With one in nine (11%) dog owners drinking at a pub at least once a week and one in five (20%) going once a month, beer gardens are a popular destination for dog owners and their four-legged friends.
While most pubs and bars in the UK now allow dogs – a great move for the millions of dog owners in the UK – many drinking establishments have banned them because of ‘unpredictable’ behaviour.
To ensure furry friends are invited back to the beer garden, pet food experts, Webbox, have put together some useful tips on how to keep your pet calm and on their best behaviour.
bring a blanket
Keep your dog on the lead and encourage them to settle or lie down next to you – bringing their blanket from home can help encourage this.
Drop a Treat
When your pet settles, drop a yummy treat on the floor next to them and keep doing this, leaving a longer gap between each treat-drop, in order to help them stay settled.
A longer lasting treat such as a Natural Yak Cheese Bar will keep them occupied whilst you enjoy a well-deserved pint.
Eat at home
Consider eating before you go to the pub, as your pet may beg and get excited by the smell of your food. Ensure your dog is also well fed ahead of the outgoing too, to ensure they don’t go hunting for scraps from other people’s plates.
Tire them out
Make sure your dog has had enough exercise before heading to the pub. A nice long walk with your dog will ensure they burn off any excess energy, encouraging them to be more relaxed in the pub.
Make sure when you enter the pub you choose a table in a quiet area, away from other dogs if possible.
Opt for Shade
If the weather is warm, ensure they have access to shade either under an umbrella or under your table.This will encourage your dog to feel relaxed and get them used to being out and about with lots of distractions.
Visit Dog-friendly places
It may seem obvious but visit dog-friendly places that can cater fully for your pooch.
Clear signs, water bowls, treats and even a full dog menu will put your mind at ease that your dog will be welcomed, and the experience made all the better for both of you.
Notice the signs
If dogs are uncomfortable with their environment they will display behaviors such as sneezing, yawning and avoiding eye contact.
If you sense your dog becoming anxious or worried, it’s best just to calmly leave the pub.
Nutritionist at Webbox, Jennifer Dean said: “It’s unhealthy to leave dogs at home on their own for long periods of time, especially when the weather is hot, so a trip out to the pub is a great social experience for them.
Some pubs are extremely welcoming to dogs, but others aren’t so much, so keeping your pooch on their best behaviour will help staff see how having pets in pubs is a great idea – making your experience, and the experience of those around you, much more enjoyable.”