Dog friendly ni

Helping businesses provide a great dog friendly experience

About Dog Friendly NI

Dog Friendly NI’s aim is to create a truly dog friendly society through the promotion of dog friendly businesses and activities across the province, while at the same time providing dog owners with information in relation to dog owner education and training. Owning a dog is so rewarding for both human and dog, and for some another heartbeat in the home. The promotion of physical and mental wellbeing is a key priority for Dog Friendly NI and will be introducing ‘Woof Walks’ for all. As a registered business with DFNI, you will join a network of like minded businesses, with networking opportunities to enable growth and development of local business. Being part of Dog Friendly NI is a stamp of approval for your business, and demonstrates your commitment to providing excellent products and services to dogs and their owners. The new PAW Grading Program® is a recognisable National Award of a venues’ services and facilities and a symbol of quality to dog owners nationwide.

Facebook page

Follow @dogfriendlyni on Facebook, and see the latest information on venues and events by our members.

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Instagram is our most popular platform for followers and interaction.  It is a fantastic resource for promoting your business/events/products to our dog loving followers.

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Paw Grading Program®

The introduction of a new ‘Paw Grading Program® is a nationally recognised symbol of quality to dog owners and a reference guide for the services and facilities provided by our venues.


Registered venues

All registered venues receive a DFNI certificate and window sticker making them recognisable to customers.  To register your business, scroll to the bottom and get more details

we are a nation of dog lovers

Dogs rock

Dogs are a source of companionship for many.  There is proven evidence that stroking a dog not only lowers blood pressure but also helps to reduce anxiety – how wonderful!

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are you dog ready?

Any business can welcome dogs

Do you have customers that already bring a dog?  Then why not let others know about it and make your business dog friendly?

Dog ownership

Dog ownership has increased in the last few years with approx. 40% of N.Ireland households owning a dog.   That’s a lot of dogs that need exercised, fed and watered in dog friendly businesses.

Dog ownership

Pet products

There has been a substantial increase in the volume and spend in pet products, with the majority of households classifying their pet as a member of the family.  More and more, as we do our weekly shop we are looking at the various dog foods and treats available.  Whether they are organic, grain free, vegetarian we as dog owners are buying them.

By 2023 there will be an increase of 25% in consumer spend! learn more

Pet Holidays

Increasingly more dog owners and families are choosing to opt for ‘staycations’ within the UK and Ireland in order to bring their dog along too.  It makes sense if you are planning a beach or country  retreat that fido comes too – and the stats are testament to this growing trend.   With this increase in consumer demand, so increases the expectation on businesses to fully cater for their pooch – and so the Paw Grading Programme© has been introduced.

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What Our Clients Say

Since creating the dog friendly map, the service offering to clients has increased to represent the volume of dog friendly businesses across the country.

“Jo was able to pull together various businesses to create a promotional competition from the Dog Friendly NI Business Network.   Her knowledge , experience and contact base is wide and varied combined with a very quick turnaround and successful campaign. Being part of Dog Friendly NI has really helped to raise awareness of our fantastic dog parks and doggy daycare.

Paul Pritchard
Managing Director – dog days ni
“We needed advice and guidance on our dog policy, and following information provided by Jo, we were able to turn a negative situation into a positive one, to meet all our customers needs”
Phil Patterson
Stokers Halt
Are you ready to welcome dogs?

Dog Friendly venues are more than just a bowl of water and a seat outside.

Several years ago arriving at a venue to find a steel water bowl with a few dirt flakes floating in it would have been all dog owners could expect.  Thankfully, we have moved on and businesses embracing a dog friendly policy have experienced a wealth of benefits.


The recent DFNI networking event was held at the Jeggy Nettle in Belfast on June 4th.

Site visits and promotion

As a dog friendly business, you may wish to promote your venue further via Dog Friendly NI’s social media channels and website.  Get in touch with Jo for further details and fees.

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Event organising

Planning an event at your venue?  With years of Event Management and organisation, Jo will help you organise your dog friendly event.

Are you ready to be a

Dog Friendly Business?

If you are considering opening your doors to our four legged friends, then you will have several considerations but also many rewards.

Dog owners are enjoying bringing their dogs into a venue for a drink or cup of coffee, plus water and a treat for their pet –  after a walk.  Provided you comply with Environmental Health regulations regarding food preparation areas, then you can be part of this lucrative and growing market. new link

Latest News

Dog Friendly NI is registering new dog friendly businesses who wish to be promoted as welcoming dogs inside their premises. The registration fee is £49 per annum for your listing.  We have some superb listings on the new interactive map, and more business owners are seeing the rewards of providing a dog friendly service.  Approximately 40% of households in Northern Ireland own a dog.  That’s a lot of people to welcome to your business.  To find out more about registration click the link below.

•Dog Friendly NI Certificate
•Dog Friendly NI window sticker
•Dog Friendly NI website listing
•Dog Friendly interactive map marker
•Facebook and Instagram grid post
•Instagram story post
•DFNI Website logo
•Random dog related Instagram shares

Register Online

Register…your interest as a Dog Friendly Business

Get in touch

Dog Friendly NI is based in Northern Ireland.  Contact us on mobile: 07983 543434 and email: