👀 HomeGoods Pet Policy: At-A-Glance
Last Updated: 11/8/23
⏩ HomeGoods Pet Policy TLDR
Yes, most HomeGoods locations are pet-friendly and allow you to bring your dog. It’s important to note that the pet policy of HomeGoods can vary by location since it is usually up to the discretion of store management whether to allow dogs and other pets. HomeGoods is dog-friendly, but it’s recommended that you call ahead before going to any location for the first time.
📝 HomeGoods Official Pet Policy
Even with our pet policy experts hard at work scouring the web looking for any published guidance on the part of HomeGoods that provides official notice that they allow dogs, HomeGoods does not appear to have an official pet policy that they put out to the public.
Many stores will put out an official policy that states whether they allow dogs, just service dogs, or some other combination of animals under certain circumstances. However, HomeGoods appears to be content to leave this up to each individual store manager to set their own rules.
So, in essence, the official policy is an unofficial dog policy. The manager of your local store will choose whether to admit strictly service animals (they are required to by law), or whether there will be dogs allowed for pet owners that want to bring their furry friend pet shopping.
As such, most HomeGoods stores have chosen to open up the pet policy to include pets and not just service dogs. Still, it’s important that you call ahead to verify that your HomeGoods allows dogs (specifically, non-service animals).
🚨 MUST READ: Rules for Pets in HomeGoods
Even though most HomeGoods locations have chosen to allow dogs, there are still some rules that you will need to follow. HomeGoods allow dogs, but they may not continue to permit dog lovers to bring such dogs into the store if the rules are routinely broken.
For that reason, it’s important to follow these guidelines every time you bring your service animal, emotional support animals, or well-behaved dog into a HomeGoods store or any other retail store (even a pet store).
✅ Rule #1: Dog Must Be Well-Behaved
This is an important rule for HomeGoods stores and other retail stores to keep customers and their pets safe. This rule means that the dog must be well-mannered, calm, and obedient when in the store.
Dogs should not bark at other customers or cause any disruption to the shopping environment. This rule is important because it helps ensure that all customers can shop without feeling uncomfortable or scared due to a potentially unruly animal.
Additionally, this rule prevents accidents from occurring, such as tripping over a dog or being startled by unexpected barking. Having a well-behaved dog also helps create a better shopping experience for everyone since it allows customers to focus on their shopping rather than worry about keeping their dog under control.
Finally, this rule helps store owners maintain a safe and pleasant atmosphere for all of their customers.
✅ Rule #2: Dog Must Be Leashed
This means that all dogs must be kept on a leash when entering and while in HomeGoods. This rule is important for not only the safety of the dog, but also the safety of other customers and employees.
With this rule in place, it ensures that no dog can escape or run away while in the store as well as prevents any potential biting incidents. It also helps to create an orderly atmosphere within the store, allowing people to shop without interruption from roaming dogs.
The presence of a leash also serves as a visual cue to let other customers know that a dog is present and allows them to make an informed decision on whether they are comfortable with its presence.
Lastly, leashing a dog prevents it from becoming distracted or agitated by sudden movements or noises throughout the store, further keeping everyone safe and creating a better shopping experience for all customers.
✅ Rule #3: Dog Must Be Potty-Trained
This rule ensures that all customers have a pleasant shopping experience, free of unpleasant odors or messes caused by untrained pets.
Potty-trained dogs are better behaved, and can be taken outside quickly if they need to relieve themselves instead of spoiling the store environment with unsightly stains or odors.
It also prevents other customers from being exposed to any potential hazards associated with pet waste, such as bacteria and parasites. Furthermore, it eliminates the need for employees to clean up after any accidents that may occur.
By requiring pets to be potty trained, HomeGoods is helping create a more positive shopping atmosphere for everyone.
✅ Rule #4: Always Clean Up After Your Dog
Any mess that your dog makes should be cleaned up immediately and discarded in the store’s designated waste receptacles.
This helps to create a pleasant shopping environment for all customers, and it also helps protect the store’s merchandise from being ruined by canine accidents.
By cleaning up after their dogs, pet owners can prevent bad odors from lingering in the store and avoid having unpleasant messes on the floor or other surfaces.
Additionally, this rule ensures that all customers can enjoy their shopping experience without having to worry about stepping into something unpleasant or dealing with someone else’s pet’s mess.
⭐️ Other Things to Know BEFORE You Bring Your Pet
Here are some other things that you are going to want to know if you are planning on bringing your pet to HomeGoods.
Policy Can Vary by Location
Though we have confirmed that most HomeGoods stores are pet-friendly, that doesn’t mean it’s a rule that they must allow pets. HomeGoods corporate allows individual store locations and managers to choose their desired pet policy.
This could vary based on a wide range of factors. A store could revoke its pet-friendly policy due to bad experiences with local animals, which is why it is so important to ensure that you and your pet are good representatives of the pet-owner community when you are in retail stores like HomeGoods.
Managers Can Ask You to Leave
As we said before, managers have the freedom to craft their own pet policy at their store locations. If your store location has specific rules for dogs inside the store that the manager wants you to follow, you will have to do so. This is true whether or not it is published in any official dog policy.
If you violate the rules while you are in a HomeGoods location, the manager can ask you to leave and they would be well within their rights. The only situation where you might have legal standing to remain in the store would be if you have a service dog, hearing dog, psychiatric dog, or another type of certified service animal.
Non-service pets and non-service dogs can be asked to leave legally at any time.
Store Doesn’t Have Pet Accommodations
Another thing to know if you are going to HomeGoods with your dog is that most stores do not have accommodations for your pets such as dog waste bags. These are things that you will have to bring yourself. You should also bring a leash and collar, or other safety device, so that your pet remains on-leash at all times.
Local Ordinances Could Play a Role
If you are upset that your local store doesn’t allow pets or only allows certain breeds of dogs, remember that local ordinances might play a role in that policy and it could be out of their control.
For example, if your city has a ban on certain breeds of dogs, then the store might not be able to allow those pets on their premises. It would be best to check with local ordinances before bringing your pet to HomeGoods.
🚫 If Your HomeGoods Doesn't Allow Dogs...
If your HomeGoods doesn’t allow dogs, there is probably a good reason for it. Unfortunately, many pet owners choose to abuse the privilege of being able to bring their dogs, aside from only service dogs, to the store.
If this is the case at your store, you should not try and bring your pet into the store. Respecting the pet policy of your local retail locations is important and shouldn’t be ignored. If you really want to bring your dog to the store, there are other options that you can explore.
Have a Service Dog
Service dogs and guide dogs are allowed in almost any retail store location, regardless of their pet policy. They are protected under the ADA and legally must be admitted.
Get an Emotional Support Dog License
Many stores do not classify emotional support dogs as service animals, but they might be more willing to permit you if you show that you have a medical need. This method is becoming very abused, so be sure that you have a legitimate need for an emotional support animal before trying this.
Visit a Pet-Friendly Store
If you can’t go to your local HomeGoods store, you can always try a pet-friendly Lululemon store or a dog-friendly TJ Maxx near you. There are lots of pet-friendly stores out there, so just see what is near you!