What's the deal with dogs allowed into Bunnings?

Love dogs, but should they really be allowed into Bunnings. Just saying.

When I had a dog she was either left home or tied to a pole outside if I needed to go into a store.

Today wasn't hot and you can always carry some water for your pet.

I'm not talking about assistance animals as they are obviously allowed, so owners can get around.

Bunnings have already had to pay medical costs for a child being attacked by a dog in store.

Poll to end this Sunday.

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  • 625
    Dog's are ok to be let into Bunnings.
  • 565
    Dog's shouldn't be allowed into Bunnings.

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  • +1 vote

    I love seeing plenty of dogs in Bunnings. Most are either carried or in a trolley and I haven't seen a mess on the floor yet (but being Bunnings they'd have it tidied up in minutes).

    Don't leave your dog in a hot car or bored at home. Take it for a cruise to Hammer Barn, but leave the onions off it's sausage!

  • +1 vote

    As per the Bunnings website:

    Pets are permitted if:
    Secured safely in a vehicle
    On a lead and wearing a muzzle
    Carried

    Assistance dogs are always welcome.

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      I have no problem if the dogs owners followed the rules and pick up the poops along the way.

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      As an employee maybe you can tell us if the trolleys get any sort of regular cleaning?
      Only last week I had to get a replacement trolley due to the amount of what looked like fur in the first trolley that I selected.

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    Master went bonkas because they could not master dogs!

  • +2 votes

    Only guide dog should be allowed. That's it. Dogs should not be allowed in shops where they can pee on goods and owner may not clean up properly.

  • +1 vote

    Pretty sure in vic they have to be in a trolley.

    I've taken mine a few times and just take a box when I walk in, flatten it put it in the trolley and have him sit on it. He loves it, isn't remotely aggressive and jsut wants pats.

    I guess if your dog was a dick that's a different story.

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    I don't believe people should be bringing their dogs into a store other than a pet store, let alone a hardware store filled with dangerous goods (ranging from poisons to heavily weighted items that could topple over or fall). Quite a good way to dissuade the people who dislike dogs or have a phobia from shopping there.

    • +2 votes

      Yes I also believe that people shouldn’t be bringing their kids to a hardware store filled with dangerous goods. They should be limited to a Toy store only!

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        Many people have a phobia of dogs and other animals. Quite reasonable considering the possibility of being mauled. It happens in Australia every year

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    We take our dog into Bunnings Alexandria and Artarmon; and also Home HQ Artarmon all the time. It gives him a walk.

    • +9 votes

      there are also outside parks for him to have a walk…..

      • -2 votes

        Really? I hadn't noticed.

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    Its a shame that Bunnings decided to have apet aisle to start this rubbish. Tradies I get. They are in the back a ute, but the dogs stay in the ute whilst tradies come through the TRADE area!

    To have their 'fur babies' (dont get me started on that annoying term), in the basket where our products go is disgusting. We all know that service dogs are never bought into these types of conversations, but when people think anxiety will be cured by a dog in their trolley in bunnings, need further deep dive into personal issues.

    Im allergice to dogs, it annoys me when dogs are in trolleys, or walking freely. They are to be muzzled accoridng to their policy, but even then they shouldnt be roaming. Close down the kids play area and move it outside, and owners can lock up their dogs in there with other dogs, while they shop!

    Stop the crap Hammer barn!

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      Username doesn't match.

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        Needs to be a spellcheck before posting IMO

  • +1 vote

    The issue that almost perfectly divides OzB

    Who would have thunk it?

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      Yeah. I know. Hence why I thought it was a good topic. When we had our dog she gave her enough attention and was walked everyday. I didn't need to take kids or dogs to Bunnings as they would just make my task take longer. In and out. I think I have only seen 2 dogs in my experience at Bunnings, hence why my surprise when I see one. I just think you better look after that pet.

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    prob too much liability etc…and i agree. Would you accept all dogs allowed in your home?

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    Hey OP here's a picture of my dog at Bunnings:

    https://www.photobox.co.uk/my/photo/full?photo_id=5036567398...

    • -2 votes

      No pic, but thanks. As long as your taking responsibility for your dog then that's fine as they are allowed. I just don't think they belong there. IMO

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    I hope we become more like Europe where it’s more accepted that dogs and other pets are permitted in retail shops.

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      lol and allow smoking in front of cafes? I actually enjoyed that in Paris.

      • +1 vote

        Smoking and non smoking areas please :)

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    Australia is the exception rather than the rule where dogs are concerned. Many nations throughout Europe and elsewhere are far more welcoming to dogs in pubs, restaurants, cafes and stores. Bunnings definitely got more business from me when they announced dogs were allowed in store. Dogs are sentient, social, emotional animals just like humans, and need stimulation and social interaction for their mental health. If you leave your dog at home every time you go out, you probably shouldn't have a dog.

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  • +1 vote

    What if they piss and shit inside?

    • +1 vote

      What if a kid does that?

