FSAI Update Guidelines To Allow Dogs In Restaurants


The Dog-Friendly Association of Ireland is delighted to announce that following our discussions with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, they have officially updated their guidance regarding dogs on a food premises.

Until today, guidance from the FSAI and Health Service Executive to restaurants was mixed, causing confusion and stress for food businesses looking to become dog-friendly. This didn't stop numerous cafes and pubs around Ireland from welcoming our canine companions, including a number of DFAI members.

The Dog-Friendly Association met with the FSAI earlier this year, and can now confirm the guidelines have been updated to allow dogs on a food premises at the business owner's discretion (aligning the guidance with European law). You can find out more on the FSAI website here.

Dog-Friendly Promotions & Events

As the year comes to an end the DFAI community has collected a few treats for dog lovers in Ireland:

  • Paws at Ardgillan are hosting a dog-friendly Christmas Fair on 10th December. Includes stalls from The Coco Bean, Suaimhneas, Eco Mutt, Hazy Days, Okapi, and more. There will also be festive treats on the day including non-alcoholic mulled wine and mince pies, plus special treats for your four legged friends
  • Pets stay free at Carbery Cottage Guest Lodge until 1st June 2017. Just mention DFAI when booking.
  • Santa Paws is visiting Bubbles and Barks in Galway on December 10th. Have your picture taken and win a €50 hamper.
  • Fetch natural dog treat subscription boxes are 20% off - use code "DFAI" when subscribing.
  • Bread and Butter in Drumcondra are hosting a dog-friendly festive fair on 10th December, including a stall from Pupp, Dublin's dog-friendly cafe and boutique.
  • Saba.ie is offering 15% off all animal jewellery and art until 31st December. Use code "MURF01" on checkout.
  • You can also get 20% of ScoobyBox subscription boxes with code "DFAI".

DFAI In The News

It has been a busy few weeks for the DFAI, with a number of publications covering the launch:

"First dogs were allowed into pubs, then into cafés and now their own lobby group has got tongues and tails wagging. The Irish headquarters of Google and Airbnb have joined a new organisation to promote dog-friendly businesses and lobby for the rights of cafés to welcome dogs and their owners." - The Times

"The Dog-Friendly Association of Ireland has been set up to encourage businesses to be more welcoming to canines." - Pat Kenny, Newstalk. Listen to the full interview (end of part 1 / start of part 2).

"The Dog-Friendly Association of Ireland (dfai.ie) helps more businesses open their doors to canines in a safe and responsible way." - The Independent

Welcome To New Members

In the two weeks since launch the DFAI has grown exponentially. Businesses across Ireland are joining to show their support and find out more about becoming dog-friendly. Just a few of our new members are listed below, but we offer a very warm welcome welcome to everyone who's now part of Ireland's dog-friendly future.

A longer list of members is also available on the Members page.

The DFAI Is Live!

The Dog-Friendly Association of Ireland is now officially launched!

You can find an article detailing the launch on the Pupp blog, and a link to the Facebook post here. Thanks to all of the launch partners for their support and contributions!

Membership is now open for Irish businesses, so head over to the Join The DFAI page or click the link on the right to sign up.

About the Dog-Friendly Association of Ireland

The Dog-Friendly Association of Ireland (DFAI) is a community of businesses interested in Ireland becoming more dog-friendly.

Our objectives include:
  • Provide reference material for businesses that are or would like to be responsibly dog-friendly
  • Develop community and collaboration between dog-friendly businesses
  • Lobby for better dog-friendly policies
  • Promote dog-friendly businesses
For more details please see our About Us page. More information on why more businesses should become dog-friendly is available on the Benefits page, and reasons you may wish to join the DFAI are outlined here.

Membership is free to all Irish businesses or organisations (whether they are dog-friendly or not), and offers access to our shared knowledge base of policies and practices from some of Ireland's most experienced dog-friendly firms. To apply, simply complete the registration form here.

While membership is not open to individuals, those who are interested can sign up to receive dog-friendly news from Pupp, or head over to WoofAdvisor for reviews, tips, and more. Email addresses are not shared between members or other organisations.