Hundreds of local dining establishments allow well-behaved, leashed dogs to lounge at their owners’ feet while they eat. In fact, if the restaurant has a patio, it’s likely to be pet-friendly. “It’s wonderful that San Diego is so dog-friendly, and that so many restaurants allow you to take your dog out in public, meet people, and practice good behavior,” says Shauna Romero, Community Training Coordinator at San Diego Humane Society. Before you do, however, Romero encourages that you ensure your dog completes a Canine Good Citizen or other basic behavior training course. Then, she says, practice appropriate public place behaviors in a quiet environment before adding in the extra excitement of other dogs and their human dining companions.
“Make sure your dog is well-behaved around people, children, and loud sounds, and that you can always have control of your dog, the ability to call him away from someone or something, and a cue to get his attention,” she adds. Here, Romero offers the following do’s and don’ts of dining out with your dog.