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Old 04.02.2011, 14:44
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

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I take my (small) dog with me everywhere, except supermarkets. I got expelled by security guys twice so far:
- from Mediamarkt: it was my fault, I didn't see the sign at the entrance saying dogs are forbidden
- from the Conservatoire where I bring my son for his music class. There I was less happy about it, as there's absolutely no sign or anything saying dogs are forbidden in the building
If they do not have a dog forbidden sign then I refuse to leave.
Had an interesting discussion in the Clinic in Zurzach that has no "Dogs forbidden" signs. The doctors & nurses thought my dogs were great & made a fuss of them but the lady who ran the coffe shop objected; I pushed my ignore button.
Dogs are not allowed in shops that sell food although usually restaurants are OK unless (like MacDonalds) they have "Dogs forbidden" signs.
Once got asked to leave Manor in Winterthur by an officious d*ck of a store detective - they did have signs that I had ignored.
Usually Post Offices have signs but so far nobody has objected.
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Old 04.02.2011, 17:01
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

My experience...

Shops selling food - definitely no go, leave him outside or at home
Shopping malls - depends on mall, Balexert said ok, call beforehand
Post office - definitely no go, even my tiny local branch office had a matronly staff member who told me off for bringing my dog inside

Sounds like Geneva is a bit unwelcome toward our four-legged friends, but...

Restaurants - Now this is where Geneva easily beats London and New York. Dogs are welcome in most places even fairly formal ones. We were in one of the Domaine de Châteauvieux restaurants. We asked in advance if dogs were welcome. "Mais bien sûr!" came the response. And they had water dish all ready for him when we arrived!
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Old 04.02.2011, 17:10
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

If you pretend to be blind and have a Labrador, your dog can go anywhere with you.
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Old 04.02.2011, 17:13
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Whiskey is a bouvier appenzel crossed with a terrier(?). Not a big dog but definetely not a handbag type
Ahhh, a blended whiskey rather than a single malt.
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

My favorite places to take the dog (and everyone else does too):
Manor
Ikea
Pet store

No food shops (or food part of Manor), although old ladies with lap dogs in the cart do. I keep an eye out for no dog signs but lots of times people say it's O.k. anyway if I ask.

The bus kiosks sell reduced price dog tickets!

People either love the dog or are afraid of them. What's up with the look of absolute terror on the faces of old people and children alike around my ridiculously goofy and friendly looking dog? Bizarre that so many people seem to have dogs but the other half of the population is terrified of them (with little reason IMO). To the child who bursts out crying at the sight of my dog and the ridiculous parent who acts like he's an attack dog, I tell them not to be wimps (I think most of the time they don't understand, lol!). It's absurd that children are not taught to be around animals and be appropriately cautious until the friendliness of the dog and owner is ascertained and then give the dog a friendly pat (or not) as I was taught as a kid. I really can't stand people's extreme attitude toward the dog sometimes. I raised him well for goodness sake! It was an adjustment to get used to that's for sure.
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Old 04.02.2011, 21:23
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I'd like to take a dog (Dachsund) out with me for a jaunt around Geneva.
I'm confused - first you say it's a dog, then you say it's a Dachshund. So which is it?

I'm kidding, I'm kidding.

Dachshunds always remind me of when I was learning German and seeing how they build their words up in such a logical way. Like Handschuh is a glove because it's like a shoe for your hand. Or Liegevelo is a recumbent bicycle because it's a bicycle you lie down on. Brilliant, logical, even beautiful. And then I learnt that Dachs was badger and Hund was dog, and it all made wonderful sense, here was a dog for hunting badgers and we'd taken the German name because it was so apt.

I was so confused when I realised that they're not called Dachshund in German

( Sorry for the offtopic, couldn't help it! )
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Old 04.02.2011, 21:38
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

I find Switzerland to be so dog friendly. When my beloved dog was still with me we used to go to restaurants, shops etc and it was so nice to be able to do that.
I would agree not to ever leave your best friend outside a shop if they are not allowed. Best to leave them at home ....
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Old 04.02.2011, 22:34
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People either love the dog or are afraid of them. What's up with the look of absolute terror on the faces of old people and children alike around my ridiculously goofy and friendly looking dog? Bizarre that so many people seem to have dogs but the other half of the population is terrified of them (with little reason IMO).
It's not so bizarre. I'm a dog owner, but I do have sympathy for the people who are afraid of them. Before I became an owner, I was quite afraid of dogs and I now know why. A significant number of owners are pretty irresponsible and do not make much effort to train their dogs. Their dogs bark, pull at the leash, etc. They threaten not just humans but other dogs as well.

Geneva has implemented a dog training law after those fatal attacks a few years ago. This has helped somewhat, but still too many do not take the responsibility of dog ownership seriously.
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And then I learnt that Dachs was badger and Hund was dog, and it all made wonderful sense, here was a dog for hunting badgers and we'd taken the German name because it was so apt.

I was so confused when I realised that they're not called Dachshund in German
They are called Dachshund in German too, it's just not as frequent as Dackel. It's a bit like an Old English Sheepdog, a.k.a Bobtail.

By the way, I know there are young Old English Sheepdogs, which is about as oxymoronic as dark light beer or Microsoft Works. However, I've yet to meet a New English Sheepdog.
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Old 04.02.2011, 23:43
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

Recently popped to the shops with said Dachshund. It was a corner shop selling newspapers and sweets so deemed it worth my first proper 'Swiss dog culture test'. Whilst in the shop there was another Dachshund already in there with her owner...

All I can say is...there was 'a moment'.

My borrowed British male Dachshund meeting a Swiss female Dachshund on the tile floor. They touched noses and there was much tail wagging. How cute is that? The other owner was nice too but I didn't understand a word he said.
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A few weeks ago, my AOH, Laddie (a sable-and-white Rough Collie) and I were standing in a store in Shopville, my AOH looking for a T-shirt for her son in Michigan. A female voice behind me said, "Jo Grüezi," and that in a tone like welcoming an old friend. I turned around and saw a middle-aged lady, seemingly the owner of the store. I said "Grüezi" too. She smiled and replied, "Oh, I'm not talking to you, I'm talking to the dog." She went behind the counter and came back with a goody for the dog.
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My dogs patiently wait outside shops for me, especially the bakery.

They were very disappointed when the local butcher retired and closed his shop.

I am not at all nervous about leaving our dogs outside a shop in the village. There are three of them, and everyone knows who their rightful owner is.
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

Can anyone chime in with specifics on Bern? My girlfriend seems to think dogs will not be welcome. I haven't seen many, but here and there I seem to see them in all manner of shops... Including Coop City, though not in the food part.
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