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    Default Dogs at Outdoor Food Cafes..

    I have just read this. I dont know where I stand on the issue really.

    Cafe pet ban

    I have taken Gigha to our local Gloria Jeans. I sat outside on a table closest to the curb and furtherest away from other people. For their benefit and hers as she was only small and a bit scared. I thought this was ok.

    However I dined at an awesome resturant on the Glod Coast where the tables were all outside, under cover, and a couple brought their dog in and the dog sat under the table next to us while we ate what turned out to be a $300 meal.

    Now for me, I wasnt comfotable with that. What is the difference? Why wasnt I comfotable. Well I guess it was because

    a) the amount of time spent eating a meal as supposed to a coffee and cake. The dog was there for two hours.
    B) the amount of money we were spending and the type of resturant it was. It was not cheap and def not a 'cafe' takeaway.
    C)I was concerned about the dog doing it's business right next to my table
    D) I was also concerned that when my back was turned my 4 yr old would be off to the dog and then we would have dog fingers and licks whilst having dinner. My problem to control my child BUT at the same time, I am out for dinner in a resturant, not a park and it is a worry I dont think I should have..

    Having said all that the dog was well behaved, didnt even bark or do business so maybe it is me that needs to change my attitude?

    What do you guys think?

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    When I go to a restaurant or a cafe, I don't want to be bothered by dogs... or children. I say ban both.

    I am happy to have designated dog friendly places and then I can choose if I want to have my latte with a dog beside me.

    I wasn't joking about the banning children bit either. You see, what I find comfortable, you may not. I don't like listening to children in restaurants. If there were 'child friendly' restaurants and cafes, then I would know which to choose. The same with dogs.
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    I have absolutely no problems with a dog under the neighbors table if it's well behaved. My favorite cafe has an outside area and on the weekends there are almost always dogs around. Nero loves to come with us too and is very well behaved, lying under our table and just watching the world go by.

    Barking dogs or screaming kids are their owners (parents) responsibility in my view. And I would hope or expect that both would be removed to not disturb the other guests - at least until they calmed down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by margoo View Post
    Barking dogs or screaming kids are their owners (parents) responsibility in my view. And I would hope or expect that both would be removed to not disturb the other guests - at least until they calmed down.
    Very much agree! That is coming from a mother of a four year old and a three year old humans along side a 1 year old fur child!

    All three of them are feral haha
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    I have a problem with sitting near people who are badly behaved, adults and children alike. I have the same opinion of dogs. If people/dogs are well behaved I don’t mind sitting near them. If they carry on like idiots then of course I am going to be cranky and objectionable. Ban Everyone!

    Frankly I would like more places to be okay with dogs. I wish I could take Johnny more places. I guess we will just have to continue going to Cafe Bones!

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    I agree with Michelle. poorly behaved humans young and old and poorly behaved pups or dogs in a public area pee me off.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    If the cafe is taking part of the public footpath from walking - I think it fair enough they should allow dogs too.

    But - the dog owners should be more responsible for what their dogs do. Ie if the dog is barking and growling aggressively - they should take the dog away for everyone's safety and the comfort of the dog.

    And if their dog makes a mess - they should clean it up and deposit the mess in a bin well downwind of the cafe. Same as if their children make a mess.

    I think we're way too paranoid about dogs. You have more health risks from being close to other humans. And children are often much worse behaved than dogs at cafes.

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    For me it doesn't matter if it is outdoors, people still eat there. Whether it be a whole meal or coffee and cake, not everyone appreciates (or even likes) dogs, so keep them away from places people are eating.

    If it's a cafe that is 'dog friendly' meaning there is signage stating dogs are allowed then fine, that gives the non dog lovers a chance to avoid slobbery canines by not eating there.

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    not sure i like the no kids comments.

    actually I AM sure i dont like the no kids comments.

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    I find these responses really interesting. I grew up in a city where dogs are permitted pretty much everywhere and nobody questions it. Parks, outdoor and indoor (yep) cafes and restaurants, all public transport, etc. Dogs sitting outside supermarkets waiting are a very common sight. I don't recall to have ever come across a seriously misbehaved dog in my previous life They're just there; a part of your life and wherever you go dogs are there too. Perhaps if your dog is your shadow from a young age they don't even think of bugging the neighbours table

    Here I didn't even bother finding out if I could take my dog on a bus, because in the city I couldn't take him anywhere anyway.

    I take the point that not everyone likes dogs. But there are a lot of things I don't like and no question of banning all of them. Teenagers for example... (sorry dan4nas no offence)

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