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Does Kohl’s Allow Dogs in 2023? Pet Policy & Exclusions

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By Nicole Cosgrove


For dog owners curious about whether they can bring their furry companions to Kohl’s, the answer is, unfortunately, no. Like many chains, pets are not permitted in this store. But are there exceptions?

To answer that, we need to explore the store’s policies and other relevant information to give you a complete understanding of the rules when it comes to bringing your canine companion to Kohl’s.

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Kohl’s Pet Policy: No Dogs Allowed

Unfortunately, Kohl’s is not a pet-friendly retail chain. They have a strict “No Pets Allowed” policy in place, which means that your furry friends are not welcome inside their stores.

The main reason for this policy is to ensure the safety, comfort, and well-being of all customers, employees, and other visitors to the store. Some individuals may have allergies or a fear of dogs and allowing pets inside the store could lead to health concerns and discomfort for these individuals.

dog on a leash tied up outside a shop waiting for the owner
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Service Animals: The Exception to the Rule

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires all businesses1, including retail stores like Kohl’s, to allow service animals to accompany their handlers inside the store. Service animals are specially trained to perform specific tasks that assist people with disabilities.

It’s important to note that emotional support animals and therapy animals do not fall under the same category as service animals according to the ADA and therefore are not allowed in Kohl’s stores.

If you have a service dog, you should be prepared to answer questions from Kohl’s employees about the tasks your dog is trained to perform to assist you.

However, it’s important to remember that employees are not allowed to ask about your specific disability or require documentation or proof of your dog’s training. Your service dog must always be well-behaved and under your control while inside the store.

Service dog giving assistance to disabled person on wheelchair
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What to Do If You Have a Non-Service Dog

If you have a non-service dog, you will need to make other arrangements when shopping at Kohl’s. Here are some options to consider:

Leave Your Dog at Home: The safest and most comfortable option for your dog is to leave them at home while you shop. Make sure your dog has access to water, toys, and a comfortable place to rest during your absence.

Doggy Daycare: If you are going to be away from home for an extended period, consider dropping your dog off at a doggy daycare facility. These facilities offer a safe and supervised environment where your pet can socialize, play, and exercise while you shop.

Shop With a Friend or Family Member: Coordinate your shopping trip with a friend or family member who can stay outside the store with your dog while you shop. This way, your dog is not left unattended, and you can take turns watching each other’s pets.

Use Curbside Pickup or Online Shopping: Many retailers, including Kohl’s, offer curbside pickup and online shopping options that allow you to purchase items without entering the store. This way, you can keep your dog in the car or at home and avoid violating the store’s pet policy.

a staff member with several dogs at a doggy daycare kennel
Image Credit: Jayme Burrows, Shutterstock

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While it’s disappointing for dog owners to learn that Kohl’s does not allow dogs inside their stores, it’s crucial to respect their policy and make other arrangements for your pet’s care while you shop.

By understanding and following these rules, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable shopping experience for everyone involved. Always remember to check the pet policies of other retail establishments before bringing your dog along on your shopping adventures.

Featured Image Credit: Kohl’s (14676551240) (Image Credit: Mike Mozart, Wikimedia Commons CC 2.0 Generic)

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