Are Dogs Allowed in Walmart? (Updated 2022)

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As one of the most crowded grocery stores in the nation, Walmart can be found in almost any town, no matter how big or small. Its convenience and wide selection of dog-related items make it a frequent stopping point for pet owners. So, let’s determine whether Fido can join you on your grocery runs.

Can I take my dog inside Walmart?

According to Walmart’s pet policy, only service animals defined by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) may enter their stores. Pets and emotional support animals are not allowed inside the store.

Why can’t I bring my dog inside?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has certain food service codes that do not allow non-service animals into stores in order to keep products and workspaces clean and free of potential disease and allergens.

What defines a service animal?

According to the ADA, a service animal is defined as “a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.  The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.”

Why don’t emotional support animals qualify as service animals?

Emotional support animals do not undergo long training periods to do their jobs. Therefore, the ADA’s standards do not classify them as service animals.

Abigail Kurten
Author: Abigail Kurten

Hi! My name's Abigail, and I intern as a Content Writer for DogFriendly.com. I have one dog, a chocolate lab named Riley who's the best! My favorite breed of dog is a Bulldog or Saint Bernard, though.

Abigail Kurten
Author: Abigail Kurten

Hi! My name's Abigail, and I intern as a Content Writer for DogFriendly.com. I have one dog, a chocolate lab named Riley who's the best! My favorite breed of dog is a Bulldog or Saint Bernard, though.

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