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Bass Pro Shops stores are filled with equipment and accessories for activities like fishing, camping, hiking, and boating. They also happen to carry various products that cater to dogs for things like training, sheltering, and entertaining. So, it would be quite convenient to be able to take your pooch with you to a Bass Pro Shops store. The good news is that you should be able to do just that! However, there are a few caveats to consider. Here’s everything that you should know about taking your pooch to Bass Pro Shops locations near you.

Bass Pro Shops Pet Policy

According to the Bass Pro Shops website, both the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s stores are friendly to pets. They welcome all well-behaved pets in their stores unless state or local laws prohibit the practice (service animals are exempt from these laws). Therefore, it is a good idea to call your local Bass Pro Shops store before visiting with your dog if you aren’t sure what your state and local laws say regarding taking pets inside stores.

What to Expect When Shopping With Your Dog at Bass Pro Shops Stores

Since all dogs are welcome at Bass Pro Shops stores, it is important to remember that you might run into other dogs during your shopping trip. All dogs should be in a basket or on a leash. If a dog is found to be aggressive in some way, they will not be welcome. So, you shouldn’t have to worry about your tiny pooch getting attacked by a larger one.

You can always keep your dog in a shopping basket if you don’t feel comfortable allowing them to walk on a leash due to being in such a social environment. However, since only well-behaved pets are allowed on site, you shouldn’t feel unsafe while shopping with your furry family member.

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Preparing for a Trip to Bass Pro Shops Stores With Your Dog

It’s always a good idea to prepare yourself and your dog before you head into a Bass Pro Shops store. First, take a walk around the parking lot so your pooch has a chance to relieve themselves. This will help ensure that you don’t have to deal with any accidents while inside. That said, grab a few doggy bags before heading inside, just in case. Make sure that your dog’s leash and collar are on correctly and that you have their full attention just before starting your shopping experience. Doing these things should help make your shopping experience enjoyable and stress-free.


Now that you know your dog is welcome at Bass Pro Shops stores, you can pack up a doggy kit, go for a preparatory walk, and then head to your local store today. If you are unsure whether your state has laws about pets in stores, it’s a good idea to call ahead just in case. You don’t want to get to the store with your pooch, only to be turned away.

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