Be Dog Friendly

Be 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 8.5 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, we owe it to our canine companions to promote fairer access for them and their owners.


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.

Be Dog Friendly Week

Be Dog Friendly Week is five consecutive days dedicated to highlighting the positive benefits of being a dog friendly business and encouraging companies 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 business owners and managers to discover the many benefits of having a dog friendly establishment and to reach out to the nation's 8.5 million dog owners.

Be Dog Friendly Week 2017 will begin on Monday 24th July.

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 could ask your customers to nominate you for the DogFriendly Awards.

DogFriendly Awards, the UK’s largest online database of dog-friendly businesses, will hold the DogFriendly Awards in association with the Kennel Club this summer. The competition will reward a selection of places that are accessible and welcoming to dogs based completely on public nominations and votes.  Dog owners (and non-dog owners) can vote for their favourite dog friendly places and help get them the recognition they deserve. Nominations for the awards will open on 1st July 2017 and the winners will be announced in October 2017 at a presentation during Eukanuba Discover Dogs at the ExCeL in London.

To read more about the benefits of being a dog friendly business click here. Share your photos of dogs enjoying themselves in dog friendly places on the Kennel Club Facebook pageTwitter page and Instagram using the hashtag #BeDogFriendly.

'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. 

Search dog friendly businesses

The Kennel Club has partnered with 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 a free listing on the DogFriendly website so that dog owners can find you with ease? How to register:


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