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Dog-friendly patios: OK, but not for every dog

Know how your dog will react to strange canines before bringing them to the restaurant.
Know how your dog will react to strange canines before bringing them to the restaurant. Star-Telegram

Man’s best friend might not be the best dinner guest.

As restaurant patios start turning on the heaters and inviting people to eat outside this winter, diners are inviting dogs to join them. A number of local restaurants are promoted as “dog-friendly,” allowing canines on the porch and in some instances, even inside. J.R. Bentley’s in Arlington and Bravo! Cucina Italiana in Fort Worth are a couple.

But as much as owners like the idea of bringing their pooches, the dogs might not agree.

Consider all the factors before bringing a pet, especially during peak times. Crowds can stress them out or they might get underfoot during the dinner rush, causing them to be scared or confused.

And don’t forget that there might be other dogs at the same patio. So if a dog isn’t too keen on sharing the space with a strange animal, the enjoyable evening could be cut short.

Just keep in mind how the dog might behave or react before heading over to a local dog-friendly cafe or pub. It will make everyone, including the pooch, a lot more jolly this holiday.

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