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Not Very Four-legged Friendly!

Today is a sad day for all of us pet owners, as the massive pub chain J D Wetherspoon’s enacts a ban on all doggies in their pubs!

No dogs allowed

With almost 1000 branches across Britain, this is something that doggy lovers across the country will be affected by.

Although the chain has technically had a ‘no dogs’ policy since it opened in 1979, it has been lax on the policy in the past. They now plan to change up their approach, and be very strictly no dogs – both inside and out!

Although we know that a doggy’s owner is always loathe to see fault in their dog, we think a blanket ban on dogs in their pubs is sad, as it limits dog owners from enjoying a sociable meal or drink, accompanied by their furry companions. The majority of dogs are well behaved and well-trained, and it seems that perhaps those few doggies that can go a bit wild in new company have ruined it for the rest.


Eddie Gershon, Wetherspoon’s’ spokesman, made a statement to explain their decision, outlining that the brand believed dogs to be “unpredictable”.

“Even well-behaved dogs can be unpredictable”, he stated in a quote to the Independent newspaper on the 10th September; “every dog owner thinks their dog is perfect).”

Well, no arguments there I suppose – we do think our pups are perfect – but that doesn’t mean the majority of us don’t spend a lot of time trying to teach our pups manners, training them to be the most friendly, sociable and gentle they can be in all interactions, whether human or canine. That’s even more important around children, who, let’s face it, can sometimes push our pups to breaking point with a tail pull or heavy pet, as they don’t yet understand boundaries.

“We welcome a lot of children and families”, Gershon noted, implying that he thinks this is at odds to having pups about the place. He also believes that “younger children in particular can be unpredictable around dogs, and many are scared of dogs”.

Dogs can be unpredictable too, and we understand that some people are afraid of them. But it is an owner’s job to teach their furry friend the rules, and thus make for a doggy who is happy to interact with children, who, from our experience, are usually just trying to stroke and love the new dog they’ve met. Yes they’re unpredictable sometimes, but our pups are usually more than forgiving.

He added that the pubs “serve a lot of food” too (don’t most pubs?), implying perhaps that having pups around compromises his hygiene levels? Many of us who live with dogs can give testament to them being mucky characters – but all that requires is a more frequent clean. It doesn’t mean hygiene is compromised.

Although some of the arguments Gershon made in his statement are understandable, we are sad to see such a big chain make us unwelcome when accompanied by our furry Fidos – who most of the time simply enjoy lapping up a bit of water from their dogbowls and thumping their tails on the floors in pleasure at being in a new place, with new people. What a shame.


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