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Places to Take Your Dog and Places They Shouldn't Be

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Take Your Dog Here:
There are quite a few public places you can take your well-behaved dog for social interaction. Stores welcoming dogs will have it clearly posted on the front of the building.
Pet Stores
Pet stores cater to pet owners and their furry counterparts. Your well-behaved dog will be welcome in almost every pet store there is. Although it might be a good idea to check and see if there is a resident pet, and if it's one that will welcome invaders.
Secluded Beaches
A beach visit can be great fun for both you and your dog, as long as you do it responsibly. Don't let your dog bother the other beach-goers, and don't forget to scoop! As somebody who is a dog lover, even I am grossed out when I see dog poop in the sand at public beaches. Better yet, make sure your dog has eliminated before entering the sand, as there will be people running around barefoot.
Canine Cafes, Barkeries, and Other Dog-oriented Eateries
They do exist! And signs welcoming your pooch will be clearly posted.
Dog Parks
These are fabulous places to let your well-behaved dog run free and play with other dogs. Just be sure to follow Bark Park Etiquette.
Don't Take Your Dog Here:
Part of being a responsible owner is realizing that your dog doesn't belong everywhere.
Banks, Post Offices, and Government Buildings
All places where people have to go. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, approximately 20% of the population of the U.S. suffer from allergies, and 20 million have asthma. One of the most common allergens is pet dander, and it can affect an allergic person even from a distance.
Crowded Beaches
Even the well-behaved dog shouldn't be on a crowded public beach. There will be kids running around, food everywhere, yelling, splashing ... and there might be dog-haters. Do your dog a favor and take him someplace else, where there is less potential for disaster.
Restaurants, Grocery Stores, and Other Food Venues
Any place that food is prepared, or where people eat, is not a place for dogs,unless specifically posted.

Schoolyards and Children's Playgrounds
Designated areas for children to run loose and play are not good places for a dog to be. Likewise, children shouldn't be found in dog parks.

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