Next up on our list is home improvement chain Home Depot with 2,300 stores in the US, Mexico, and Canada.
Officially, only service animals are allowed within Home Depot. However, many Home Depot stores are unofficially dog-friendly. So, you might be okay with bringing your pet in, as long as your local store’s manager (and employees) are okay with it. We’ll get into more details in our blog post.
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Does Home Depot Allow Dogs?
Verdict: officially speaking, only service animals are allowed, but many stores allow pets anyway.
Home Depot locations have signage on their entry door saying that no pets are allowed, except for seeing-eye dogs and service animals.
If you had the idea that Home Depot was dog-friendly, you’re not alone.
So many people bring their dogs into Home Depot that there’s an entire Facebook group for it called “Dogs of Home Depot“.
So clearly, dogs are unofficially welcome in many stores.
There’s also a popular hashtag for #dogsofhomedepot on Instagram:
Note that all of the above applies to stores in the United States. If you are visiting a Home Depot in Canada, know that they have a strict no-pets policy, where only service dogs are allowed.
How to Check If Your Home Depot is (Unofficially) Dog Friendly
There are a few options if you are in the US. You can check out BringFido, and search for “Home Depot”. Look for stores in your state.
You can also look at the Dogs of Home Depot Facebook group to see if your store is one of the ones known to be (unofficially) pet-friendly, as each post lists the store ID.
The most straightforward option is to ask store employees or management, although they may have to tell you the official policy.
If you’re in the US and decide to bring your pet into Home Depot, here are a few things to consider:
- Make sure that they are leashed and well-behaved.
- If other people don’t want to be around your dog, respect their desires. Some people have allergies to dogs, and other people are afraid of dogs. Be considerate.
- If you’re told that only service animals are allowed, don’t lie about whether your dog is a service dog or not.
- If you’re skittish about bringing your dog in the store, you could probably stay in the garden center.
If you have home improvement or outdoor supplies to shop for, and want to bring your dog along, there are other options.
If you want a store with official “dogs are allowed” policy, you can check out Lowes (we’ve written about their dog policies here). Dogs are also allowed in Farm & Fleet and Fleet Farm in select states.