Cover photo credit: Blick Art Materials in Fullerton, CA
Artists rejoice! If you’re a dog lover and an artist, no doubt you’ve made some pet portraits. But did you know that some art supply stores will let your pup join you while shopping?
This post covers the deets on Blick Art Materials, and whether their stores are dog-friendly. In addition to what you can expect from their stores, we also have some reminders on what to do beforehand so that you’re a considerate shopper.
The general answer is that Blick Art is generally dog friendly, but exceptions can exist at certain stores. You should call ahead to confirm, and your dog should always be leashed and well-mannered.
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Before Your Bring Your Dog Into Blick Art Supplies
While bringing your pup to an art store sounds like a ton of fun, there are a few things you need to consider first.
Even though Blick stores are known to be dog-friendly, it’s still a good idea to call ahead. This is true whether it’s your first time at the store, or if you haven’t been there for a while. The store policies or management may have changed.
Even if the company is generally dog-friendly, there may be reasons why dogs aren’t allowed in a specific location (typically having to do with state or local regulations).
Leash training and obedience
Before considering bringing your dog to a Blick Art Materials store, your dog must be well-mannered! Much like a child, you want your dog to be well-behaved in public, which means no jumping on people or pricey merchandise, or making a mess in the aisle. Chances are you’ll be the one cleaning it up, and paying for broken products.
So make sure your pup is leash trained and knows some basic training such as “sit”. They should also be well-socialized around other dogs and people, as you may encounter other customer’s pets or service animals.
Much like bringing your dog to a dog park or kennel, you want to make sure you’re being a good citizen and not bringing or spreading common diseases or parasites. Make sure that your dog is up to date on all vaccines and preventative treatments for ticks, fleas, etc before shopping.
Don’t be in a rush
If you are in a big hurry, chances are it’s not a good time to be shopping with a dog. Much like kids, dogs can derail your plans or make messes. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you are already short on time, and then get fed up dealing with an accident or delay.
Use the lawn first
Before you go in, find some grass and let your dog relieve themselves. This goes hand-in hand with the previous point about not being in a rush. If you know your dog has already gone to the bathroom, you don’t have to be running around the store trying to check out before they make a mess.
Not everyone is a fan of dogs, as strange as that may sound. Some may be allergic, or be afraid of dogs. Be sure to give other people plenty of space, while keeping your dog contained with a leash, carrier, or cart. If your dog is making a lot of noise or otherwise causing a scene, take them outside and calmly address the behavior. Don’t make other customers deal with your pup’s unruliness.
Additionally, don’t lie about whether your dog is a service animal or not. Service dogs are not subject to the same rules as pets, because they are crucial for the well-being and functioning of their owner. Be respectful to ADA guidelines and answer honestly if you are in a store that only allows service animals.
Is Blick Art Materials Dog Friendly?
Verdict: Blick Art is very pet-friendly but a call to the store is still recommended
Last but not least on our list is Blick Art Materials, which sells fine art supplies and other craft materials. Blick allows dogs in most stores and has posted about it several times on their social media accounts.
This post from a Blick Art supplies store in Fullerton, CA, says that the store even offers treats for your pup and says that pets are always welcome, especially due to the danger of leaving your dog in a hot car.
A customer on Facebook asked for clarification on whether all Blick Art stores allow dogs. The answer is no, not all stores allow dogs but most do. Call ahead to be sure.
Blick’s website does not list whether stores are dog friendly or not, but you can use their store locator to find the contact information (phone or email) of the store you want to visit with your pet.
As with any other store, make sure your dog is well-behaved, leashed or in a cart or carrier, and that you’re considerate of other guests.
To summarize, Blick Art does allow dogs but asks that you double-check with your store before bringing your pup in. Bonus: did you know that Blick Art Material also runs a dog portrait contest from time to time?
We hope this has been helpful! You can also check out our post on whether Michaels is dog-friendly, whether Hobby Lobby allows dogs, if Joanns is dog-friendly, or this post on the history of dogs in art.