Are dogs allowed to go to IKEA in Austria and Germany?
What really applies now and why it is advisable to inform yourself in advance in each store anyway, you will learn in this blogpost.
First of all, let's take a look at the situation in Austria - since we had direct contact with the customer service here on their website and can answer the question quite up to date. We asked the service:
Are dogs allowed in Ikea in Austria?
YES! In Austria it is allowed to take the dog in IKEA. However, it is important that they are on a leash and with a muzzle to ensure the safety of all customers and employees. It is also advisable to ensure that the dog is well behaved and not aggressive towards other people or animals.
Many dog owners* also choose to put the dog in the shopping cart, for example. If you have to transport your dog in the shopping cart, you should know that it is not recommended, as it can be potentially dangerous for your dog and other customers. However, there are cases when it is unavoidable, such as when your dog is sick or injured and unable to walk.
Make sure your dog is safe and comfortable in the cart and that the cart is stable. You can place a blanket or towel in the cart to make it more comfortable for your dog. Also, make sure your dog doesn't jump or fall out of the cart by holding him or securing him with a special harness or basket.
As a general rule for other stores, it is also important to note that not all stores allow dogs to be transported in shopping carts. Therefore, make sure you know and follow the store's policies to avoid any problems.
So what applies to Germany now?
Is it allowed to take a dog to IKEA in Germany? Under what conditions?
YES! In Germany, it is in principle not allowed to take dogs into Ikea, unless it is an assistance dog. This regulation is laid down in Ikea's house rules and applies to all locations in Germany. However, assistance dogs accompanied by people with disabilities or reduced mobility are allowed. However, it is always advisable to check Ikea's current policies and regulations as they may vary by location and regional laws.
What can you do with your dog while shopping at IKEA?
Here's a recap of the most important things to consider when taking your four-legged friend with you. When you take your dog with you to the Ikea store, it's important that you make sure he's comfortable and doesn't get stressed or restless during your shopping trip. Here are some tips on what you can do:
Give your dog plenty of time to walk and relieve himself before you go shopping.
Bring a blanket or towel so your dog can rest and feel safe.
Make sure your dog doesn't overheat and has plenty of water available. A small water bowl and water bottle can be helpful.
Don't leave your dog alone in the car when it's warm.
Avoid leaving your dog unattended in an aisle or cluttered area.
If your dog likes to play with other dogs, distract him - feel free to give him a dog toy or chew bone to pass the time.
Always keep your dog on a leash and with a muzzle to ensure the safety of other customers and employees.