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        You do realise that there are toilets for humans in bunnings which generally parents would take their kids to.
        This comparison between kids & dogs is silly. I've seen stupid adults at bunnings - either in peoples way or blocking access to isles with their trolley's, doesn't mean all people should all be banned.

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          Like a bucaneers fleet?

  • +1 vote

    My dog comes to Bunnings, he just sits in the trolley on some cardboard. He does not leave this position He doesn’t bark and is friendly to everyone who wants to say hello. Never muzzled him, never will. There’s always going to be irresponsible parents/dog owners.

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      Exacty like mine. He's 4kg, white, fluffy and super friendly (maltese)

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      So you want your dog to be allowed into Bunnings but refuse to follow their rules by muzzling your dog.

      Lovely……yep that's pretty much what I see in Bunnings every time I visit.

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        If it's in the trolley and leashed why would it need a muzzle?

        • -1 vote

          Um…..perhaps because that's a Bunnings condition of entry?

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            @Homerlovesbeer: Dogs that are carried in a customer’s arms or in a trolley don’t need to be leashed or muzzled.

            • +1 vote

              @EmCKay: The Bunnings policy actually does not specify they can be in a trolley.

              Pets are permitted if:
              Secured safely in a vehicle
              On a lead and wearing a muzzle
              Carried

              I can't see that being wheeled in a trolley is covered there. I don't agree that 'carried' means the same as left in a trolley. The three criteria all indicate you have physical control of the dog. Being in a trolley is not the same level of control and neither is it a vehicle.

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                @Grunntt: I’m aware of the policy, just letting you know what’s permitted. I don’t necessarily agree with it.

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    Not everyone treats their dogs as lawn ornaments. Some take them with them wherever they go, the more a dog gets out the better behaved they get as they get used to the world.

    I've personally never taken my dog in but I appreciate the option.

    • +1 vote

      Why do they have to go where ever you go? If you have to take him to Bunnings and leave him outside, I'm sure they will get enough socialisation from the passing traffic. Do you take your pet into the toilet cubical. Just saying.

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        I have a dog and have a muzzle I put the muzzle on my dog and go to Bunnings, why do you not like dogs in bunnings?

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          I love dogs. Why put a muzzle on the poor thing just so he can go into Bunnings. Why take him at all.

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            @Melb88: I have a rescued Greyhound, she is used to wearing a muzzle (unfortunately) she is used to people crowds and being touched.
            I would say she is the perfect dog to take to bunnings.

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    Couldn't care less about people bringing their pets to Bunnings. Unless it's a crocodile or something.

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    I've seen dogs that are better behaved than some so called humans, the type of person that would raise a dog that would attack a child aren't the same type of people that consider their dog their best friend and constant companion and WANT to take them into Bunnings.. as for the child being "set upon".. if i was walking through Bunnings and some annoying 5 yr old tried to pat me because their parents weren't supervising her or didn't teach her how to respectfully approach animals then I would probably try to bite her too… look up the article and there's a pic of the vicious wounds… the dog must've had dentures because there is barely a mark

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    people treat their dogs like children and in the modern world theres no discrimination or criticism allowed so people will do what they like

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    I can understand wanting to be able to take your pet in the store if you are already out and need to duck in. I think the people who bring their dog in on purpose though are making up for a lack of personality and to get attention. Same with people who bring their dogs to the pub

  • +3 votes

    Before the muzzle rule I used to take my dog to Bunnings whenever I could, big 50kg German Sheppard X Rottweiler, absolutely lovely dog contrary to her looks, gentle as a flower. She used to get so many pats at Bunnings.

    I have also patted quite a few dog in Bunnings, I always ask permission first before doing so in case the dog is not down with it. Never had a problem with them.

    But I have been rammed with trolleys by both kids with the kids trolleys, or adults not looking where they are going, or just not giving a crap. Also be sworn at by other people in Bunnings a couple of times. So to me dogs are better in Bunnings than people.

    Also on a side note I was at Barbeques Galore the other day and this couple looking at buying a new BBQ had a big German Sheppard with them, staff let him in, and while they were talking to the staff about products, I spent about 5 minutes giving him cuddles, the big softie, and of course with owners permission.

    Side side note, as a manager at a pub, I used to let people eat in the outside eating area of the Bistro, as long as they sat on one of the boundary tables, so technically the dog was not in a food service area. Also provided them with water. Even had a customer bring in their pet lamb one day. Was funny watching all these big tough tradies going all softie with this cute lamb in the DOSA.

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    my dog is welcomed at bunnings. from public and even more so the staff. They come up asking if they can say hi and take a pic.

    But then again, my dog is more behaved than a lot of kids. so yeh let the responsible owner bring their dog in

    • +1 vote

      Can't the photoshoots happen outside.

