Village Vets understands that dog owners are a particular ‘breed’ and that some love bringing their canine companion with them wherever they go – to enjoy a morning cappuccino, have brunch with friends, meet up with a colleague, enjoy afternoon tea and cake, or for a drink and tacos to round up the day. The expert team at the family owned and run practice, Village Vets, has walked the walk and explored the capital from north to south and east to west, to find the top dog friendly places for you and your pooch.
Armed with a pet approved checklist, the veterinary nurses and vets from the Dublin and Meath based practices visited a range of locations over the course of the summer. Those that passed the checks have now been awarded with an official Village Vets dog friendly sticker of approval. The criteria set out by Village Vets included whether there were water bowls and dog treats available, whether dogs were allowed inside or just outside, and whether staff members were accommodating and friendly to dogs.
The results are in:
- Street 66 in Temple Bar: Your pooch will love to visit this city centre café, as they are allowed roam the venue without a care in the world (within reason!). There were healthy dog treats and water to hand, and the staff made the Village Vets canine team feel like royalty
- The Dog House in Howth: This quirky tea room offered various water bowls for dogs, and allowed dogs to rest on the chairs and sofas in the outside area. With their friendly staff and dog friendly sign outside, it’s definitely an enjoyable spot for you and your dog
- Goat in the Boat in Skerries: This busy spot by the sea doubles up as an interior design shop, so although they are very welcoming to dogs, you may want to sit outside if you have a boisterous four legged friend or large dog such as a Great Dane. With dog treats and water bowls available, it’s an ideal place to stop after a long walk
- MVP in Harold’s Cross: The ultimate spot for tacos and a drink, four legged friends will be welcomed with opened arms by the friendly staff here, before they enjoy some delicious dog treats
- Metro Café on South William Street: With no dog friendly sign outside or on their website, visitors could be fooled for thinking this café does not welcome pooches. However, the staff here are extremely welcoming and friendly towards dogs. Take your own treats as there are only water bowls available
- Coppinger Row, Dublin 2: With friendly waiting staff pouring your dog’s water before yours, dogs will feel very special while sitting in the outside area of this city centre spot. Perfect for people watching, dogs are sure to get lots of attention here too
- Social Fabric Café in Stoneybatter: This recently opened café definitely makes Village Vet’s list of dog friendly places to visit
- Two Pups, The Liberties: Flagged on its social media, this Dublin city centre hot spot is very welcoming to dogs and will have your four legged friend feeling right at home
Village Vets experts encourage dog owners to spend quality time with their pooch outside of the comforts of their home. Doing so exposes the pup to unfamiliar sights and sounds and prepares dogs for any noises or wonders they may come across. If your dog does act up during brunch, don’t pay this too much attention (depending on the acting up!) and try to ignore them, but remember to reward your furry friend for good behaviour and they will begin to understand the benefits!