How To Not Get Kicked Out: Are Dogs Allowed In Walmart?
If you’re a pet lover, you would know how exciting it is to be able to bring your pet with you while shopping. However, there are some stores that do not allow big pets inside the store such as big dogs. Unless they are “service dogs”.
As for today’s article we will be answering the question: are dogs allowed in Walmart? Stay tuned to find out! Major retail stores such as Macy’s, Walmart, Costco and Barnes & Noble among all others are some of the most common destinations where taking pets seem to be a good idea, after all.
What Are Service Dogs And Why Are They Allowed?
- There has been this issue recently that dogs will only be allowed inside stores/malls if they are service dogs. Service dogs are similar to therapy dogs. They are specifically trained and meant to be of help to people with disabilities.
- People with visual and/or hearing impairments, mobility problems, mental illnesses or even those with post traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) are usually the ones assisted by these service dogs. However, there are still different types of service dogs and ways to get your furry friend certified as a service dog.
So, Are Ordinary Dogs Allowed In Walmart?
Now, back to the real question. Are dogs allowed in Walmart?
So to answer this question: technically, yes, they are allowed. However, only if they are service dogs. They won’t ask you of any certifications if your dog is a service dog. But keep in mind, that it might not be the same for all Walmart branches. Some store managers carry out different policies.
There are a lot of experiences as well that you can read online testifying to this. For a few weeks you might find that you can bring your dog as smoothly. But the week after (with a different greeter), you and your furry friend might find yourselves kicked out.
For short, sometimes it isn’t even consistent.
Before bringing your dog, It would be best to call the store first and confirm if the branch you will be going to allows dogs. Unfortunately though, some people get away with this rule by claiming that their dog is a service dog even if the dog isn’t.
That is also the reason why technically speaking, Walmart allows dogs (service or not) into their stores. This idea, however, is not something we are promoting.
Although there are no heavy sanctions from malls for bringing pets (other than getting kicked out or not being allowed inside), it is best to play by the rules. There are reasons as to why our dear pooches aren’t allowed into a lot of stores (especially those that sell food).