Raising the Bar-K: Applications open for dog and owners "Tavern Testers" in the Southwest

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Winners will be paid to visit ten pubs across the region over the course of seven weeks

The world’s largest online marketplace for loving pet care Rover.com is searching for dog and owners to become “Tavern Testers” in the Southwest for seven weeks.

A recent survey by the company revealed that 78% of dogs are regular pub-goers, with 1 in 5 pet owners admitting they got their pooch with the intention of them becoming a “pub dog”, and over half of the responders saying they were more confident socialising with strangers when they had their furry-friend than having a tipple does.

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However, 28% of pet parents said they have been made to feel unwelcome, with 1 in 5 claiming they have been previously asked to leave a pub due to having their pup in tow.

With this in mind, Rover are seeking out “Tavern Testers” in every region to review ten pubs in the region based on the amenities available for the furry-friends and welcome of the staff. Rover Tavern Testers will be paid to visit the pubs over the course of seven weeks.

The world’s largest online marketplace for loving pet care Rover.com is searching for dog and owners to become “Tavern Testers” in the Southwest for seven weeks. This comes after 28% of pet parents said they have been made to feel unwelcome, with 1 in 5 claiming they have been previously asked to leave a pub due to having their pup in tow. Credit: RoverThe world’s largest online marketplace for loving pet care Rover.com is searching for dog and owners to become “Tavern Testers” in the Southwest for seven weeks. This comes after 28% of pet parents said they have been made to feel unwelcome, with 1 in 5 claiming they have been previously asked to leave a pub due to having their pup in tow. Credit: Rover
The world’s largest online marketplace for loving pet care Rover.com is searching for dog and owners to become “Tavern Testers” in the Southwest for seven weeks. This comes after 28% of pet parents said they have been made to feel unwelcome, with 1 in 5 claiming they have been previously asked to leave a pub due to having their pup in tow. Credit: Rover | Rover

Adem Fehmi, Rover’s Canine Behaviourist, said: “Under appropriate conditions, taking your dog along with you to the pub can be a truly enjoyable experience for both you and your pooch – helping to socialise your dog and provide them mental stimulation.

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“However, whilst many dogs are very social by nature, this is not the case for all, and you must first carefully consider if you believe your dog will be comfortable in this kind of environment, and equally, that they will not be a disturbance to others.

“With this in mind, it’s highly important that you also make a judgment call on whether the pub is ‘dog-friendly’ enough. In order to meet this criteria, the pub should offer a calm and quiet atmosphere, with both a designated indoor and outdoor space for your pooch, that’s set away from busy walkways, entrances, and exits.

“Lookout for dog beds, blankets, poo bags, and fresh water bowls - and even better if they provide treats and toys for your pup too! Staff should also have a clear familiarity and awareness of how to cater for our four-legged friends, ensuring they are made to feel just as welcome as we are.”

You can apply to be Rover Tavern Tester at https://www.rover.com/uk/blog/raising-the-bar-k/. Applications close on June 16.

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