You never know where you might find a good place to park your pup while you’re out for a walk and find yourself wanting to take a side trip into Starbucks, the bank or the thrift store!
At Starbucks you can tie up your pup, place your order and head back outside. The Barista will deliver your drink to you and bring water for the doggy, too.
At the bank, just keep your dog on leash and likely you’ll be welcome inside. You will certainly be welcome in the Royal Bank of Canada on Shaugnessy Street in Port Coquitlam anyway. On a cold or rainy day, I sometimes buy my coffee at Starbucks and head over to the little seating area in the bank with Lucy. I drink my coffee, read the paper and hang out in comfort. Lucy snoozes on the rug and accepts pats from passers-by!
You’ll probably be able to take your dog into the dollar store, hardware store, thrift store, dry cleaners, car dealership, pretty much any kind of repair shop, fabric store, and even some pharmacies (Pharmasave on Shaugnessy for sure). Most places that don’t sell food will be pretty tolerant of your (well-behaved!) dog.
There are a lot of places that are more dog-friendly than you would guess. Both my chiropractors’ offices are dog-friendly. My hairdresser’s home salon is dog-friendly and so is Red Ruby, the hair salon I went to when my hairdresser was sick. Just ask!
By the way, it’s actually illegal in the city of Vancouver to tie your dog up in a public place and leave it unattended. There’s a $250 fine, but the bylaw is almost never enforced and most people don’t even know it exists. I couldn’t find out if there’s a similar law for the Tri-Cities area, so maybe we don’t have to worry about that. But, if you’re concerned, you should call your local City Hall.
If you do plan to leave your dog outside, it’s a good idea to get them used to it gradually. Pop into a store for a few seconds, then a minute or two, and so on. At first, Lucy howled like a wolf every time I went into a store, but, after conditioning her gradually, now she’s very calm and patient. Another good idea is to use the “place” command. The dog is taught to stay on any space that’s different from the surrounding area: mat, step, chair, log, etc. It works well for chairs outside Starbucks, Safeway or the thrift store, benches outside the library, etc. I have a big basket on the back of my adult trike and Lucy has a blanket in there, so she will happily stay in the basket while I shop for a few minutes. I make sure she’s tied so that if she jumps out for any reason, she has plenty of leash to safely reach the ground!