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Does Ace Hardware Allow Dogs? 2023 Policy Update

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Ace Hardware is one of the largest retail stores in America and is well known for providing a wide range of hardware products and services. If you need to go shopping there and somehow can’t leave your dog at home, it is a relief that Ace Hardware is very welcoming to dogs and their owners.

The store features dog-friendly policies to ensure a great shopping experience. However, there are a few things that you need to be aware of before allowing your furry companion to join you in the store.

In this article, we will look at the Ace Hardware Pet Policy 2023 in detail. Keep reading to learn more.

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Ace Hardware Official Policy on Dogs in 2023

Even though you will not find it published on their website, the official policy by Ace Hardware states that it is a pet-friendly store, but with very clear guidelines.

While dogs of all breeds and sizes, including service dogs, are allowed into the hardware store, they must be vaccinated and kept on a leash at all times.

The pet policy by Ace Hardware was enacted after the owner realized that most of the store’s customers kept bringing their dogs with them. The policy helped to keep the store clean, as well as encouraged interactions between the customers.

The only pets that are prohibited are spiders, snakes, and other dangerous animals.

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Ace Hardware’s Dog Policy Varies Across Locations

While Ace Hardware stores may allow dogs into their premises, the right to admission will depend on each store. Ace Hardware stores are usually individually owned. So, you will not find a broad dog policy spanning the whole Ace Hardware chain.

In fact, according to their website, these chain stores, which were started in 1924, have over 5,000 stores spread across the world1. Most of them are operated by local entrepreneurs. So, different stores will have different policies and may even be limited by municipal regulations.

Therefore, individual store managers get the final say. They may limit admission to just small dogs or service animals. They can even ask a boisterous dog to leave the establishment even if the owner has an ESA registration letter2.

You can never really know if your mutt will be allowed to a specific store unless you call in advance to check on their specific dog policy.

Nevertheless, you should not expect any issues by taking your dog to an Ace Hardware store.

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The 7 Tips for Bringing Your Dog to an Ace Hardware Store

Once you ascertain that your local Ace Hardware is dog friendly, the best way to ensure that you have a memorable shopping experience with your dog is to prepare in advance. This way, you can make sure that your local hardware continues hosting you and your dog in the future.

1. Carry a Leash That Measures Six Feet

This will ensure that your dog is always by your side and doesn’t get tangled up in product displays. It will also help minimize the risk of tripping other shoppers in the store. Furthermore, do not carry a retractable leash because it will present a tripping risk.

2. Walk Your Dog Before Going to the Store

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If your dog gets easily excitable or is highly energetic, consider taking it for a walk before making a trip to the hardware store. He will be more docile and happier to stay by your side when their energy levels are depleted.

3. Pack a Clean-Up Kit

Besides packing doggy bags to collect and carry dog poop, you should also carry with you hand sanitizers and paper towels. You never know when they might come in handy.

4. Pack High-Value Dog Treats

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Remember to carry extra dog treats to attract your dog’s attention and maintain it. Tasty dog treats are perfect at redirecting the dog’s attention from potentially dangerous situations in the store.

5. Make a Bathroom Stop Before Entering the Store

Even if your dog relieved himself before leaving the house, take a few minutes to visit some bushes or trees near the parking lot so that your dog can pee or poop if they need to.

6. Ensure Your Dog Is Always by Your Side

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While strolling through the hardware floors, ensure that your dog remains by your side for both his safety and that of fellow shoppers. Keep in mind that not all people like dogs or prefer being near one. Some may even be suffering from extreme allergies caused by dander and dead skin cells from the dog’s fur coat.

7. Keep an Eye Out for Accidents

If your dog causes an accident in the store, you should pick it up immediately. Dogs can easily get confused by the new sights and smells in the store and end up being boisterous, thus hitting things on display. Also, male dogs are prone to marking behavior, so you should clean up as soon as they do. If you happen to walk near other dogs, increase your pace, or distract your mutt with a doggy treat.

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As you may have gathered by now, you can expect no issues by letting your dog accompany you to any Ace Hardware Store located in the United States. However, since Ace Hardware Stores are individually owned, some store managers can enact stricter policies than the general “yes to pets” policy.

Therefore, it’s always wise to call in advance and check the specific dog policy of the store in your Area. Also, you should adequately be prepared for the shopping trip by packing dog treats, a clean-up kit, and a leash. While in the store, ensure your dog is always by your side and you clean up immediately if they make a mess.

We hope this article has given you an insight into Ace Hardware’s rules and regulations regarding shopping with your dog.

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