About Home Depot, Lowes and Dogs

We receive a lot of requests at DogFriendly.com to list individual or all of the Home Depot and Lowes Home Improvement stores as dog-friendly. While it is definitely true that you can often take your small dog or even larger leashed dogs into these stores, it is not the official chain policy. Individual managers may allow it at one store or another, but these policies are changed often. So we don’t list these stores for the most part. However, you can often take your dog there. Many other hardware stores allow dogs as well – Tractor Supply Hardware is dog-friendly in just about every store nationwide. For these and other dog-friendly stores in your city go to our guide here.

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72 Responses to “About Home Depot, Lowes and Dogs”

  1. Linda says:

    I work at Home Depot and can tell you that people who bring in their dogs just for fun drive us nuts. dogs have pooped in the store, bitten customers and barked non stop. I myself am scared to death of large dogs and I feel very uncomfortable with them dogs roaming the store. It’s very inconsiderate. Please leave your dog at home. Big box stores are not the place to bring your dog no matter what you think.

  2. Ann says:

    Dogs have no place in a place of business meant for PEOPLE. And sorry, children are people. This is just asking for a lawsuit the second some kid gets attacked or some old person trips over a dog. Why should someone who can’t go anywhere without a dog in tow trump someone else who suffers allergies? There *are* drugs for anxiety issues as well, you know. Why should the allergic person have to take drugs for the dog person’s problem?

  3. Marty says:

    As an associate of BIG BOX Stores for almost 20 years, I wish the COMPANY would go back to enforcing the official “ordnance” of “Assistance dogs only”. It’s posted on the door, but local Managers are afraid of offending a few dog owners.
    (I own a large breed dog, so it’s not that I’m a hater)

    My reasons are here listed:
    1-I have cleaned up my share of ACCIDENTS that were left behind! (I know MOST owners carry bags & would NEVER walk away from this, but some do!)
    2-There have been MANY biting incidents (most were by good dogs that happen to be startled by a loud noise while being petted)
    3-Dog fights break out (mostly when both turn the corner from different isles & they are surprised. Or the owners have no clear control)
    4- There have been animals getting sick from the chemicals that are all over our floors (pesticides, weed killers etc),
    5-injured animals from wood, glass or metal splinters or shavings getting in their paws and then ingested while cleaning the irritated area with their tongues.

    PERSONAL opinion from one who has to work around this daily; TRAINED, CERTIFIED & MARKED Service ANIMALS ONLY PLEASE

  4. Plant of the Apes says:

    I was just at an HD dog was just siting by the owner doing nothing. Ten feet away a kid was running around knocking over displays of drain cleaner (acid for the idiots) jumping off the ladder in the aisle. we are really discussing the issue of the dogs being an issue. Its time to control the real problem stupid parents with stupid kids.

  5. Ed says:

    Just got kicked out of HD for having my 6month old puppy with me. Went over to the service counter to have a manager paged and a lady with a poodle was standing there. Told her to watch out they will tell you to leave. Then her dog started yapping away at my dog as he sat calmly watching. Hate to say this but its getting to the point were idiots are starting to run everyone’s lives. It all starts with dog owners that have no business owning one. I drive a handicap bus and the service dogs that I see are no better than a well behaved good ole pet. If you have a junkyard dog or a yappy little dog that bites before barking leave it home. Your ruining it for the rest of us. As far as allergies, get a mask.

  6. Misty says:

    I took my dog to Home Depot on Power & Baseline in Mesa, AZ y
    esterday & they said dogs are totally welcome. I had three separate employees run up & pet my dog. They were very nice.

  7. Misty says:

    I took my dog to Home Depot on Power & Baseline yesterday & they said dogs are totally welcome. I had three separate employees run up & pet my dog. They were very nice.

  8. Kayla says:

    Agree with TJ! I work in a dog store and we always roll our eyes when children come in since they’re the ones usually breaking everything!

