Do you want to go out to eat but feel guilty about leaving Rover at home? If you live in Ohio, you don’t have to! As of October 1, people in the state are allowed to bring their four-legged friends to restaurants. The pups are allowed only in outdoor patio areas and must stay on a leash. The new law gives restaurant owners the option to ban dogs if they want to. Ohio is among 10 states that have similar laws.
Many people think dining out with their dogs is a great idea. They say it’s a good way to spend more time with their pets, instead of leaving them home alone. Plus, they point out, restaurant owners have the right to ask people to leave if their dog bothers other customers.
“We only allow dogs that are well-trained and behave well,” says Jose Salazar, a restaurant owner in Cincinnati, Ohio.
But other people say restaurants are no place for canines. For one, the animals can pose a serious health risk to people who are allergic to dogs. Others argue that some dogs might be nervous around so many people. That could lead them to bark or growl—or even nip another customer.