Twin Cities Dog Friendly Stores
We love the Twin Cities! We rank in the top 10 most dog friendly cities year after year. It would appear our Minnesota Nice philosophy extends to dogs too.
We encourage our students to get out to as many of those stores as possible while your puppy is still in the early socialization stage of development. And you don’t want to stop there! If you’re serious about raising and training a Go Anywhere Dog, you’ll want to do regular visits to a variety of dog-friendly stores through social maturity. Dogs reach social maturity, which means your pups brain is now fully developed, between 18 months – 2 years of age.
Before heading out with your dog to the store, be sure to check out our dog-friendly store etiquette tips. Let’s keep our local store owners highly motivated to keep their doors open to our furry family members through excellent behavior from us and our dogs.
Are you worried about your puppy or dog’s manners? Afraid your dog will jump up on someone or lift their leg to pee? We got you! If your puppy is under 16 weeks of age, sign up for puppy class right away. If your dog is over 16 weeks, you’ll get started in our Life Skills 101 Dog Training Class. Classes are off leash and filled with loads of fun and learning, improved manners are just a few classes away.
If your dog ever displays aggressive behaviors, you’ll want to avoid taking him along with you to those local stores until you’ve improved those social skills and helped your dog to learn to cope better socially. Our Private Dog Training consult can help you.
Scheel’s is the perfect store for socializing your puppy! Lots of people, often with young kids in tow. A gigantic moving ferris wheel and more will give you lots of practice watching your puppy’s body language. If your puppy is a little scared, stop, support and connect. Dole out those tasty treats generously too.
Home depot is one of our long standing favorites for socializing puppies. Lots of people, men in hats, saws, forklifts, carts and people carrying large strange items. Be sure you are allowing your puppy to investigate, use that nose to discover they are safe. Go often, until your puppy or dog struts through the store with full doggy confidence.
Patina Stores are hands down the best for finding that perfect gift. And the store clerks are always gleeful when I walk through the doors with a dog in tow. It’s a great starter store for your shy dogs. It’s a small store and usually quite quiet. And yes indeed, they have some doggy goodies stocked too.
You’ll learn quickly with a new puppy in the house, you may need some additional storage containers! Management is a necessary part of a puppy in the house and that means puppy proofing things around your home. The Container Store to the rescue, they have the perfect solution for everything puppy proofed.