Rules for entering shopping centers with a dog

Over the years, it has become increasingly easier to find a dog-friendly establishment where your pet can enter.

Just a few years ago, the idea of ​​entering a mall with a dog was completely unthinkable. However, although there is still a long way to go, More and more businesses are opening their doors to our pets. and thus received the status of dog-friendly establishments.

In Spain, approximately 40% of families have at least one pet. and for all of them this achievement was perceived as great news. Families can now punctually head to the mall for a drink or run an errand in the company of their pet. However, it is very important to keep in mind that These visits cannot replace walks in natural spaces.since they represent the territory through which animals need to move.

The dog must behave appropriately to be able to enter.The dog must behave appropriately to be able to enter.

According to research carried out by Pipper on Tour, in Spain 30.2% of shopping centers allow their customers to bring their dogs on a leash. on a leash and wear a muzzle if they are potentially dangerous. Another 36.3% also allow the import of animals, but are more restrictive as only small dogs are welcome. in hand, carrier or bag. The remaining 33.5% of Spanish shopping centers prohibit dogs, although some stores allow them inside.

General rules for entering a shopping center with a dog

Before you visit one of these pet-friendly centers with your four-legged companion, you should know that there are certain general rules they must follow once inside the facility. If implemented correctly, it will serve as an example that the number of “dog friendly” businesses will continue to grow. in our country and so that those people who do not like dogs begin to get used to them.

  1. First of all, It is very important that the dog maintains appropriate behavior.. This means that if your pet has not received proper training and therefore may constantly bark at strangers or frequently relieve himself in an establishment, it is best to do without his company.
  2. The animal must always be tied and walk on the ground with its owner; it is forbidden to climb on furniture. . There are other, less permissive establishments that, as already mentioned, allow entry in the owner’s arms, in a bag or carrier, so dogs must be small in size.
  3. If your pet relieves itself in a shopping mall, you should clean up its droppings immediately. However, If you are caught without your bags, you must inform staff. establishment so that it can assist you and provide you with bags.
  4. For the safety of your pet, there is one more rule: go up or down on the floor. don’t use escalators, since they are very dangerous for their paws. Instead, you will have to use a manual staircase or elevator. However, in the latter case Ideally, before you enter the elevator, you ask the people inside. If they have a problem with you coming in with your pet.
  5. As established by law, Another rule to keep in mind is that if your pet is a potentially dangerous (PPP) dog, he must not only be on a leash, but also muzzled..

Each business reserves the right to accept your pet.

Finally, you should know that even if your pet is allowed into the mall, Once inside, each business has its own policy and decides whether your dog can come inside.. Although it is always best to ask before entering each store, stores such as Primark, Decathlon or those belonging to the Inditex chain accept our animals in almost all of their stores. Of course, everyone has their own rules, very similar to those mentioned above.

You must wear him on a leashYou must wear him on a leash

Another recent case of businesses allowing dogs is El Corte Inglés. Since August 2019, clients are allowed access to the salon with their pets, as long as they do not exceed 10 kilograms, are tied, controlled and kept with their owner and Don’t go into a supermarket or restaurant..

Catalonia is Spain’s most dog-friendly territory

This authorization has not been applied uniformly throughout Spain, as there are large differences between some autonomous communities and others.according to research conducted by Pipper on Tour. The leader is Catalonia, the Spanish territory with the largest number of dog complexes (up to 79%).. They are followed by communities such as the Balearic or Canary Islands, where more than half of the shopping centers accept dogs, or the Valencian Community, where they are well accepted in about one 33% establishments.

In some establishments they must be carried in a carrier.In some establishments they must be carried in a carrier.

On the opposite side are the autonomous communities such as Ceuta, Melilla, Navarre and Cantabria, where dogs are not allowed under any circumstances.. Next come Extremadura and La Rioja, where some establishments allow customers to enter with dogs in their arms or in a carrier. Finally It is worth mentioning the example of Madrid, which, despite being the capital of the country, is very far from cities such as Catalonia when it comes to “allowance for dogs”. as only 9% of their malls allow customers with pets.

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