there are even locations that host adoption events!
32. The Apple Store
Apple has been on the cutting-edge of technology since they launched in the 80’s. Which is why it’s no surprise that when they launched their retail locations, they instituted a dog-friendly policy before it was the norm. While The Apple Store doesn’t have their pet policy posted online, shoppers report that most locations are happy to accept dogs on leash. (Just keep in mind Apple stores can get super hectic—especially around the holidays. If your dog gets easily overwhelmed by crowds, probably best to leave him at home.)
33. Strand Bookstore
Next time you’re in NYC, make sure to stop by the Strand Bookstore; according to the company’s website, shoppers are welcome to bring their pups in to check out the newest releases.
34. Banana Republic
Banana Republic is known for being the go-to spot for chic office wear. But as it turns out, it’s also gaining a reputation as one of the most pet-friendly retailers around. According to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, not only does Banana Republic allow dogs in store, but many locations will stash treats behind the register to make sure your pup feels welcome.
35. Shop locally with your pet
All the retailers mentioned so far have been chains—but they’re not the only stores that allow pets! Most local liquor and wine stores have no problem with shoppers bringing their pets—just call ahead and ask the owner if it’s alright for your dog to come with you to stock up on holiday wine.
Looking for other local places to visit with your pet? Check out Bring Fido for recommendations on dog-friendly shopping, hotels, restaurants, and more!
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