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I read this week that dogs are allowed into all Bunnings stores now. We took our family and dog to Bunnings this weekend and really enjoyed doing so. It’s fun going to Garden Centres and cafes with the dog (on top of parks and beaches), and it’s great to have another place to add to the list.


Posted anonymously, 8th November 2015


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  • I have seen people going into Bunnings with their dog and thought wtf! It’s good if you gave to duck down on a hot day so doggie doesn’t get left in the car. I often think of taking mine into the supermarket. Carrying her of course so no messes. I think she’s probably cleaner then some kids I’ve seen. I did it once when she was tiny, did the whole grocery shop with no problems. Lots came up to me and fussed over pup, she is awesomely cute

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  • Its ok as long as the dog is on a leash and controlled as a lot of children go to Bunnings. I don’t really like the idea of bringing pets to a food area or café only because I am very fussy with hygiene. Only Bunnings can decide that on their policy .

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  • Indeed. It wouldn’t be something to do regularly or for very long times. And of course it’s in these situations that you see how responsible dog owners are. You bring your dog with you just if you know he’s a calm dog and you can keep him under control. Otherwise you leave him at home.
    In places like Germany dogs are allowed into a lot of shops, unless they sell fresh food. In other shops dogs cannot enter if there is a sign outside saying so. Otherwise they can go with you. I would like it to be like this in Australia too.


    • I would like this too, especially as so many dogs are very much part of the family these days, are well socialised and spend much of their days indoors.

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  • Wow! Didn’t expect such negative comments. We take our dog out into nature a lot as well, but understand that sometimes it can be handy to drop by places like Bunnings and cafes without having to go home first. We found it very fun, and look forward to doing so again.

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  • Yes, I prefer that too. But in some situations it would be handy to know you can enter into a shop with your dog.


    • I agree – I just like to amble along and shop and pick up goodies and run out of hands! ;) Holding a lead would be too much for me! I would prefer for people to take their dogs with them rather than leave them in hot cars – this is always distressing for dogs.



      • Indeed. It wouldn’t be something to do regularly or for very long times. And of course it’s in these situations that you see how responsible dog owners are. You bring your dog with you just if you know he’s a calm dog and you can keep him under control. Otherwise you leave him at home.
        In places like Germany dogs are allowed into a lot of shops, unless they sell fresh food. In other shops dogs cannot enter if there is a sign outside saying so. Otherwise they can go with you. I would like it to be like this in Australia too.


      • Sorry! I was supposed to post the previous message in another part of the discussion! :-)

        Yes, you are right! Shopping in one hand and lead in the other.. is not the best option! :-)

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  • Interesting concept, but I prefer to take my dogs out in nature rather than a shop with plants.

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  • Ops! I’ve just read this article about Bunnings! http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/mother-claims-five-year-old-girl-was-bitten-by-dog-inside-bunnings-store/story-fnii5smq-1227601484591?utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_source=AdelaideAdvertiser&utm_medium=Facebook
    :-(


    • I can’t believe Bunning paid the bill, it’s the dog owners fault, not bunnings



      • I think too! But maybe it was a decision Bunnings made for the public image.


      • it was bunning’s decision to allow the dogs in. The owner should have control of the dog SIMPLE FACT! but yeah. I won’t be doing it. it is hard enough to resist temptation in that shop lol. I love the wide aisles and every shop should ideally be this spacious. you can get around the shop easier with the trolley and kids and don’t usually get jammed in the aisles.

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  • If you allow dog owners to bring their pets to shops, restaurants etc, then where does it stop? Will cat owners, snake owners, rat owners etc then demand the same rights, and how can you say yes to one pet and not another? Pets are better off at home on hot days.

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  • I think it’s a great idea! We would probably do that. Sometimes we are out with the dog and we need to stop at a shop. I would love it if it would become possible in other shops too beside Bunnings! :-)

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  • Why would you want to take your dog to Bunnings? It’s not like there’s anything there for them to do. It’s better then leaving your dog in the car, but even better is to leave them at home. My thoughts anyway

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  • Yes it’s true. Well behaved dogs are allowed in Bunnings. Part of the reason is to stop people leaving dogs in the cars on hot days. Personally I don’t see the need to take my dog s when I’m shopping

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