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25 Dog-Friendly Stores in the US (2024 Update)

Written by: Codee Chessher

Last Updated on May 31, 2024 by Dogster Team

Doberman pinscher dog on leash sitting on the floor in a pet store

25 Dog-Friendly Stores in the US (2024 Update)

It can be challenging to shop with your dog in tow, with most stores not allowing our four-legged friends inside due to health reasons. The good news is that there are a lot of stores that have more welcoming pet policies, so you can get some of your shopping done while your best furry friend gets to tag along.

Let’s check out the most dog-friendly stores you can take your dog down below, and what exactly their policies are.

Top 25 Dog-Friendly Stores in the US

1. PetSmart

Petsmart store
Petsmart store (Image Credit: Mike Mozart, Wikimedia Commons CC BY 2.0)
All or some locations? All locations

It’s only natural for a pet store to allow dogs, and PetSmart doesn’t disappoint. Every single one of their 1,650+ stores allows not just well-behaved dogs on a leash but cats, birds, and various other household pets with appropriate leashes or travel habitats.


2. Petco

All or some locations? All locations

Just like PetSmart, Petco welcomes all types of domestic pets in their 1,400+ stores across the US. All pets must be appropriately restrained, vaccinated, and on their best behavior when visiting this pet Mecca. Along with PetSmart, Petco makes the perfect afternoon trip with your best four-legged friend.


3. The Home Depot

Home Depot Manteca, California
Image Credit: Home Depot Manteca, California (TaurusEmerald, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 4.0 International)
All or some locations? Some locations

The Home Depot has a long history as a dog-friendly home improvement chain, and that continues today as well. Unlike other stores, Home Depot’s dog policy can vary by location according to the store manager’s discretion, and some locations may turn your dog away at the door.

We recommend calling before setting out to visit your local store with your pooch.


4. Michael’s

All or some locations? All locations

As a craft store chain, Michael’s understands that our pets are very involved in our creative pursuits and often even serve as inspiration for our crafts. That’s why they’re happy to welcome all leashed and vaccinated pet dogs and cats on their best behavior.


5. Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby Stow Ohio
Hobby Lobby Stow Ohio (Image Credit: DangApricot, via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0)
All or some locations? Most locations

Hobby Lobby is another wildly popular craft supply franchise that welcomes all our creative four-legged friends, canine and feline. There’s no exact policy written on their website, but most online sources indicate that Hobby Lobby stores are typically welcoming to pets. Some stores may not adhere to this unofficial policy, however, so beware.


6. Nordstrom

All or some locations? All locations

Known for their clothes, shoes, and jewelry, Nordstrom is one of the only luxury department store chains that welcome dogs in their stores. Of course, you’ll want to keep them on a short leash around all that expensive merchandise. Not only that, but dogs are relatively rare in these stores despite the welcoming pet policy, so it’s even more important for your furry friend to stay on their best behavior.


7. Harbor Freight

Harbor Freight Tools Vernon, Connecticut
Harbor Freight Tools Vernon, Connecticut (Image Credit: JJBers from Willimantic, Connecticut, USA, via Wikimedia Commons CC BY 2.0)
All or some locations? All locations

DIYers with dogs know they love following you around while you work or putter around the house, and they can join you in all Harbor Freight store locations, too. There’s usually even a limited selection of pet-related stuff, but that varies by location.

Make sure to have your dog go potty before leaving to prevent any accidents because you’d be responsible for cleaning them up.


8. Tractor Supply Co.

All or some locations? All locations

Tractor Supply Co. is friendly towards all well-behaved domestic critters, so you may see farm animals like goats or ducks while shopping for chicken feed or whatever else you’re picking up. It’s very important your pooch is well socialized before visiting a Tractor Supply Co. to avoid any unprompted aggression towards other store patrons’ pets.


9. T.J. Maxx

T.J. Maxx
T.J. Maxx (Image Credit: Anthony92931, via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0)
All or some locations? Some locations

This casual clothing chain is technically not dog-friendly according to its corporate policy, but many individuals across the web report being welcomed. It’s really down to the store manager’s policy and how strict they are about enforcing it at their location, but we strongly suggest calling before packing Fido up to go shopping.


10. Bass Pro Shop

All or some locations? All locations

We’re sure you’ll be delighted to hear that your favorite four-legged fishing buddy can come with you to any Bass Pro Shop to pick up more tackle, a new rod, boating gear, or other outdoor supplies before your new outing. As with any store, some locations may not be dog-friendly if state or local law specifically prohibits it.


11. Ross

Ross Dress for Less, Gleason Place Lake City
Ross Dress for Less, Gleason Place Lake City (Image Credit: Michael Rivera, via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0)
All or some locations? Some locations

Owned by the same company as T.J. Maxx, Ross has the same official “no dogs inside” stance, but again, users online have reported taking their dogs to Ross with varying levels of success. We wouldn’t assume every store allows it, but it won’t hurt to make a phone call to confirm before departing.


12. Joann Fabrics

All or some locations? All locations

When it’s getting a little nippy outside, it might be time to stock up on crafting supplies to knit your favorite canine a nice warm sweater, and where better to shop than Joann Fabrics? They sell a lot of the same materials and stuff as Michael’s but with a larger selection of items in all budget ranges.


