If you’re the kind of person who goes everywhere with your dog — from around the block to around the world — you’re probably wondering what the guidelines are regarding exactly where you can take your pooch in each city. And since this is The Daily Meal, we’re especially curious about the rules in restaurants.
Unsurprisingly, this is a polarizing issue. Dog owners are often absolutely gaga over their furry family members, and the fact that they might be barred from bringing them anywhere — eateries, museums, on public transportation — is appalling. Yet others are appalled that anyone would think to bring their mutt to a place where people are eating. Besides the fact that floating fur can easily find its way into food, you also run the risk of aggravating the allergies of a fellow diner. And great Cesar Millan’s ghost, can you imagine how much the brief barking could bother people expecting a peaceful meal?
Countries, cities, and individual restaurants thus have a difficult decision to make regarding doggie dining. How do you appear inclusive while not compromising public health and safety? There’s no single answer to this question, which is why the rules can vary greatly around the world.
In order to assist animal-lovers on their adventures, we’ve checked out the rules in 10 major cities so you don’t have to. Here’s what you need to know before the next time you and your canine companion sit down (or roll over) for a restaurant meal.