Hello, dog devotees and DIY enthusiasts! Today, we’re unpacking a hot topic that’s been ruffling feathers (or should we say fur?) in our local communities: the presence of dogs in Bunnings stores. The debate caught fire recently on Reddit, where a self-proclaimed ‘grumpy cabinetmaker’ voiced frustration about navigating around dogs in busy Bunnings aisles. They questioned the logic behind bringing dogs to a hardware store, expressing concerns over safety and convenience. This post opened the floodgates to a flurry of opinions, showcasing the diverse perspectives of Aussies on the topic of dogs being allowed in Bunnings.

But this isn’t the first time the topic has sparked intense discussion. Just a month earlier, an opinion piece caught attention on Facebook sharing a concerning incident: a large dog, allegedly lunging at a young child in a Bunnings store, putting the spotlight on the entitlement of dog owners. Although the claim remains unverified by the retailer, it reignited the debate about dogs in public spaces, beyond just assistance animals.

First things first. Can you take your dog to Bunnings?

Caught in the middle is Bunnings, a beloved hardware giant that has welcomed pets since 2015 under specific conditions. Amidst this flurry of opinions, Bunnings stands firm on its dog-friendly policy. Mike Schneider, Bunnings’ Managing Director, emphasised the store’s long-standing tradition of welcoming pets. The policy at Bunnings is simple: pets should be friendly, on a leash, and well-behaved. They rely on customers to use common sense. This helps keep the shopping experience pleasant for everyone.

A Tale of Two Opinions

On one paw, some shoppers see dogs in Bunnings as a problem. They worry about safety, like dogs lunging at kids. They also think about the challenges of keeping pets behaved in busy stores. Plus, there’s the issue of cleaning up after them. This has been voiced by Bunnings staff.

On the other paw, many Aussies leap to the defence of the policy. For them, it’s a matter of practicality and pet care. It’s better to bring their dogs along than to leave them in the car, especially for quick shopping trips. Some argue that as long as the dog is well-behaved, stays within the confines of a trolley, and doesn’t disturb other shoppers, there shouldn’t be an issue.

Tradie dog in the back of car

Finding Common Ground

So, where does this leave us, the dog-loving DIYers? Should Bunnings be dog-friendly? It’s all about balance and consideration. As responsible dog owners, we need to understand the concerns of fellow shoppers and be mindful of our pets’ behaviour in public spaces. For those who are less enthusiastic about shopping alongside dogs, perhaps there’s room for empathy, recognising that for many, pets are a part of the family.

It’s about navigating a changing world where the needs and comforts of a diverse population collide. As we ponder over this, it’s important to remember that empathy and understanding can go a long way in finding a solution that works for everyone – two-legged or four-legged.