Be Dog Friendly, supported by Dog Friendly, is a campaign run by
the Kennel Club which aims to reward and encourage businesses and
public places across the UK to adopt a dog friendly attitude
towards the nation's 8 million dogs.
Dogs are often regarded as man's best friend, but unfortunately
do not always get treated as such, with dog owners finding it
difficult at times to go to shops, restaurants and other places
with their four-legged friends. Whilst there are over
32,000 businesses and public places listed on dogfriendly.co.uk, we owe
it to our canine companions to promote fairer access for them and
Did you know?
There is a misconception in the UK that dogs are not allowed in
premises where food is served, such as restaurants and cafes. This
is not the case: it is only food preparation areas that are out of
bounds, not areas where food is served and sold. The only legal
obligation on the owner of such a place is to make sure there is no
risk of contamination and that all food preparation areas are up to
specified hygiene standards, as set out in EU Regulation (EC)
852/2004, Annex II, applied in the UK by the Food Hygiene
Why should you be dog friendly?
There are many benefits for businesses and workplaces that
decide to open their doors to the nation's dog owners and their
dogs. Not only are there financial benefits but it also improves
atmosphere, productivity and much more. Read more about the
benefits of being Dog Friendly here.
Be Dog Friendly Awards
Every year, the Kennel Club rewards a selection of places that
are accessible and welcoming to dogs in the Be Dog Friendly Awards,
which is based completely on public nominations. Dog owners
(and non-dog owners) can vote for their favourite dog friendly
places and help get them the recognition they deserve.
The Be Dog Friendly Awards competition is now
For updates and information on the 2016 competition and how to
nominate/vote, please keep an eye on this page and www.bedogfriendlyawards.com
in the coming months.
Be Dog Friendly Week
Be Dog Friendly Week is a week dedicated to encouraging
businesses and workplaces to trial a dog friendly policy for
well-behaved dogs - whether for just a day or the whole week. It is
the perfect opportunity for businesses owners and managers to
discover the many benefits of having a dog friendly establishment
and to reach out to the nation's 8 million dog owners.
If you are a business why not try taking part in the week and
seeing what benefits it can bring to you and your customers? The
Kennel Club and Be Dog Friendly have lots of information and advice
to ensure that your dog friendly policy is a tail wagging success.
If you decide to continue as a dog friendly business you can ask
your customers to nominate you for the prestigious Be Dog Friendly
To read more about the benefits of being a dog friendly business
click here, and to request a Be Dog Friendly Awards Pack to
help encourage people to vote for your business in the Be Dog
Friendly Awards click
here. Share your photos of dogs enjoying themselves in dog
friendly places on the Kennel Club Facebook page, Twitter page and Instagram using
the hashtag #BeDogFriendly.
'Petiquette': tips to ensure your dog is welcome
As dog owners we need to ensure that the experience of a
business or workplace welcoming your dog into their premises is a
positive one. Click here to find out more about the
correct 'petiquette' to ensure your dog is welcomed into dog
friendly businesses again and again. Download the poster
Search dog friendly businesses
The Kennel Club has partnered with dogfriendly.co.uk to help dog
owners search for dog friendly places throughout the UK. To find
dog friendly pubs, restaurants, beaches, shops and much more, click here.
Sign up to be a dog friendly business
If you are a dog friendly business why not sign up for your free
listing on the dogfriendly website so that dog owners can find you
How to register: www.dogfriendly.co.uk