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8 Tips for Taking Your Dog to a Restaurant or Bar Patio This Summer

September 3, 2021

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When you’re hiking or in an open area, a retractable leash might seem like a good idea, so your dog has more room to roam. But experts like Stephanie Lantry, DVM, the veterinary expert for the telehealth app Airvet, actually advise against using these, and say they’re an especially big no-no for a patio. How come? Retractable leashes don’t provide adequate control for your pup, especially in small settings. “No matter how cute fellow patrons or servers find your dog, no one wants to have them with their nose in their meal or have their leash wrapped around their legs or chairs,” she continues. “Retractable leashes can also be a tripping or safety hazard and are not recommended.”

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