What’s with All Those Dogs in Bunnings?


The short version:

Dogs in Bunnings: Dogs are allowed in Bunnings, but they must be muzzled, carried, or secured in your trolley. That hasn’t stopped them being among the most popular customers and inspiring a popular Facebook group.

Have you ever noticed how there are so many dogs in Bunnings? Even if you’re not a hardware store regular, you’ve probably spotted dogs shopping for dowel and LED globes on your feed. There’s even an unofficial Facebook group, ‘Dogs of Bunnings,’ with over 6,000 followers.

Bunnings’ dog friendly history stretches back to 2015, when they opened up their store policy to allow and encourage dogs. If you’re from Europe or the US, where dogs are basically allowed anywhere humans are, this might not seem like news. But in Australian retail it was a big deal.

Unfortunately a week later in a Melbourne store a Jack Russell took a little nip at someone, and the rules were updates. Now dogs need to be muzzled, secured in a trolley, or in your hands.

Staff has her eyes set on a new belt sander for those DIY projects – Source: Reddit

Still, it’s awesome you can have dogs in Bunnings. There’s no competition or marketing gimmick encouraging people to share pictures of their pooch in the aisles. It’s just pure enthusiasm. After all, who isn’t excited to have one more place to hang out with our best furry mates? Hopefully more stores eventually follow their lead.

Featured photo of @walterwhitethemoodle

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Article last updated on February 17, 2022

Mike is a huuuuuuge dog lover and the Co-Founder of Scratch. He's spent his life surrounded by Collies and Cocker Spaniels. You can find him sipping coffee in Melbourne and pointing out Bernese Mountain Dogs to his girlfriend, in hope that she'll finally let them get one.
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