A Barking Mad Nation
Dogs are a gay man’s best friend. They are loyal, provide love and attention and can be a great pulling mechanism. However while Britain is undoubtedly a nation of dog-lovers, recent research has reveal compared to many of our European cousins it is the least accommodating country towards small dogs. As part of animals month we’ve explored these findings further.
Across the UK pubs and bars have always been a home from home for many dog owners and a welcome pit-stop whilst out walking. However, dog food brand Cesar have revealed almost three quarters of dog owners (73%) claim they don’t feel welcome with their dogs in the majority of drinking holes, meaning pets are left in cars, outside or at home alone and hundreds of opportunities to use your dog as an excuse to chat up a cute boy are lost.
The sentiment extends to UK café culture as only 7% of dog owners agree they feel welcome to spend time relaxing with their dog in coffee shops. The new Paws in Places campaign looks to raise awareness of the issue of closed door policies towards small dogs on behalf of all dog lovers and owners.
Abigail Stevenson, Expert in Pet care wellbeing said, “It’s clear the UK and Europe have different attitude to their dogs. In the UK we have a far more caring relationship with our pets as UK 70% of dog owners feel their four-legged friends help them de-stress and 81% count their increased fitness levels on their pets. However even with such positive improvement, it seems the UK in general isn’t as welcoming to our four-legged friends.”
Surprisingly only 6% of retailers open their doors on the British high street to dogs – the ones which do include Debenhams, Daunts, Jack Wills, Hotel du Vin, Waterstone’s, Kurt Geiger Paul Smith – and the result of which is that there are 5.4 million dog owners in the UK who state they would go to more cafes, shops and retailers if they felt their dogs were welcome. That’s a lot of business that retailers on the UK high street are missing out on because they don’t let dogs into store.