  9. Sandy says:

    I think it’s awesome that more stores allow dogs. It sets tem up for success when the owner is truly trying to socialize. I’m personally trying to train my pit for good canine citizen and beyond. I want her to change people’s minds and these stores help us train. We get to have a ton of distractions to work through and new people to greet properly or ignore, depending on our exercise that day.

  10. diane says:

    I love dogs and I am a dog owner and I believe that dogs should not be allowed in stores just for fun. People are selfish, thoughtless and inconsiderate when they bring their dogs into the store. The dogs are in the way in the isles plus other people don`t know if they are friendly or not. You are making it very hard for the people that have service animals and need to bring them into the stores.
    If you feel you need an outing with your dog…….TAKE HIM TO THE PARK. Only service animals should be allowed in stores, and don`t even get me started on restaurants!

  11. Ro says:

    Hey Kaye, what store do you shop at? I have 4 dogs & would love to meet you there!

  12. Wud Legerity says:

    Kaye, my dogs are smarter and more fun then you. Please do not go out in public or use the Internet. Also what are you doing trolling the petfriendly.com forums?

  13. Soph says:

    I agree with Cadhla…..If you cant speak up enough to politely ask someone to move there dog to get an item you want…maybe you should stay at home. If you do nothing to help your situation other than go home and complain on the internet, no sympathy should come your way!!

  14. TJ says:

    Kaye, just because one dog owner is rude doesn’t mean we all are. Shop somewhere else if it bothers you that much. Kids at the stores are a much bigger problem then dogs are. Many parents seem oblivious to the rude behavior their kids display in the store.

  15. ME says:

    I am sorry that we all can’t be dog lovers…cry me a river why don’t you. Geez, you didn’t even have the common decency to ask the dog’s owner if you could get by….socially awkward much? Probably.

  16. Kathy says:

    Get a life lady, if it wasn’t the dog in the isle u would find something else to complain about. Better yet get a dog/ cat maybe u would understand their better than any human, they don’t complain about stupid people even if they did lay in the middle if the isle.

  17. Larry says:

    Kaye – I have encountered many people that act like the dog you described. The dog doesn’t know any better – I cannot say the same for the people.

  18. Dave says:

    Kaye, why don’t YOU stay home? Dogs are a part of life. Deal with it.

  19. Angela says:

    Rude and inconsiderate?. You know what? I’m allergic to whining, screaming kids, and rude, inconsiderate broads like yourself, Kaye. Yet, you all are allowed out in public. If you needed something from that aisle, I am positive that the owner would have had no issue moving the dog. Our dogs are our kids and they are more well-mannered, and smarter than any kid I’ve encountered in a public place. Also, my dog will not throw a blood-curdling scream if she is told “no” to wanting something. You should just stay locked inside, by yourself, just like what you expect me to do to my dog.

  20. Cadhla says:

    You could have asked nicely for the dog’s owner to have their dog move… Just saying.

  21. John says:

    Yes, Ed’s a moron.. Leave your stupid kids at home, too… Or at least lock them in the car when shopping.

    One cannot just generalize everything. If a dog gets a depressed person out of the house, that’s a service dog.

  22. Kaye says:

    I think it’s just plain wrong, inconsiderate and rude, to take your dogs to the store with you. Leave them at home! I am allergic to most pet hair/fur and I have been working on a home improvement project and every time I go to Home Depot or Lowes, there have been at least 2 or 3 dogs there, if not more. Just yesterday a woman brought in this HUGE dog, and the dog laid down on the floor and took up the entire isle. I tried several times to re-route my shopping, but I NEEDED something right where her dog was lying. She just let him lay there and people had to carefully walk around him or turn around and go down another isle. I never was able to get what I wanted! You don’t see people lying on the floor blocking the entire isle, so what gives you freaking dog owners the mindset that it’s okay to bring your dogs and inconvenience others who want to shop. They are not humans…..leave them at home!

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