SB105, sponsored by Nevada State Sen. James Settelmeyer, says yes. It would give bar owners the option of allowing dogs into their establishment at their discretion.
The bill was suggested by a constituent of Settelmeyer’s who lives in historic Virginia City, where dogs in bars are commonly seen.
“If you go to Virginia City, a lot of the bars, people have dogs in them,” Settelmeyer said. “Some constituents have indicated that other individuals are allowed to bring comfort animals into an establishment, so they too, should be able to bring their animals as well to a stand-alone tavern.”
When I visit Brandenton, Florida, I frequent a bar that allows dogs, large and small. There’s newcomers and regulars, just like their owners, and it is always a pleasing situation for everyone around.
However, any dog that has spent time inside the bar has been exceedingly well behaved, and obviously very used to the environment and attention.
This could be a problem for establishments that choose to open themselves up to furry attendees, as many dogs aren’t accustomed to being subjected to the constant sensory overload that often comes with places that serve alcohol. Not to mention, not everyone has the sense to be gentle when handling an animal if they’re intoxicated, and it could result in an injury or even lawsuit.
Dan Musgrove, a lobbyist for the Southern Nevada Health District, agrees. He believes that the law would create behavioural problems, such as dogs fighting with each other, dogs biting patrons, and employees having to be trained to deal with such incidents. “I’m an animal lover from birth,but in respect to this, I think we have to stand firm and say we just can’t allow them inside.”
And then there’s the unfortunate lack of responsible dog owners that exist, who might become even moreso if they let their pet tag along on a night on the town.
What are your thoughts? Should dogs be allowed in bars? I think it should be completely on the owner’s discretion, as there are many factors to consider before simply allowing everyone to bring their dog out for a drink or five.
If you’re a fan of the idea, here’s a website where you can find pet-friendly bars and restaurants in the US and Canada. 🙂