Dog Restaurant Etiquette  
Dogs at Restaurants - It's a privilege and not a right...
Remember, taking your dog out to dine with you at a restaurant is a privilege and not a right. Only well-mannered dogs that are supremely groomed should be accompanying you out for a meal. Even if the state or local laws permit, patio dining wtih your dog is offered solely as a courtesy by the restaurant. If your dog does not know the basics of Sit, Down and Stay, then consider dining without your canine companion or get your meal "to go" and come back when your dog does know the basics.

Tip for new dog restaurant attendees...

  • Take your dog for a walk beforge going to a restaurant so he doesn't have a need for a bathroom break near the dining area.

Tip for new dog park attendees...

  • Be sure you bring a tired dog or a worn out dog to a restaurant so he is less likely to have "ants in his pants" while you're dining.

General Rules for Dining with your Canine...

  • Leash your four-legged friend.
    • No extension leashes, ie Flexi-leads.
  • For safety purposes, leash your dog to your chair and not a table.
    • A dog tied to a table can results in spills.
  • Barking is not welcome.
    • This can frighten other patrons.
  • Keep your dog close so he is not in the waiter’s path.
    • Unless invited, dogs should not socialize with other diners, employees or fellow dogs.
  • Restaurant glases and dishes are not canine friendly.
    • Bring your own water bowl or ask for a disposable container.
  • Exercise your dog a courteous distance away from fellow diners.

While Eating...


  • Request a table on the edge, if possible, where there are fewer people and less distractions for your dog.
  • Get your canine pal to lie down under the table or as close to you as possible. Of course, this is dependent upon the size of your pal.
  • Keep your dog on lead.
  • Carry a bowl and treats for your dog.
  • Discourage your dog from begging.
  • Leave a nice tip for your server for graciously serving you and your canine dining companion.
  • Be prepared to leave your meal, pay your check and leave if your dog stresses or causes a disturbance.

While Eating...


  • Place your dog, even a small one, on the table, in your lap or on a chair next to you.
  • Let your dog eat off your plate or drink from your glass.
  • Feed your dog off your plate or silverware.
  • Put your plate (or any dinnerware) on the ground for your dog to eat from or lick.
  • Be upset if people refuse to be seated by you. Not everyone will share your enjoyment of your dog's prescence.
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