The weather is heating up, which means it is officially patio season! If you are looking for a fun way to get outside with your dog and spend time with friends and family, check your city for pup-friendly bars and patios.
First, make sure you know the rules
State and city laws vary when it comes to dogs and patios. Make sure you know if dogs are allowed before you try to go to a restaurant or bar. Depending on the state or city, restaurants can apply for permits to let dogs on the patio. A quick call ahead can help you avoid breaking any rules.
Bring a leash
Even if your pup is extremely well-behaved, it is best to keep him on a leash while you are on the patio. It may even be required by the restaurant. This will keep him from wandering around and can help make sure he isn’t eating food off the ground.
Water is important
Patio season usually means it is pretty hot outside. Bring a portable water bowl to fill up at the restaurant to keep your dog hydrated. Even if you won’t be out long, you should have water on hand so your dog doesn’t overheat.
Bring some treats
The best way to keep your dog from eating food he shouldn’t is to bring treats for him to munch on. If he is able to snack on dog treats while you are eating, he won’t need to beg or hunt for crumbs. Vita Bone Artisan Inspired Biscuits smell great and will definitely keep your dog distracted while you enjoy a meal.
If it is too hot, stay home
Dogs can’t stay out in the heat for as long as humans can. Their fur can make them very hot, especially under direct sunlight. If the temperatures are really high, leave your pup at home. This is the easiest way to ensure your pet is safe from overheating.
If you aren’t sure where to find dog-friendly restaurants and bars, check out this website. Enter your city in the search bar to discover your options. Just be sure to call ahead to confirm.