Sioux Falls is a friendly city in general, but how welcome are your pets at businesses, parks, or entertainment venues? If you have a canine companion, our city is very friendly.

Cats, iguanas, parrots, wolverines, kinkajous, or snakes- - not so much. Well, to backtrack a bit - - if you walk your cat on a leash, and some people do, there are plenty of places in Sioux Falls that will invite you in.

The new study done by Wallet Hub this year (2022) still gives the title of "The Most Pet-Friendly City" in the country to Scottsdale, Arizona.

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For some idiotic reason, they didn't include Sioux Falls in this study, so I did some research myself. What better place to get information than the Sioux Falls Humane Society?

Their information only deals with dog-friendly businesses, so you'll have to leave your Howler Monkey at home. Plus, they do advise you to call the businesses you'd like to bring your pup to, as their policies may have been revised.

Your dog must be well-behaved and obey commands. You need to be prepared to care for your canine companion too. Make sure you have water- - if they get thirsty, food - -if you'll be out, or have them with you all day.

Never, ever, leave them in a hot car and generally use common sense. Think about situations that could evolve from Cujo's dislike of other dogs, people, traffic, crowds, leafy vegetables, computers, or lattes.

Here are just a few of the businesses that the Humane Society has found to be dog-friendly in Sioux Falls. (But again call the business to double-check).

  • 605 Running Company
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond
  • Best Buy
  • Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen
  • Coffea
  • Common Sense Inc.
  • Good Spirits Fine Wine & Liquor
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • Home Goods
  • JJ's Wine & Spirits
  • Josiah's
  • Lewis Drug Stores
  • Lowe's
  • Monk's House of Ale
  • Northview Bait Shop
  • Nyberg's Ace Hardware
  • Obscure Brewing Co.
  • PetCo
  • PetSmart
  • Remedy Brewing Co.
  • Severance Brewing Co.
  • Scheel's
  • Schulte Subaru
  • Shop Dog Boutique
  • Sioux Falls Ford
  • Sun N' Fun Specialty Sports
  • Sunny’s Pizzeria
  • Tractor Supply
  • Wags N' Whiskers
  • Wilde Prairie Winery
  • Woofs and Waves
  • Woodgrain Brewing Co.
  • Your Pet Stop

There could be many more, but this is a great list in any case!

32 Things to Do in Sioux Falls This Summer That Are Absolutely Free!

Sure, there are tons of things to do in the Sioux Empire every summer, but if your entertainment budget is small (or zero), we have the solution - actually, we have lots of solutions.

Here is a list of family-friendly (and some, just adult-friendly) events happening this summer in the Sioux Falls area that you should check out. Oh, the best part, everything on this list is FREE.

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