Be Dog Friendly

Be Dog Friendly is a campaign run by the Kennel Club which aims to encourage businesses and public places across the UK to adopt a dog friendly attitude towards the nation's millions of 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.

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 Regulations 2013.

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.

'Petiquette': tips to ensure your dog is welcome

As dog owners you want 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.


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