Are Dogs Allowed at Lowe’s?

It’s always important to consider everyone’s opinion when you’re doing a home improvement project, especially your roomies. After all, your four-legged roomie has been watching a lot of Property Brothers recently, and he has some thoughts on your chosen paint colors and what constitutes an “improvement.” Are dogs allowed at Lowe’s so you can bring your own judgmental pup-erty brother to the store? Pup yes…in most cases. Read on for the skinny.

Are Dogs Allowed at Lowes?

The official pet policy from Lowe’s is elusive; We put our pups to work and even their noses couldn’t sniff out a Lowe’s pet policy on the website. A call to their customer service got us an answer–their policy is as written: 

Service animals and pets are allowed in all US Lowe’s stores. In Canada, only service animals are permitted.

According to their official handbook, being pet-friendly allows Lowe’s to reinforce their commitment to customer experience. However, while this is the official policy, it may not always be consistently followed, depending on management or local rules. We always recommend ringing up your local store before making the trip so you don’t run into any issues! 

What’s the Catch?

Fido may be allowed into Lowe’s to help you brainstorm all your future projects, but there are a few rules (and common courtesy!) to follow to make sure that everyone is having a pleasant time. 

1. Control Your Dog

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Part of Lowe’s policy includes that owners or handlers must have full control of their pets at all times. While it says that heeling or walking calmly besides the handler is allowed, we always err on the side of caution and say leash your pet! You never know what surprises are in store that could startle your pup or require additional control.

2. Don’t Be Disruptive

While it may be just you and Fido working on the home improvement project, you’re not the only two who are shopping in the store. We expect you to be able to control your excitement over new low-flush toilet technology, but Lowe’s expects him to be non-disruptive as well.

Some of the examples that Lowe’s provides of disruptive behavior are aggression toward animals or people, jumping on people or surroundings, barking, growling, etc. So if Fido is in the mood to do that today, maybe let’s skip the Lowe’s trip? 

3. Clean Up After Your Pup

You’d think this one is common knowledge, but if your pup has an accident, clean up after them! If you need additional supplies, ask a Lowe’s associate. But as a better solution, avoid the situation altogether by giving your dog a potty break before heading inside. 

A screenshot of Lowe's pet policy that states service animals and pets are allowed in US stores.

So What Are You Building Together?

Whether you’re here to repaint a bedroom, plant a garden, or make your dog a dig box (so he leaves your new garden alone!), there are plenty of projects to plan with pup at Lowe’s. Heck, it can even be a fun enrichment activity to let doggo enjoy all the sniffs, or a place for a stroll on a rainy day

Just don’t forget to call ahead to make sure that your local Lowe’s is OK with fluffy guests and to prepare your dog to have the best experience pawssible. 

What project are you working on with pup? Woof at us in the comments and tag us with #SidewalkDog in all your DIY fun!

Featured photo: Oldsmar Lowe’s Dog Page

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