1. Scout the location
Most outdoor stores do allow dogs, but be sure to call and check before you go in for a visit with your pooch. Occasionally, retail establishments might not allow dogs because food is served. It never hurts to ask, though: A store with a no-dog rule might make an exception if you're trying out doggie backpacks, a harness, or another piece of dog gear.
2. Have treats handy
Bring a snack bag. A few morsels go a long way toward keeping dogs on their best behavior.
3. Be in control
Take a leash. You know your pooch is a good dog, but management, patrons, and law enforcement might not appreciate him roaming free.
4. Prep beforehand
Research products ahead of time, create a plan, and know what you want your furry friend to try on. It will make the entire experience smoother.
5. Get in, get out
Don’t leisure shop or browse. Dogs have limited patience, too. They’ll get bored or start entertaining themselves in interesting ways—which a shop owner might not find amusing.