Are Dogs Allowed at Walmart?

Are you a pet parent who loves to bring your furry friend along on all your adventures? If you’re planning a trip to the nation’s largest retailer with your pet, you might be wondering if the store allows animals inside. While it’s true that pets are generally not allowed in Walmart stores, there are some exceptions.

Are Dogs Allowed at Walmart?

While pets are generally not allowed in Walmart stores, there are a couple of exceptions to this rule: Service animals and superstores that are home to an Essentials PetCare veterinary surgery, which obviously allows dogs (and other pets!) in the designated medical area. 

What are Service Animals?

Service animals are animals that are trained to perform tasks for individuals with disabilities, such as guiding the blind or assisting with mobility for individuals who use wheelchairs. These animals are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are allowed to accompany their owners to all public places, including Walmart stores.

If you are planning to bring a service animal with you to a Walmart store, it is important to be aware of the following guidelines:

  • The animal must be under your control at all times. This means that the animal should be wearing a harness, leash, or other tether, unless these devices would interfere with the animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents the use of these devices.
  • The animal should be well-behaved and not cause any disruptions in the store. If the animal becomes disruptive or poses a threat to the safety of others, employees may ask you to remove the animal from the store.
  • The animal should be wearing a vest or other identifying gear that clearly indicates that it is a service animal. This will help prevent any misunderstandings or confusion about the animal’s role.

Walmart employees may ask you whether your service animal is required because of a disability and what work or tasks the animal has been trained to perform. However, they are not allowed to ask you about the specifics of your disability or require documentation or proof that the animal is a service animal.

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