Dogs indoors in pubs and cafés

Jamie is currently considering introducing a change to the law into parliament that would give the owners of pubs and cafés the right to decide whether dogs are allowed into indoor areas. What do you think?

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Do you think the law should permit dogs indoors in pubs and cafés, subject to the business owner's permission?


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  • answered 2017-05-30 11:24:47 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: There are way to many dogs in Balmain. Our streets are just one big toilet, just take a look at our shopping strip its disgusting evidence of 1s and 2s are all over the place.
    I dont want to be sniffed by someones dog while I am eating or drinking thanks.
  • answered 2017-05-09 08:37:05 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: Dogs can change the atmosphere of a pub, in a positive way. Friendlier, more relaxed, and taking the focus away from alcohol consumption. As long as they are well behaved (and house trained), dogs are welcome wherever I go.
  • answered 2017-05-03 13:20:29 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: I have been trying to get my dog registered as a companion dog, so far no luck, because the authority says it has to be trained by a professional, what a crock of crap, I have been training dogs for over 50 years, hunting dogs, guard dogs, house dogs,when I get can I will will make an appointment to see you about this matter, thank you Cheers Peter
  • answered 2017-05-03 13:07:52 +1000
    Q: Do you think the law should permit dogs indoors in pubs and cafés, subject to the business owner's permission?
    A: Yes
  • answered 2017-05-01 11:25:01 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: Well behaved, friendly dogs should be able to accompany their owners just about anywhere, pub bars included. I can understand people not wanting dogs in restaurants, but I can’t see why there’s a problem having dogs in a public bar where drinks and bar food are served. I have a dog in my house, sometimes in the kitchen, even when we’re cooking, as far as I’m aware this never presented a health or hygiene issue to my family. Common sense and good hygiene practices should prevail at home, and in public, whether dogs are present or not. Dogs in pubs have been part of Balmain culture for years and as far as I can tell it’s never been a problem – get a grip people!
  • answered 2017-05-01 11:18:40 +1000
    Q: Do you think the law should permit dogs indoors in pubs and cafés, subject to the business owner's permission?
    A: Yes
  • answered 2017-04-30 20:53:05 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: Let the eating or drinking establishment decide. The patrons can vote with their feet.
  • answered 2017-04-30 11:41:51 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: I’ve been overseas and seen dogs on public transport etc, but not many inside bars or cafes. And I spotted a sign outside an Italian post office saying “no dogs”. As a nurse, I have many issues about hygiene, eg seeing people touching dogs or letting the dogs lick their hands, and then picking up shared items like salt and pepper shakers etc, or seeing dogs bums’ on chairs (parasites anyone?). Indoors, dogs and/or leashes could be a trip hazard – especially in an already cramped venue. And please, they are DOGS, not children. Get them out for a good run, not sitting around a noisy cafe or bar.
  • answered 2017-04-29 11:13:48 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: I love dogs (and all animals) but don’t own a dog because my brother is highly allergic to them. He suffers from asthma if he comes into contact with them and can’t go into establishments if dogs are there. I understand both points of view, especially the people that need their dogs if they suffer from a disability, but I’m not sure about everyone bringing their dogs into pubs & on public transport. My brother has been hospitalised in the past due to breathing difficulties after exposure to dogs. On the street he can avoid the contact but it’s hard when you unknowingly sit down on a surface that previously has had a dog in that spot.
  • answered 2017-04-29 10:08:56 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: Why is the UK so much more dog friendly than Australia? Dogs are
    allowed in pubs,on trains & so many more places. The country has
    not descended into chaos. In fact it makes for a friendlier more
    inclusive society.
  • answered 2017-04-29 07:04:51 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: Dogs are part of the family. They are a proven way of increasing mental and physical health, which is important for any thriving community. Many parts of the world understand how important dogs are and allow dogs into pubs, planes etc. These silly laws really do feel like more evidence of a nanny state in which people will end up having no idea how to take care of their own state of wellbeing.
  • answered 2017-04-28 19:21:56 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: Dogs are allowed on public transport system in Poland and many European ontrues, inside restaurants in South America, on beaches in Spain, inside the shops on Sunshine Coast with supermarkets providing rails outside to which digs can be tied up. The Brits are dog loving people. I’m shocked at the u friendly laws in Australia that is supposedly based on British heritage. I’m flabbergasted by the contempt that Tramsheds management shows to paying customers with their K9 unfriendly notices right at the entrance. Harold Park development was sold on the pretence that residents can have up to two dogs. Why would you make Transheds dog in residential backyard?? The development application process was done without residents input as they haven’t lived in their buildings yet. We cannot even pass through car park with our dogs as security watches on CCTV. So we walk all around through Jubilee park 1km instead of 50 metres. Equal rights for kids loving and dogs loving people. We all pay taxes but have differing lifestyle and requirements. Cheers.
