dog playing with ball in grass

If your dog has been cooped up with you for the last year – or you’re one of the many people who took advantage of your time at home and adopted a shelter dog or a new puppy – you know that relaxed Covid restrictions combined with the warm summer weather is bringing dogs and their owners outside in droves!

In dog friendly Madison, it’s not uncommon to see local businesses (especially in the State Street, Willy Street or Monroe Street areas) with a giant water bowl outside their establishment to hydrate the passing pooch.  But did you know that there are many places in the Madison area that will welcome your furry friend indoors as well?

Just like humans, dogs need socialization.  And according to local vets, that’s especially true for puppies between nine 2 dogs at restaurant outdoor dining areaand 14 weeks who are just learning their social skills.  That said, most vets and breeders will tell you to keep your puppies away from places that where many other dogs have been until they have gotten their 12-week vaccinations – unless you carry them!  That means no paws on the ground at heavily-dog-traveled places such as pet stores and even city streets with a lot of dog traffic (until fully vaccinated).

So where to go?  These suggestions were compiled from user experiences and online sources. **Since guidelines may be subject to change, it’s always a good idea to call ahead to make sure dogs are still allowed!


The Obvious:

  • Dog parks
  • Doggy day care

Stores / National & Local:

  • Ace Hardware
  • America’s Best Flowers
  • Anthropologie
  • Apple Store
  • Blaine’s Farm & Fleet
  • Cork & Bottle Liquor Store
  • Evereve
  • Free People
  • Hilldale Shopping center (outside)
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • Home Goods
  • Kendra Scott
  • Kitchen Ideas Center
  • Madewell
  • Mainstream Boutique of Madison
  • Marshall’s
  • Michael’s
  • Morgan’s Shoes
  • New Balance
  • Nordstrom (nationally)
  • Paper Source
  • Plant nurseries
  • Orvis
  • REI
  • Sierra
  • TJ Maxx
  • Title Nine
  • Twigs
  • Tuesday Morning
  • Ulla Eyewear
  • Untucked
  • University Bookstore Hilldale
  • Waterlilly
  • Wildewood
  • Zip-Dang Boutique

And most pet stores including:

  • Animart
  • bad dog frieda
  • Earthwise Pet Supply
  • MadCat
  • Mounds
  • Noah’s Ark
  • Pet Supplies Plus
  • Petphoria
  • PetSmart
  • Pet World Warehouse
  • Tabby & Jack’s


(We’re guessing this applies to outside dining only!)

  • Alchemy
  • Argus Bar & Grill
  • Babcock Dairy Store
  • Banzo
  • Bassett Street Brunch Club
  • Blended
  • The Boathouse Restaurant
  • Café Hollander
  • Capital Brewery
  • Colectivo Coffee
  • Cooper’s
  • Crema Café
  • Crescendo Espresso Bar
  • Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill
  • Dumpling Haus
  • Echo Tap & Grill
  • Forage Kitchen
  • Gigi’s Cupcakes
  • Glass Nickel Pizza
  • Great Dane
  • Green Owl
  • Hop Garden
  • Karben 4
  • Madison Sourdough
  • Maduro
  • Marigold Kitchen
  • Memorial Union Terrace
  • Michael’s Frozen Custard
  • Monty’s Blue Plate Diner
  • Mooyah Burgers
  • Octopi Brewing
  • Panera Bread
  • A Pig in a Fur Coat
  • Pooley’s
  • Red Rock Saloon
  • Shake Shack
  • Side Door Grill & Tap
  • Starbucks
  • Sujero
  • Tempest Oyster Bar
  • Villa Dolce
  • Wisconsin Brewing

Drive-Thrus Offering Treats for Pets:

  • Chick-fil-A
    (may have dog treats on their secret menu)
  • Culver’s – dog treat
  • Dairy Queen – pup cups
  • Dunkin Donuts – puppy latte
  • McDonald’s – dog treat
  • Starbucks – puppacino

So, call around and ask your friends – you’re sure to come up with even more dog friendly businesses in the area.  If you find some not on the list, be sure to let us know so we can add it!

dog eating ice cream coneBut beware – one place in Madison where your pup is not allowed?   The Dane County Farmer’s Market.  So, bring your appetite and your shopping bag, but please leave Fido at home.

And speaking of home… if you just feel like staying in, that’s OK, too.  Head to the freezer and curl up with your favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor – and a Ben & Jerry’s Doggie Dessert for Duke!