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Are Dogs Allowed in Target 2021? (Official Target Pet Policy)


Target has emerged as one of the largest retailers in the United States. However, it is not as famous as Walmart and isn't as big as Walmart. Target is still well known, especially between well-educated people and families having children. The main reason being their larger carts which provide room for another child, and their "Carolina carts" can cater to children with disabilities. Target also has a variety of colourful clothing for disabled people, which makes this store very special. The reason people prefer to shop at Walmart is because of its really low prices, but Target provides its customers with a low price product and a high-quality one.

So, if you also love to shop at Target and your pets like to accompany you, this article will help you to find what you should be looking at in Target's pet-policy in 2021.

Here is the answer to your question, Are dogs allowed in Target?- Dogs are not permitted in Target, except service dogs. Other than that, Target is not a dog-friendly store and has a stringent dog policy.

However, sometimes there have been exceptions to this strict rule. Keep reading this article to know whether can you bring your dog into Target with you and what is written in the law about it?


Pet policy of Target

Most public-establishments like inns, restaurants and retailers in the US have comparative soft rules of access for animals. For example, doggies, cats or other pets are allowed at the establishments with their handler and even get pet supplies if required.

However, Target, Starbucks, Costco, IKEA, Publix Super Markets and Walmart still have a “NO-PET” policy that only permits service animals on the establishments in 2021. Other pets are not allowed in order to assure the safety of customers. Sometimes movies misguide you by showing a person bring other pets into the store, but this is not the case.

As per the Target corporate, their pet policy is similar across all the stores. Though there are chances that a few employees may not be familiar with the policy, whereas others may enforce it too strictly, that is why the policy might not be consistently implemented.

Therefore, the most useful advice I can give to the Target consumers is to avoid bringing non-service pets to the store. Those who wish to take their service animals to the Target Store should bring the document verifying the same.


What is a service dog/animal?

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, "service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities." The dog must not be a pet but be specially trained to assist the handler with something directly related to their disability. Neither emotional support dogs nor therapy dogs are considered service animals in the eyes of the law.

What is a Therapy Dog?

A Therapy dog plays a different role and receives different training than a service dog. They are not trained to assist a specific handler. Instead, their responsibilities are to give psychological or physiological therapy to people other than their handlers. Usually, they volunteer in hospitals, mental health institutions, schools, and nursing homes. These dogs have stable temperaments, friendly, easy to handle and love people. They have given the training to be comfortable in new surroundings and to interact with various people.

Types Of Service Dogs/Animals

As per the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA), a service animal is defined as any animal, usually a dog. Tiny ponies, parrots and pigs can also be wonderful examples of service animals.

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Here are the different types of service animals-

1. Medical Alert and Assist Dogs

These types of dogs can feel and timely alert about the harmful level of blood sugar in diabetic patient and other blood-related diseases. Along with alerting, they also help the victims to take medical treatment.

2. Mental Health Service Dogs

These are also known as Psychiatric service dogs. These dogs are specially trained to help people with anxiety disorders, severe depression, panic disorders, sleep disorders, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and Autism spectrum disorders (usually in kids). This type of dog is task-trained to give the handler the emotional support. It acts as a companion that assists the handler in living like a normal human.

3. Seizure Alert and Response Dogs

If you have ever gone through a seizure or at least seen anyone going through it, you must be knowing how dangerous it can be. It is not possible to control it, and it can be very unpredictable as well. And staying with the patient all the time isn't possible for friends and family members; that's when a service dog comes to rescue, it can accompany the patient 24 hours a day. It can sense the seizure, take the victim to a safer place, and howl for help when the seizure is happening. This helps the patient to recover soon.

4. Mobility assistance dogs

These dogs help people with mobility issues by opening the door, fetching things from a difficult to reach place, and pulling a wheelchair up a ramp.

5. Guide dogs

These types of service dogs are the most common ones. They assist blind or visually impaired people to walk safely and easily.

6. Hearing dogs

Hearing dogs assist deaf or hearing impaired people by touching them when they hear sounds. They act as the ear of deaf people. The sounds can be of fire alarms, car horns, cell phone ringing or a crying baby and assist them to the noise as well.

7. Severe Allergy Alert Dogs

Dogs as very well known for their astonishing ability to smell, thanks to their highly sensitive nose. An allergy alert dog is task-trained to detect any allergy. In case you have a severe allergy, you must let the service dog sniff the smell of new things to avoid dangerous situations.

All these types of service dogs are permitted in Target store. And the handler of a service animal may describe the situations so that they can enter Target locations after verification.

Stores Where Dogs Are Not Allowed

  • Costco
  • Ikea
  • Lowes (Service dogs only)
  • Target (Service dogs only)
  • Publix Super Markets
  • Starbucks
  • Walmart (Services dogs only)

Stores Where Dogs Are Allowed

  • The Apple Store
  • Best Buy (At the manager’s discretion)
  • LUSH
  • Macey’s
  • Petco
  • Pottery Barn
  • Home Depot


Thought some Target stores are not very strict with their No-pet policy, you should avoid bringing an adorable pet to a big supermarket like Target and Walmart. And if you really wish to, it should be a service dog only, and do not forget to bring the necessary documents with you to verify. You can also choose any other store which has a pet-friendly policy.

© 2021 Anjlee Yadav

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