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  • grantmack1
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    Dogs and health & safety

    The official line, according to the Food Standards Agency, is that dogs are allowed into premises that serve food at the discretion of the owner, as long as they are prevented from going into areas where food is prepared, stored or handled. There are many places that do serve food and dogs are allowed and I can understand that some people do not like this but there is no law stopping as I have contacted Food Standards agency and they confirmed it is ok as stated above!

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  • Magistra
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    Dogs where humans eating

    I had no trouble in Scotland and managed to have lunch out everyday. I either chose a cafe or pub where there were tables outside or left the dog in the car (with a suitable amount of fresh air) and timed how long I had been gone so the dog did not become distressed. It pays to take the dog for an hour's walk before leaving it in the car for an hour or two.

    When booking my holiday in Scotland I found that over 50% of cottages did not allow dogs. The one I stayed in had a mop and bucket as well as the usual things. This meant I could mop the floor with disinfectant every day to ensure the place was pristine for the next family coming in.

    There are increasingly more eating places in England where there is outside seating, some of it under a shelter of some kind, especially for dog walkers. Those that walk a lot don't mind being outdoors to eat or drink, even in winter.

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  • tig
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    nonny as far as im aware there isnt any such rule.....i dont know every wording of every law but i did study h&s law for 3 years at stow college and was safety rep for a trade union for about 10 years....it nothing to do with food right enough so i might be wrong so can you point it out?

    heres a link to said regs http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/20...0060003_en.pdf

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  • aNonnyMoose
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    Tig, there are - it's covered under The Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006. There are also regulations under the Food Standards Agency which apply. Exemptions are made in certain cases (cafes, shops) for animals such as guide dogs, but in general (thankfully) you're not allowed to take a dog into anywhere food is being prepared or served.

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  • tig
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    not here there isnt

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  • TurboLine
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    Originally posted by Celyn View Post
    Which laws?
    Pets are not allowed into restaurants, grocery shops, Cafe's etc etc. There is health and safety laws preventing them around food.

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  • Celyn
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    Originally posted by TurboLine View Post
    The laws are the same in Australia and thank god too!

    I could imagine anything worse then having animals around food that I am going to or currently eating.
    Which laws?

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  • TurboLine
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    The laws are the same in Australia and thank god too!

    I could imagine anything worse then having animals around food that I am going to or currently eating.

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  • Celyn
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    LOL indeed, Kathy - much LOL.

    Good old Walt had a point:

    ...I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and
    self-contain'd,
    I stand and look at them long and long.

    They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
    They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
    They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
    Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of
    owning things,
    Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of
    years ago,
    Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.

    ...

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  • kathyv
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    Originally posted by celyn View Post
    oh i hate it when you simply can't think in a shop because of other people's tiresome loud little yappy monsters.

    Dogs, on the other hand, are fine.
    lol!

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  • Celyn
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    Oh I hate it when you simply can't think in a shop because of other people's tiresome loud little yappy monsters.

    Dogs, on the other hand, are fine.

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  • grantmack1
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    Yes I think there is a point that not all dog owners are as good owners as they could be...! However I am not sure that Scotland or Britain is any worse in this area than other countries...? Most dog owners who take their dog out and about are responsible dog owners.

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  • tig
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    i think you hit the nail on the head when you said dogs here are less well behaved here then elsewhere.

    not all dogs of course but just in general.

    i also think its a case of once bitten twice shy for most businesses (pardon the pun) when it comes to cleaning up their mess

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  • grantmack1
    started a topic Is Scotland Dog Friendly?

    Is Scotland Dog Friendly?

    Is Scotland Dog Friendly?

    Britain and Scotland prides itself on being a nation of dog lovers but are we really as dog centric as we claim?

    I travelled in South and Central America as well as throughout Europe a few years ago and one of the things that struck me was that dogs are allowed in a lot more places in other countries than they are in Britain. From a King Charles spaniel in a high end department store on Parisís left back through to a terrier in a Buenos Aires butcher! Why are we so reluctant to let our dogs get out and about and visit businesses? Are Scottish and British dogs less well behaved than their foreign counterparts? Is it our perception that dogs should not be near food? Is it our allegedly stringent health and safety laws? Or have we self-imposed restrictions on ourselves for no apparent reason? There will always be people who are not keen on dogs but the majority of the population like dogs, whether they own one or not. Whilst researching businesses for my We Welcome Dogs website We Welcome Dogs - Home and smartphone app I found that some businesses were under the misapprehension that health and safety laws stopped dogs being allowed in eating establishments. The official line, according to the Food Standards Agency, is that dogs are allowed into premises that serve food at the discretion of the owner, as long as they are prevented from going into areas where food is prepared, stored or handled.

    Whilst I realise that not every food premises would be suitable to have dogs in I do think there should be more places which welcome dogs in Scotland. Ultimately, in the current tough economic climate you would think that business owners would welcome an opportunity to open up to a new and prosperous market. So vote with your feet (and paws) and if you know of a dog friendly cafť or pub make use of it and let us know here at We Welcome Dogs, so we can share with other dog owners and letís really make Scotland a dog friendly country!
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