Breweries and dogs go hand-in-hand! We love our dogs (and our beer) in San Diego - in fact, we are the #4 Most Dog-Friendly City in the U.S., which is why most breweries, including Longship Brewery, are extremely pet-friendly and allow you to bring your best friend along on your beer-seeking adventures!
If you've wanted to include your dog in your outings, but you’re hesitant about leashing up and heading to your favorite craft beer spot, here are some answers to commonly asked questions about bringing your dog to the tasting room, courtesy of the doggie experts at Smiling Dog!
Definitely bring treats for your pup
Yes! Not all locations offer dog treats, so having your pup’s favorite treats and using them to reinforce the behavior you want can help both of you have a great time at the tasting room. Make a game out of it! Is your pup looking at you? Here’s a treat! Settling near you? Here’s a treat! Not barking at other dogs? Here’s a treat! You could also bring your dog’s favorite long-lasting chew to help him settle near you.
Get your pup to settle near you
Bring a mat just for them! Our trainers recommend ½ of a yoga mat. It is light and is easy to transport. If you pair being on the mat with calmness and lots of reinforcement (treats!) then your pup will love hanging out on their mat. No need for nagging to get her to go to (or stay on) the mat, if your pup wanders off, simply lure him or her back onto the mat with a treat and give more treats while on the mat.
My dog loves other dogs! Should I let him/her greet and play with all the dogs in the brewery?
Always ask first! And if the answer is yes, keep the greeting short and move on - leave play time for the dog park. If the answer is no, be respectful, don’t take it personally, because there’s probably a good reason they said no! ” There are some dogs that are happy to be in the same space with other dogs but have no interest in interacting with them, in which case just remember they need their space too!
Make sure to keep your doggie on a leash
A standard 6 ft leash would be the appropriate length for being at a tasting room. A leash is helpful to know where your dog is at all times. We want everyone to enjoy their tasting room experience and you and your pups will still have a great time if they are kept within a 6 ft reach, and out of potentially harmful situations (i.e. tails being stepped on, doggie brawls, leashes acting like tripwires, etc.)
Keep an eye on your dog's comfort level (make sure they're having as much fun as you are!)
Tasting rooms can be sensory-overload for a dog not accustomed to that kind of environment, and even the most confident dogs can have off days or run into situations that are overwhelming (think of the beer bus arriving with a group of merrymakers all dressed up in crazy costumes - it happens!).
Here are some signs of your dog being uncomfortable:
Whale eye (wide-open eyes with whites showing)
Barking or whining
Some of these signs can be pretty subtle, so keep a close eye. How to help your pup? Toss a handful of treats on the mat or distract with a chew toy. Is there a quieter corner you can move to? If that’s still not helping, then the best thing is to drink up, pay your tab and take your pup home and try again on a less busy time or day.
I really want to bring my dog to the brewery but I need more help - what do I do? What a coincidence, pub-ready pups are Smiling Dog’s specialty!
Here’s some contact info:
Allison Beaulieu, CPDT-KA
For help with general dog training, check out the trainers on this website:
We want you to be able to have as much fun in our tasting room with your dog as you might without - so don’t be shy to leash them up and head out the door with new knowledge and confidence in your ability to use these tips to your advantage!
We look forward to seeing you and your furry friend in the tasting room soon. Cheers!