Dog owner
Puppy love finds acceptance in cafes

Australia’s food regulator has ruled that dog owners may now bring their canine counterparts with them to restaurants, The Australian reports.
Under the current Food Standards Code, guide dogs are the only animals permitted to enter eateries in some states. The change will allow dog owners in some states to bring their pets into outdoor areas with permission from the eatery, as has been the practice in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Double Shot café owner Ross Skinner allows up to 12 dogs on leashes on the café’s front lawn, and even keeps treats for the animals to help settle them.
“But a cafe or restaurant owner should have the right to ask a dog owner to leave if the pet is not behaving in a very social manner.,” he told The Australian.
The new rules will allow individual eateries the choice of having patrons’ pets join them in outdoor areas. These changes will likely take effect in October this year.
The Food Standards Australia New Zealand assessment found that dogs represent a “low to negligible risk” to diners.
“Parasites such as hookworm, roundworm and tapeworm in dogs are commonly under control in Australia . . . and present a low risk to consumers if the health of companion dogs is maintained.”
Queensland Health presented some potential risks with allowing the new rule in a submission to the food standards review.
“Larger dogs have a greater potential to contaminate table tops and food contact surfaces, and knock over tables, chairs and customers.”
“Where a dog rushes towards food a child drops, placing fear in the child may constitute a ‘dog attack’.”

The RSPCA suggest that the rule change will “enhance the pet-owner relationship bond . . . Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety, boredom and loneliness when left at home, which can negatively impact upon their quality of life.”