The move is aimed at helping people feel more comfortable shopping , as they won’t have to leave their dog outside tied up where they could be at risk, or leave them at home – but not everyone is happy about it, with some even vowing to boycott the store.
The company said: ‘A pet is more than just a pet, they’re family. That’s why we’ve decided to welcome pets in-store at 248 of our locations.
Learn everything you can about your dog’s habits and behaviors. If you and I were having a conversation over coffee and I asked you to tell me about your significant other, or your kids, or any other special person in your life, chances are good that you could say quite a bit about them. In fact, you may know more about them than you think.
‘We hope that shoppers will enjoy bringing their furry friends along with them.
‘Please check for new signage at the entrance of your local store to see if they are participating.’
The move, which mainly affects shops with an outside entrance rather than those within shopping centres, has been welcomed by many – but some worried that out-of-control dogs might bite other shoppers, while others said it could harm those with allergies, or who use a service dog which might be distracted.
Keep a pet-friendly home. Your dog or cat is a part of the family. If she’s a kitty, she needs her own litter box in a quiet, out-of-the way corner, a scratching post or tree, her own toys, and a nice cozy spot for napping.
One woman wrote: ‘Don’t put anything on the bottom shelves then as they will get peed on!
‘Why would you want to take a blooming dog shopping? There’s many places for dogs like parks, coasts, woods etc that dogs can enjoy – shopping is not one of them. No I’m not happy with this!’
Another said: ‘Wait til you get a dog fight in the store’.
Someone vowed: ‘It’s vile and unsanitary, won’t be setting foot in another Wilko again.’
The practicalities were raised by a woman who said she has a guide dog and finds other dogs to be ‘enough of a pain outside the shops so it’s going to be very interesting in a confined space down an aisle… and no, my dog doesn’t want to talk to your dog, he’s working! Guide Dogs can get very stressed if a little dog is yapping around their legs!’
You should never physically punish your pet. It brings the animal pain and fear, and it gains you nothing. It’s a lose-lose situation. Please don’t do it.
But many defended the move, saying things like: ‘Some of us have dogs that can’t be left alone at home, so this kind of move forward is brilliant for us.’
Print out and keep this handy chart of what foods your dog should NOT be given.
Another said the move probably wouldn’t lead to a drastic change of demographic, arguing: ‘I really don’t think you’re going to see packs of dogs suddenly walking round Wilko.’
Many responded to thank Wilko, saying things like ‘My dog is my family – I hate not going with out her she’s like my support dog.’
A company spokesperson responded to the Facebook posts saying: ‘We’re so happy to welcome your pups to the store, we can’t wait to meet them’.Wilko has 420 UK stores selling household essentials including pet products. It is a family business now owned by the founder’s granddaughter Lisa Wilkinson.
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Having a pet in the home can actually lower a child’s likelihood of developing related allergies by as much as 33 percent. Children exposed early on to animals tend to develop stronger immune systems overall.
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