You can only use certain travel routes and companies to enter Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland).
Check the routes before you travel – they can change or may only operate at certain times of the year.
Pets usually travel as cargo, but there are different rules if you’re arriving by air or sea with an assistance dog.
Can I take my dog into Sainsburys?
Absolutely! Assistance dogs are welcome in all our stores and petrol stations.
Although the coffee shops don’t allow dogs inside, they welcome dogs outside—and even offer them a tasty “puppuccino” (cup of whipped cream) if you ask!
Hi Lisa, we allow assistance dogs only in our stores.
Mountain Warehouse – often has a bowl of water for dogs by the door and has a great pet range if your heading about and about with your dog hiking
DFS/Sofology carry a range of sofas in dog-friendly fabric and many of their stores welcome dogs. They said “We’re happy to welcome the whole family in our stores, including your dog! We want them to feel at home whilst you browse, so we don’t mind if they hop up onto the sofa with you. There are also water bowls and treats available to help them settle in.”
Some banks – such as Metro, HSBC and Natwest – allow dogs in-store, but this is often down to the individual branch, so always ask first! Metro is particularly dog-friendly, with bowls of water, dog treats and even dog bandanas in their stores!
Lush is known for being vegetarian friendly, with a line of products also suitable for vegans. They have a no animal testing policy on all their products, so you’ll be delighted to hear they are not only animal-friendly in regards to their products, but their stores are dog-friendly too!
Wren Kitchens are very accommodating to the whole family, with dogs welcome in all of their showrooms.
Shipping & transporting your dog from the USA to the UK
Playing to their middle-England fanbase, John Lewis caved in two years ago, lifting their dog ban. Now all their stores welcome pooches – in contrast to Selfridges and House of Fraser, which only allow them if carried (johnlewis.com).
Dogs of any size are allowed in the landmark West End department store – unlike Harrods and Fortnum & Mason, which only permit assistance dogs and guide dogs (libertylondon.com).
Dogs are welcome in the fashion store, and you can combine human and canine shopping by checking out the brand’s matching dog collars and leads available in both of its signature “swirl” and “stripe” designs (paulsmith.com).
Well-behaved pooches are welcome at Conran and what better companion to check out the designer store’s range of handcrafted toys, woven dog leads and doggy shampoos (conranshop.co.uk)?
Eye up your new iPad, or should that be iPaw-d, in any Apple store with your dog in tow – as long as they’re well-behaved and on a lead (apple.com).
Some of their bookshops are more dog friendly than others, even leaving out bowls of water – but it’s down to the manager’s discretion, so check with your local branch first (waterstones.com).