13. Pottery Barn

All or some locations? All locations

Chock full of furniture, decorations, and other household items, Pottery Barn is a worthwhile afternoon shopping destination that wholeheartedly welcomes dogs in all their locations. Our pooches will need to be on a leash and on their best behavior when visiting the store, and it’s especially important considering the fragility of some of the merchandise on offer.


14. Bed Bath & Beyond

Beaverton Bed Bath & Beyond
Beaverton Bed Bath & Beyond (Image Credit: Jason McHuff from Portland, Oregon, via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)
All or some locations? All locations

Bed Bath & Beyond is a one-stop shop for all kinds of home products, from shower racks to soaps and towels. Luckily enough, this major retailer is also dog-friendly, with some locations providing special doggy carts for patrons to use while perusing the store.


15. Macy’s

All or some locations? Most locations

You may not expect an iconic high-end department store like Macy’s to allow dogs inside, but they’re actually very dog-friendly! Macy’s doesn’t have an official policy one way or the other, but according to online reports, most locations let well-behaved dogs inside the store.

This may not apply to mall locations, so it’s best to check ahead of time.


16. Gap

All or some locations? Most locations

Gap is one of the biggest retailers in the world and one of the best places to pick up a new pair of jeans with your dog at your side. While most people see Gap as a younger person brand, they sell clothes for all ages, as well as some other hygiene products, like soaps.


17. Old Navy

Old Navy Promenade
Old Navy Promenade (Image Credit: Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0))
All or some locations? Most locations

Surprisingly, Old Navy is actually owned by Gap and has an informal pet-friendly policy like Gap, too. While they’re not as huge as they used to be, Old Navy is still a solid place to go pick up some stylish and affordable clothes. As with other stores, Old Navy locations inside malls may not welcome dogs.


18. Cabela’s

All or some locations? Most locations

What would a hunter be without their noble hound at their side? Cabela’s, like Bass Pros Shop, is a very welcoming store for dogs of all breeds and ages as long as they’re safely leashed up. Some locations may not allow dogs inside if state/local law specifically forbids it, so we’d give them a call to make sure first.


19. Barnes & Noble

All or some locations? Some locations

Barnes & Noble is a booklover’s haven, but officially, your dog isn’t welcome at most locations. Store managers can bend this rule if they want, but it’s really up to their discretion. Like with other questionable stores, we recommend calling your nearby Barnes & Noble store to directly ask about their pet policy.


20. Victoria’s Secret

Victorias Secret Store
Victorias Secret Store (Image Credit: WestportWiki, via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0)
All or some locations? Most locations

Maybe not the first spot you’d expect to be able to bring a dog, but Victoria’s Secret officially welcomes dogs at nearly all of its store locations except where mall locations prohibit dogs. These stores are a bit crowded and cramped, so smaller dogs would probably do best—carriers are another viable transport option.


21. Marshalls

All or some locations? Some locations

Yet another possibility, Marshalls is the third clothing chain owned by the same company as T.J. Maxx and Ross. Similar to those two, Marshalls has an official no pets policy that some store managers are more lax about than others. You could try your luck calling your local Marshalls and asking, but it’s best not to assume.


22. Half Price Books

All or some locations? All locations

Half Price Books is the bookstore for dog owners who double as bookworms, and their mascot is even a dog! Leashed and purse dogs alike are welcome to roam the aisles with you in search of your next literary adventure in Half Price Books. Unlike Barnes & Noble, this chain will buy your old books from you and offer a variety of budget titles.


23. Ace Hardware

Schempers Ace Hardware Ripon California
Schempers Ace Hardware Ripon California (Image Credit: TaurusEmerald, via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0)
All or some locations? Most locations

Hardware stores seem to get it as far as knowing we want our dogs to accompany us on all our crafty household pursuits, including picking up new tools from Ace Hardware. Notable exceptions to this policy are some select franchisees bearing the Ace name, who can set their own pet policies by store.


24. Ann Taylor

All or some locations? Some locations

This relatively small women’s retailer is known for stylish workwear, and your dog is welcome to come help you pick out the perfect pair of pants on your next visit to Ann Taylor. Because this is a smaller chain, we’d call ahead before assuming the store won’t turn your dog away at the door.


25. Lush Cosmetics

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics (Image Credit: Donald Trung Quoc Don (Chữ Hán: 徵國單) – Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0)
All or some locations? All locations

One of the hottest cosmetics companies is also one of the most welcoming for our four-legged friends, and Lush Cosmetics has a very strict no-animal-testing policy that will help put you at ease shopping there. All of their products are certified vegan or vegetarian and are never tested on any animals.

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Conclusion

Unfortunately for dog parents, stores don’t usually post a sign saying that pups are welcome inside, but the silver lining is that there are a lot of pet-friendly stores that are happy to let you bring your dog inside with you to shop.

From Bass Pro Shop to Macy’s to Half Price Books, there are pet-friendly stores of all kinds to maximize the time you can spend adventuring with your best furry friend.

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