"We have to stay outside, unfortunately" - a note that we often read before shops, pubs, restaurants and in front of the supermarket. But does the sign have any legal value? And what do we do as a dog owner, when we spontaneously think about going for a walk, that we still have to do some shopping? Leashing the dog in front of the supermarket is not always the best idea.
Anyone who lays his dog in front of the supermarket usually does not do any good. Although some four-legged friends survive the time of waiting for master or mistress very bravely and without much effort - but the situation can also be very uncomfortable or even dangerous.
"Unfortunately we have to stay outside" - the law of the house applies!
It is basically the responsibility of the shopkeeper, whether this allows the entrainment of animals, especially of dogs. The owner has the house right and may decide whether Wuff is allowed in or not. Away from the law of the house are legal regulations that do not tolerate dogs and other animals in certain shops: Pets are not allowed in a European regulation on food hygiene in rooms where food is prepared, treated or stored - so not in a supermarket. This rule is above the house right; a sign à la "We must stay outside" is not necessary (for shopkeepers, however, to be recommended).
Leash the dog in front of the supermarket - not a good idea
So what if you have to go to the supermarket quickly on the way home, but the dog is not allowed in? Many dog owners lend their dogs then for the purchase in front of the supermarket - again and again dogs stand in front of the doors of supermarkets and shops, eagerly wait for master or mistress and feel in most cases not well. It is up to each dog owner, whether he lets his dog so wait - the method is not recommended in the rule. There are several reasons that speak against leashing in front of the supermarket:
Dogs experience stress when they are tied to a place that is foreign to them and uncomfortable, without any freedom of movement, at worst on too short a dog leash. In front of a supermarket, many people walk around, often loud shopping carts rattle in front of the dog's nose and the sliding door of the market constantly opens and closes. Your dog can not avoid awkward situations on leashes and must endure them for several minutes. Some dogs may be aggressive or panicky in such situations. In addition, the four-legged friends are often exposed to the weather without shelter - hot sun in the summer can lead to a heat stroke; Wind, cold and rain in the winter to a cold or hypothermia.
Beware of dog theft in front of the supermarket
In addition to these stress and health factors, another reason speaks against leashing dogs in front of the supermarket: dog theft. While you do your shopping inside, the dog is out there on its own. The illegal dog trade is a big danger for abandoned dogs. Again and again cold mustaches are kidnapped in front of supermarkets. Other passers-by do not know that the thief is a thief, and think that it is the master who goes away with his dog. When you have done your shopping, your dog is in the worst case missing any trace.
Although it is not prohibited by law to lodge the dog in front of the supermarket - dog owners have a duty to properly supervise their dog. Outside the private sphere, you should always make sure that you take care of your dog. It is best not to leave it alone in an environment like a supermarket.
Shopping with a dog: The best three
Shopping with a dog works best if you go to the supermarket with two people. While you or your company are shopping, the other one just waits in front of the supermarket with Wuff and gives it security. Another option is to simply leave your dog at home when you go shopping. Anyway, dogs do not like to wait and have more, if a long walk without a stop in front of a supermarket is completely adapted to the needs of the dog.