Dog owners will be banned from bringing their four-legged friends into Wheterspoons’ almost 1,000 pubs from Monday.
The country’s biggest pub chain will be turning away people who are trying to bring their dogs in for a pint or a meal because ‘even well-behaved ones can be unpredictable’
While Wetherspoons has had the policy since 1979, it has not been fully enforced until now.
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‘Even well behaved dogs can be unpredictable – every dog owner thinks their dog is perfect,’ said Wetherspoons spokesman Eddie Gershon.
Ha continued: ‘We welcome a lot of children and families and younger children in particular can be unpredictable around dogs and many are scared of dogs.
‘We serve a lot of food. Unfortunately not all owners are diligent over cleaning up dog mess.’
Guide dogs and assistance dogs will still be allowed in the chain’s pubs although owners are advised to bring along ‘documentation’ to explain the dog’s ‘purpose’.
Wetherspoons’ policy on dogs says: ‘While we are fond of dogs, we permit only registered assistance dogs inside our pubs and hotels.
‘To avoid any confusion or unnecessary upset, please ensure that your dog is wearing the recognisable leash/collar or harness.
‘It would also be helpful if you could bring along suitable documentation to explain the dog’s purpose.
‘A limited number of pubs do permit dogs on a lead into the garden and/or other external areas. Please check directly with the pub which you are planning to visit.’
The company said ‘after much consultation’ it would now be enforcing a policy already in place for not allowing dogs in pubs.
I’m a big Wetherspoons defender even if their owner is awful but banning dogs is a terrible decision.
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The reactions have been mixed with one woman saying: ‘I’ve never understood why people feel the need to drag their poor dogs into pubs.Rat leaps from food cupboard in street forced out by infestation
‘Is there any evidence that they like being there? If you’re going to get a dog, accept that it might have different hobbies and interests as you or be prepared to spend time chasing sticks too!’
Another one added: ‘I’ve never once seen a dog in Weatherpersons can’t imagine it was a widespread thing.’
While one man said: ‘Never trust a pub that doesn’t let dogs in.’
One dog owner said: ‘Wetherspoons are banning dogs from their pubs because kids are scared of dogs! Ban kids instead.
‘My dogs don’t run around a pub screaming and behaving badly and annoying the hell out of the other customers.’