We’ve all been there. You’re out running errands and realize you forgot to grab that one item on your list. So you swing by Menards, only to be greeted at the door by a “no pets allowed” sign. What gives? Does Menards allow dogs? Can you really not bring Fido inside, or is it just a case of “every store is different?” Let’s find out.
The short answer is that it depends on the store’s location and management. That said, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of being able to bring your pup inside with you.
First, check to see if there is a sign on the door or near the entrance that says anything about dogs. If there isn’t, it’s worth asking the employee working at the front door if dogs are allowed.
If the store has a sign explicitly stating that dogs are not allowed, you can try asking to speak to the manager. Some members of management are more lenient than others when it comes to dog policy. It never hurts to ask!
Menards’ COVID-19 Pandemic Response
Menards has always been a pet-friendly store, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, they decided to restrict dogs in some of their locations. Even kids under 16 were restricted in some stores. However, they have since reversed that decision and again allow well-behaved dogs in all of their stores.
We’re glad to see Menards’ reversing its decision to ban dogs from their stores during the pandemic. We know how hard it can be to leave our furry friends at home, and allowing dogs will make shopping much more convenient for dog owners.
Be sure to follow Menards’ guidelines when bringing your dog into the store so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.
Location Preferences – Some Stores Allow Dogs, Аnd Some Don’t
The first thing you need to know is that Menard Inc., which owns Menards, does not have a company-wide policy on dogs. This means that each individual store has its own set of rules when it comes to dogs.
However, most stores allow leashed dogs inside, as long as they’re well-behaved. That being said, some stores do not allow dogs at all, so it’s always best to call ahead before bringing your pup along for the ride.
There are also some restrictions regarding what store areas dogs are permitted in. For example, your pup would not be allowed in the store’s food court or garden center areas.
They may also not be allowed in certain store sections, depending on state or local laws. So again, it’s always best to call ahead or ask a store employee before bringing your dog into Menards.
Service Dog Policy
Menards’ official policy is that “certified service animals are always welcome in our stores.” This policy extends not only to shop floor staff but also to customers.
This means that you are welcome to bring your service animal into the store with you and do not have to worry about being asked to leave.
What Types Оf Animals Does This Policy Apply To?
The term “service animal” is often used interchangeably with “guide dog,” but there are actually many different types of animals that can be trained as service animals.
These include, but are not limited to, dogs, miniature horses, and even some birds. As long as your animal meets the definition of a service animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), they are welcome at Menards.
Your Responsibilities When Taking Your Dog Тo Menards
Shopping with your dog can be a fun adventure for both you and your fur baby. But it’s essential to keep in mind that, as the owner, you are responsible for your pup’s behavior.
With that in mind, here are twelve things to keep in mind when you take your dog shopping with you at Menards.
- Look for the “Pet Friendly” stickers on store entrance doors.
- Make sure your dog is always leashed—no exceptions!
- Clean up after your pup if they make a mess.
- Be respectful of other shoppers, and don’t let your dog bother them or jump on them.
- Keep your dog away from store displays and merchandise—you don’t want anything to get broken!
- If your dog starts acting up, calmly walk out of the store and return later without them.
- Make sure your dog is vaccinated and healthy before coming into the store
- Never leave your dog unattended in the car—not even for a minute!
- If you see another shopper with a pet, ask before letting your dog say hello.
- Dogs are not allowed in the food court area, so be sure to take breaks outside if you need them.
- If possible, avoid peak shopping times like weekends and holidays when the store is likely to be more crowded than usual.
- Give yourself extra time to shop since you’ll be moving slower with your furry friend in tow.
Resist the urge to buy everything your dog looks at—just because they’re cute doesn’t mean they need it! Have fun! Shopping with your pup can be a great bonding experience.
At the end of the day, it never hurts to ask if you can bring your dog inside with you. While some Menards locations are stricter than others, there’s always a chance that you’ll be able to convince the employees or management to make an exception—especially if Fido is well-behaved and won’t be disrupting other shoppers.