The Woodburn Company Stores are an outdoor outlet mall that features big-name stores like Nike, The North Face, Coach, Gap, and many more. Because it's outdoors, dogs are allowed to walk around on-leash. A bonus is that the majority of the stores actually allow dogs inside.
Dogs in human stores:
When we first arrived to the outlets, we weren't quite sure how to tell which stores allowed dogs inside. So, before entering our first store, B went in and asked an employee if we could bring Athena in with us. Their response was, "as long as she's on her best behavior and doesn't bark." We knew this would be no problem for Athena, so we brought her in for a little human shopping.
After going into a few more stores, an employee at Columbia Sportswear so kindly informed us that stores that don't allow dogs inside have a special sticker on the door like this one:
|No Dogs Allowed sign|
Only a few stores had the "no dogs allowed" sticker in their window, so we were able to bring Athena into most of the stores that we wanted to shop at.
Helping mom pick out clothes:
During our trip to the Woodburn Outlets, our goal was to socialize Athena in a new environment and practice for our upcoming Canine Good Citizen test. This meant that while mom and dad were paroozing the aisles, Athena was expected to sit or lay at our feet to practice her long stays. I was very impressed with how well she did at this, but I will admit that the cheese and pepperoni in my treat bag probably helped a little bit.
|I don't know about that one, mom!|
|This looks bea-u-tee-ful on the Bean!|
Positive pittie press:
While shopping at the outlet stores, many people asked to meet Athena. Aside from the everyday shoppers, many employees in the dog-friendly stores were thrilled that we brought Athena in for some shopping. In multiple stores, the employees would swoon over Athena and compliment her perfect store manners. Athena received two AMAZING compliments from employees at two separate stores:
- "She's the sweetest dog that we've ever had come into the store!"
- "She's the most well-mannered dog that we've ever had come into the store!"
Maybe they say that about every dog that walks into the store, but it still made me proud!
|Athena pretending to be the dog mannequin|
Don't forget the treats:
Before heading out for Woodburn, I was sure to feed Athena a light breakfast and pack the rest of her food for training opportunities. Not only did she practice her in-store behavior, but she was also able to practice some of her confidence building activities such as bench sitting.
|Athena practicing her bench sit|
Throughout the whole four-hour shopping trip, we only saw three other dogs at the mall. We actually never ran into another dog inside of a store, just outside walking around. Athena was able to practice her "leave-it"command when we did come across another dog. We also found out that Athena is a bit distracted by birds...
We LOVED shopping with Athena at the Woodburn Outlets and give it four paws up for its dog friendliness!
Is there any dog-friendly shopping in your area?