Advice and guidance

Dog Friendly NI wants to create great dog friendly experiences for dog owners.  As a dog friendly venue, we want you to be able to provide the best customer service to the humans and dogs that come through your doors – first impressions are so important.  

The ‘Hound Pound’ is a valuable economic benefit to SME’s, and you can be sure that when dog owners find a welcoming dog friendly venue, they will come back, time and time again.   So do it right the first time, and create a second time. 

As you prepare to open your doors to dogs, if you would like advice and guidance on considerations that you need to make, Dog Friendly NI can come out and visit your premises.  Depending on your requirements we can have a chat over the phone or create a full audit report based on our exclusive Paw Grading Programme®

All businesses must be registered with Dog Friendly NI, and as such you will be able to attend networking events and more. 

3 paw is the best practice minimum standard with 5 paws going above and beyond to create a memorable dog friendly experience. 

The full outline of the criteria required for each paw category is available upon request by emailing: