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Old 03.02.2011, 18:33
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Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

I'd like to take a dog (Dachsund) out with me for a jaunt around Geneva. I spotted someone with a German shephard in a large-ish shopping mall and a small dog in a florists...which kind of gave me the idea that I could 'shop' with a dog easier than I could get away with in London or New York.

What is the etiquette of a dog on a lead in a shop? A mall? On a bus? Other places? I have no plans to take him to a hospital/doctor's office!

If I have a lead, the dog is licensed and I have poop bags...can he come pretty much anywhere with me?
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Old 03.02.2011, 18:45
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usually animals stay outside. Now it can depend of the "bon vouloir" of the shop owner.

(bon vouloir = goodwill)
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Old 03.02.2011, 18:52
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

I never had problems taking Whiskey with me in any shop. Not even in restaurants. But when i go to Coop he stays outside
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things have changed since my childhood
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Old 03.02.2011, 18:55
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usually animals stay outside. Now it can depend of the "bon vouloir" of the shop owner.

(bon vouloir = goodwill)
I think I'll just stick to what I know about doggie etiquette in the UK. If someone comes up to me ranting in French I'll be clueless unless they rant in slow, basic French!
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

From the Geneva city website, here's the rules - read especially 'En promenade, je m'adapte'


http://ge.ch/dares/service-consommat...3176-7280.html

This tells where dogs should be on lead, where they are allowed to go off-lead, and where they are forbidden.

and FAQ:

http://ge.ch/dares/service-consommat...iens-7751.html

Note that additional - and very stringent -restrictions apply to dogs who fall under Geneva BSL.


Little Flower, to give you a bit of background:

Switzerland has recently gone through a wave of anti-dog feeling; Geneva was no exception. At one point in the hysteria Geneva imposed a muzzle restriction on all dogs of all breeds when in public parks. Fortunately cooler heads prevailed and the federal court struck that down (after law-abiding Chihuahua owners scrambled to find muzzles small enough to fit their little ones .) But keep this in mind as you take your dog around the city: while Geneva still remains quite a nice place for dogs and dog owners, there are many people who don't share our love of our four footed friends. So - when you take your doglet out and about, make sure you know the rules, and follow them at all times.

Have fun!


ETA: A point about leaving a dog alone tied up outside a shop:

While some people still do this, I would urge you not to do so. Sadly the world has changed - and there are folks who will bother a dog left alone, or children who do not understand that the cute little doggie is not a play thing. There have even been cases of dog theft. So for Fido's sake, if you are going somewhere where you know he is not welcome, leave him at home rather than waiting outside the shop.
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I never had problems taking Whiskey with me in any shop. Not even in restaurants. But when i go to Coop he stays outside
What kind of dog is Whiskey?
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From the Geneva city website, here's the rules - read especially 'En promenade, je m'adapte'


http://ge.ch/dares/service-consommat...3176-7280.html

This tells where dogs should be on lead, where they are allowed to go off-lead, and where they are forbidden.

and FAQ:

http://ge.ch/dares/service-consommat...iens-7751.html

Note that additional - and very stringent -restrictions apply to dogs who fall under Geneva BSL.


Little Flower, to give you a bit of background:

Switzerland has recently gone through a wave of anti-dog feeling; Geneva was no exception. At one point in the hysteria Geneva imposed a muzzle restriction on all dogs of all breeds when in public parks. Fortunately cooler heads prevailed and the federal court struck that down (after law-abiding Chihuahua owners scrambled to find muzzles small enough to fit their little ones .) But keep this in mind as you take your dog around the city: while Geneva still remains quite a nice place for dogs and dog owners, there are many people who don't share our love of our four footed friends. So - when you take your doglet out and about, make sure you know the rules, and follow them at all times.

Have fun!
Wow! Just when I thought I had arrived in a city flooded with nice little dogs and a cool place to enjoy 'borrowing' my boss's dog. I would say Geneva seems to have 4 x as many dogs as London's residential/cultural/honeypot areas. The amount of dogs on leads was something I noticed straight away in Geneva--especially little old ladies with dogs like 'mine'.
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Old 03.02.2011, 19:12
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What kind of dog is Whiskey?
Whiskey is a bouvier appenzel crossed with a terrier(?). Not a big dog but definetely not a handbag type

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I'd like to take a dog (Dachsund) out with me for a jaunt around Geneva. I spotted someone with a German shephard in a large-ish shopping mall and a small dog in a florists...which kind of gave me the idea that I could 'shop' with a dog easier than I could get away with in London or New York.

What is the etiquette of a dog on a lead in a shop? A mall? On a bus? Other places? I have no plans to take him to a hospital/doctor's office!

If I have a lead, the dog is licensed and I have poop bags...can he come pretty much anywhere with me?
I was in a restaurant in Zug the other day and the man sitting at the table next to us had his small four legged friend on the chair opposite him as though he was his lunch date! I've never seen that before!
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I never had problems taking Whiskey with me in any shop. Not even in restaurants. But when i go to Coop he stays outside
You have to disguise him:

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On a bus?

You have to buy him (or her?) a ticket. Half price, IIRC.

The dog can also get a GA, though (don't know if they mandate pictures for those, too), if you two travel a lot.
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

I take my Chihuahua everywhere in Switzerland. I usually carry her when I'm inside the shops. If they don't let dogs in than they usually tell me nicely and I leave but I've don't remember ever being told to leave.

I also take her in restaurants and cafes but she stays in her carrier case thing. I've seen larger dogs so I don't think it's a problem. Usually I look to see if there are other dogs there. I also take her into the COOP, but only if I have to run in quickly, and only in the travel carrier case, never out.


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You have to buy him (or her?) a ticket. Half price, IIRC.

The dog can also get a GA, though (don't know if they mandate pictures for those, too), if you two travel a lot.
Yes. You can also take them on public transportation. If they are small they don't need to pay at all. Now, I can't remember if they have to be in a carrier not to pay and of course this could be different in GE from VD. Check the bus website.
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I was in a restaurant in Zug the other day and the man sitting at the table next to us had his small four legged friend on the chair opposite him as though he was his lunch date! I've never seen that before!
He was clearly an accomplice of the pickpocket: he created a pretty impressive diversion, don't you think?
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

just this evening saw a golden retriever and something a bit smaller walking in Stücki shopping centre in Basel. We take our two everywhere too (not supermarkets though) and they are the size of a small pony, never had a problem.
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

Slightly off-topic, but once on the way home from the vet, I popped into Coop with my cat (in his cage). Even though he cried the whole time, nobody said anything.
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

Keep on the lookout for one of these. Generally dogs are accepted unless you see one of these. And this means even lap dogs. A woman carried a dog in her hands into a shop with a no dog sign the other day and the cashier threw her out.
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

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
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

Rookie goes everywhere with me, but he is always on a lead. I have never been told that he is not welcome anywhere.
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Re: Taking a dog into a shop--Okay? Eccentric? Or frowned upon?

My friend's dog loves to go shopping so she takes her's along pretty well everywhere except Supermarkets and places that have the no dogs sign. Mine hates shops so I don't take her out of respect, unless I have to.

On public transport dogs have to be in a carrier or pay kid's prices. Mine is small enough for a carrier but her ego won't allow it ( what can I say, pig headed dominant dog).

Dogs are allowed in restaurants but its up to you if your dog can behave in one. Mine loves it so no problem with barking. And now that nobody smokes anymore inside its great.

Some kantons are nicer than others to dogs of course but I won't go into that.
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