It's not uncommon to see service dogs in stores, but there are some stores that welcome all dogs to do some shopping in Michigan.

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Why take your dog into a store with you? Well, if you were on your way back from the dog park or vet, you might decide to do a little shopping. According to ProudDogMom.com, there are benefits like socialization, distraction training, building their confidence, strengthening your bond, and...it's just fun. Before you even enter a store, you should "let your dog watch from a distance. Either from your car or a bench, sit with your dog and let him watch the world go by. He’ll get to see all different types of people walking around, hear the sound of shopping cart wheels dragging along the ground, watch cars whizzing by, and the list of stimuli goes on. When your pup sees or hears something new and has a positive reaction, give him a treat and verbal praise."

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If you choose to take your dog to the store, make sure it is well-behaved, on a leash and that you have plenty of poop bags.

According to Rover.com, here are other things to consider:

“It’s wise to consider how long to visit a store and what times of day to go. Will your dog get tired, hungry or thirsty being out for too long? What can you bring with you to keep your dog happy? When will the store be quieter and less overwhelming for your dog? This can of course depend on what store you’re going to, so have a think about it before you set off.”

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Here's a list of stores who generally have a pet-friendly atmosphere. Managers have discretion and local ordinances may differ, so take a minute for a quick look at the store's website, social media, or even a quick phone call.

Some shopping malls are dog friendly as well!

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