Ikea has grown to become a giant in the furniture business and their many customers have a lot of questions about the brand`s operations.
Are dogs allowed inside Ikea stores?
This is one of such questions and in this article I am going to be giving a detailed explanation of the Ikea pet policy.
Let`s dive in.
Is Ikea Dog Friendly?
Ikea`s pet policy can be explained as not being dog friendly. The retail giant does not allow dogs inside their stores but they have exceptions for service animals since they are required to do so by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
ADA defines a service animal as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability and the task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.
So you are basically not allowed to enter inside an Ikea store with a dog unless it is regarded as a service animal as defined by ADA.
ADA gives permission to an entity`s employees to ask you two questions regarding your dog being a service animal. The questions are:
- Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
- what work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
The entity`s employees are not allowed to request any documentation for the dog, require that the dog demonstrate its task, or inquire about the nature of the person’s disability.
Many people have been using this legal loophole to get into Ikea stores with their dogs although it is against the firm`s pet and dog policy.
I recently saw someone share their experience with this issue on Yelp:
This goes to show how you can technically get into an Ikea store with your dog if you are the mischievous type.
Why Are Dogs Not Allowed At Ikea?
There are plenty of reasons why Ikea choose to not allow dogs inside their store premises but all we have now are just speculations and opinions since there is no formal statement from the company.
Here are some of my reasons on why Ikea does not allow dogs inside their stores:
- Protecting Their Furniture- Ikea is a home furnishing company and I believe that allowing dogs inside their stores can be risky for them. Even well mannered and trained dogs can misbehave in new environments so the last thing they want is a dog getting their furniture dirty or destroying it.
- Health And Sanitary Issues- Another reasons why Ikea does not allow dogs inside their stores might be because of health and sanitary issues. There are so many people who are allergic to dog hair and with the many customers that the company attracts, there is a good chance that some of them are Ikea shoppers.
Dog Parking At Ikea
Since Ikea does not allow dogs inside their store premises, they have come up with a concept they call dog parking.
The concept was firstly introduced at an Ikea store in Germany and it has been very helpful for customers who don`t feel comfortable with leaving their dogs alone at home or inside the car.
You can leave your dog inside the barking space as you go inside the store to do your shopping.
According to dogtime.com, The barking spaces come complete with a post to loop your leash around, a bed, and a water bowl, all stashed away in a shady area right next to the store.
Ikea Overall Pet Policy
Ikea have a very strict pet policy and they don`t seem to tolerate anyone coming inside their store with an animal.
The only exception is for customers who walk into the store accompanied by a service animal.
The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a service animal as a dog that is trained to perform tasks for an individual with a disability.
Other animals are not included within this definition so you cannot walk into an Ikea store with a pet unless they are regarded as a service dog.
The company has not released an official statement on why they have such a pet policy but it could be because they want to protect their furniture or other health and sanitary reasons.