  • +5 votes

    As I couldn’t see this posted already, my big objection is that (like 10-20% of the population) I’m allergic to dogs, even though I love them. A service dog is well trained and doesn’t come up to me. But I’ve had a dog in Bunnings lick my leg while I wasn’t paying attention and then had itchy hives for the next 3 hours. The allergy many people have (including me) is related to the saliva and urine of the animal, not the fur. Putting dogs in trolleys etc where they lick the handles etc creates a problem. The dry saliva on their fur flakes off and creates an airborne allergen. As a result I tend to avoid Bunnings entirely on weekends and try for early morning trips when they first open during the week.

  • +3 votes

    Was on a trip pre-covid to California and I must say I was not impressed with dogs being allowed into restaurants/cafes. Bunnings is another matter, you're not fussed too much about cleanliness but having dogs, their hair and spittle where you're about to sit and dine is absolutely atrocious.

    I saw owners who thought of their little "darlings" as amazing where I saw it as a ratbag… I mean, having little chihuahua's sitting on a chair and even in bags on table's licking crumbs off it. Where the next patron is going to sit and not know… and at some of these establishments, you'd have no chance but to grab a table as it was packed so the tables were not even wiped properly before the next person.

    And before some of you jump to "but dogs are amazing" etc… think of some of these owners like a Karen who wraps her dogs in baby slings, and daring you to say something nasty to how their "children" behave. I think California has one of the highest rates of dog ownership in the US: http://www.seecalifornia.com/dogs/california-dogs.html

    The clean freak in me was not impressed. I hope Australia/NZ doesn't follow suit.

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    They should be allowed everywhere like in the US.

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    Is being in a trolley counted as being carried?

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      Yes

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        So you can have a huge-ass unmuzzled dog being carried in a huge-ass trolley.

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          Yep. Thems the rules (I’m not saying I agree with them)

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            @EmCKay: That’s okay.

            I was only interested in the rules.

            Thanks.

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    I take my dog every now and then but only because I can. He would happily sit outside and wait like he has to at most other stores. I can't help but chuckle to myself as I push him through the isles in a trolley.

  • +5 votes

    I saw a woman walking a dog at milan airport. It suddenly stopped to shit on the floor. When the woman realised,she just kept walking and pretended it didn't happen. This is the main reason why we shouldn't allow pets inside.

  • +3 votes

    Dog mauled by ‘unrestrained’ animal in horror Bunnings incident

    Witnesses described watching the ‘unrestrained’ animal attack a smaller dog before the owner fled from the store.

    Eyewitnesses have told NCA NewsWire how they witnessed staff at the Stafford warehouse repeatedly ask the owner of the larger dog to restrain his animal in the store on Sunday before the attack occurred.

    • +1 vote

      was about to post this. exactly why they shouldn't be allowed.

      it would be incredibly hard for staff to forcibly enforce the owner with the dog due to staff being in harms way.

      correct me if I'm wrong, but lots of incidence of attacks with that specific breed of dog?

      • +1 vote

        was about to post this. exactly why they shouldn't be allowed.

        Well to be fair from the initial reporting the guy was approached and asked to leash the beast a few times before the incident. It sounds like it was all too avoidable.

        I suspect this guy probably walks his dog through Coles and Woolworths in the same fashion; unfortunately you can't fix stupid.

        correct me if I'm wrong, but lots of incidence of attacks with that specific breed of dog?

        The bite-iest dogs in Australia are the Australian Cattle Dog followed by the Bull Terrier breeds. The Pit Bull specifically isn't any more agressive than the other terrier breeds; but has bulk and mass to do damage when it does. The cattle dog being a working breed accounts for the most bites/injuries in current statistics by and far.

        I've got a pig dog on the property and a cattle dog, the cattle dog i wouldnt let near children or strangers, more obedient and willing to please but more likely to bite.

    • +1 vote

      Stores are for humans and dogs are animals. Plain and simple. As much as you can train them, you cannot control them nor can you control how they react to other dogs/other humans. The repercussions for a human killing another human in a Bunnings store means that it will most likely never happen because humans are aware of these repercussions. A dog does not know they will be put down if it attacks anything else, and as per the article, DGAF.

      A human will be extremely unlikely to drop their pants and shit or piss in aisle 5. A dog will.

      Any human who thinks otherwise does not deserve to be pet owners.

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      How lucky for Bunnings that it wasn't an infant. Company Directors would be prosecuted with potential jail term and huge fine and a massive damages payout. The stupidity of this large corporation! Now counseling required for staff and public required…. Plus no doubt a claim for damages for the deceased pet.

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      if only all the people who continue to think that dogs should be allowed in shops didn't think that way. selfish

  • +2 votes
    • +1 vote

      Interesting how the poll finished a few weeks ago before this event. I wonder what the comments will be after this has happened.

      I have several dogs bit don't take them into stores other than pet stores, and that's just to check sizing. Whilst I'm 99% certain they'll cause no issues, I'd hate for one to take a disliking to a kid or someone else's dog and end up with something getting bitten

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        Would have been interesting how the poll may have swung with this new info, but the voting was reasonable even with the dog lovers just taking the win at that time of close.

    • +1 vote

      you are a few hours late as Baysew posted about this just before you… refer above and peoples comments too…