  • answered 2017-04-28 18:31:56 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: Many dog owners frequently already allow their pets to pester other people in public places. I have no problem with dogs running freely in specific areas dedicated to that activity but in all other public areas they should be compelled to be on leads. Non dog owners should be allowed the right to frequent public spaces without having to put up with dogs urinating & (particularly) all too many owners not picking up their dog’s crap.
  • answered 2017-04-28 17:44:53 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: Let’s catch up with the rest of the world and allow dogs on commercial flights , pubs etc. as long as they are controlled.eg. America , the Uk.
  • answered 2017-04-28 17:17:08 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: I have seen cafe staff pat dogs at footpath tables. It makes me feel bit uncertain re hygiene. There are plenty of outdoor areas for the inner west’s growing canine population.
  • answered 2017-04-28 17:11:58 +1000
    Q: Do you think the law should permit dogs indoors in pubs and cafés, subject to the business owner's permission?
    A: No
  • answered 2017-04-28 17:06:23 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: If people don’t like dogs, go to places and pubs where they are not allowed – leave Balmain/Rozelle dog lovers and their dogs alone! Frankly, I know many dogs who are much nicer than some human beings!!
  • answered 2017-04-28 16:48:52 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: Any person that can’t go anywhere without their dog has a problem. I have seen some mangy looking creatures sitting on people’s laps slobbering all over the table. Totally unhealthy !!
  • answered 2017-04-28 16:48:49 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: Any person that can’t go anywhere without their dog has a problem. I have seen some mangy looking creatures sitting on people’s laps slobbering all over the table. Totally unhealthy !!
  • answered 2017-04-28 16:48:47 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: Any person that can’t go anywhere without their dog has a problem. I have seen some mangy looking creatures sitting on people’s laps slobbering all over the table. Totally unhealthy !!
  • answered 2017-04-28 16:45:55 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: I would like dogs to be allowed indoors in pubs, primarily, and cafes but agree they should be on leash, well-behaved, lie on the ground and not be fed.
  • answered 2017-04-25 14:38:53 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: Dogs are not any more unhygienic than humans. This law is simple pandering to the nanny state and should be done away with.
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  • answered 2017-04-25 12:33:41 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: Absolutely, dogs should be allowed in pubs at the discretion of the publican. Those who don’t like dogs can frequent pubs run by like-minded publicans. Almost 40 percent of NSW households have a dog. Many of those households are single occupancy, with the dog being the main companion for his or her person. It seems unnecessarily cruel to dictate that they can’t accompany them for a drink to their local. It’s also damaging to business for the pubs, as we have seen in Balmain where Council has started enforcing an antiquated law in response to a bitter and vocal minority, who can’t seem to stand the thought of dogs. As a result – we no longer go to the pub.
  • answered 2017-04-25 12:27:37 +1000
    Q: Do you think the law should permit dogs indoors in pubs and cafés, subject to the business owner's permission?
    A: Yes
  • answered 2017-04-24 06:20:38 +1000
    Q: Do you think the law should permit dogs indoors in pubs and cafés, subject to the business owner's permission?
    A: Yes
  • answered 2017-04-20 23:06:43 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: In many countries dogs are allowed in cafés/resteraunts/pubs. Most dogs are well behaved and is a joy not only to the owners but to many fellow guests. I can’t see any health risk in allowing dogs into eating areas provided they are controlled by their owners. Thank you Jamie for taking this on.
  • answered 2017-04-12 15:01:14 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: Pubs in Balmain have welcomed and enjoyed the company of well behaved dogs for over 30 years. I have seen how much pleasure my dog has given to dog lovers young and old over the last 13 years. I have enjoyed basking in his reflected glory as admirers declare him to be regal and beautiful. He makes people smile and makes children and adults alike happy.
  • answered 2017-04-10 18:57:25 +1000
    Q: Do you think the law should permit dogs indoors in pubs and cafés, subject to the business owner's permission?
    A: Yes
  • answered 2017-04-06 11:46:12 +1000
    Q: Any other comments you'd like to make?
    A: Well behaved pets should be welcomed. They should also be allowed on public transport to ease access to the vet.

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