Pet owners are divided over the Bunnings rule which states that dogs are only allowed in store if they are muzzled and on a leash.

Since 2015, all Bunnings stores in Australia require dogs to be muzzled, carried in their owner’s arms or placed in a trolley.

The controversial rule was made after a child was bitten by a Jack Russell terrier, shares Daily Mail.

A flood of customers have criticised the policy on social media after a viral post called out Bunnings over the ‘pathetic’ rule.

‘You have to muzzle your dog in Bunnings?! Just because some silly kid didn’t ask permission before touching a dog and got nipped? F***ing pathetic,’ one angry customer shared on a Perth Facebook group on Saturday.

‘Muzzles are for aggressive dogs and evil crotch goblins. Not friendly, loving pooches,’ she wrote.

The post attracted many comments from people who were in favour of the policy.

‘Why the hell do people take their dogs to Bunnings? It’s such a stupid place to take a dog,’ one wrote.

‘I think it’s a good thing, they could’ve banned dogs all together [sic] and they didn’t … if your [sic] too lazy to put a muzzle on your dog then you’re too lazy to own one,’ another wrote.

Many unaware users shared experiences of being denied entry into the hardware store because their dog didn’t wear a muzzle.

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  • Some people have dogs that are aggressive, maybe fear based, but the don’t see it. So it’s probably best to muzzle all dogs when in Bunnings. Our little Maltese shih tsu rides in the trolley


  • The store would need to do it to protect themselves from being sued.


  • I’m not sure about the muzzling as I don’t even own one. My dog is not aggressive and we’ve never had a need for one. That being said, I’ve never taken my dog to Bunnings either though. If I’m going shopping my fur baby stays home!


  • Totally ! I’m amazed that dogs are even allowed at this store.


  • I think it’s a fantastic idea. Some people have their dogs with them and realise they need something from Bunnings. They can’t leave their dog in the car so using a muzzle for a short time is a good compromise.


  • Makes perfect sense to me, and owners need to carry doggy bags also.


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