Attention, Fur Parents: Balay Dako Is Pet-Friendly, But Only Under These Conditions

Well-behaved pets can come in.
by Bea Faicol
April 12, 2023
Facebook/Balay Dako

( Fur parents unconditionally love their fur babies, but that doesn't mean that the love doesn't come with pain. Aside from the fact that raising a pet will consume a chunk of one's monthly salary, one of the struggles fur parents will always relate to is feeling incomplete when dining out. As much as you'd want to try this restaurant or café with your child, you either see the dreaded "No pets allowed" sign or you see a waiter walking towards you to say the same thing.

Luckily, and for unknown reasons we don't dare question, more dining establishments are allowing pets inside the premises—and not just the al fresco dining area. One is Balay Dako, the home to Tagaytay's famous breakfast buffet with a view of Taal, a piaya station, and JICYDK, boxes of napoleones too.

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Tagaytay restaurant Balay Dako allows pet dogs inside the dining establishment under certain conditions:

Balay Dako has released a number of conditions that dog owners should follow if they wish to bring their pet dog/s inside the dining establishment. According to their Facebook posts, only small- to medium-sized dogs are allowed. 

If you want to bring your pet dog to Balay Dako, keep in mind that it should be:

  • Fully vaccinated
  • Wearing diapers at all times
  • Leashed or in a carrier or trolley
  • Beside the owner at all times, not to be left unattended
  • Not causing any inconvenience to other guests, e.g.: barking, jumping, occupying pathways, aggressive behavior, and unsanitary

According to Vet Care News, small breeds (e.g. Shih Tzu and Chihuahua) weigh a maximum of 10 kilograms, while medium breeds (e.g.F rench Bulldog and Corgi) weigh as heavy as 25 kilograms. Anything beyond that is considered a large dog (e.g. Golden Retriever and Rottweiler) and is not allowed inside Balay Dako.

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Be warned: Balay Dako can refuse entry if they find that your pet dog is "dirty," "smells offensive," and "displays signs of aggression." This added footnote is where things get blurry, as the first two are subjective while signs of aggression—although there are common telltale signs such as barking—can also manifest differently depending on the personality of the dog.


The dining establishment can also ask the dog owner and the pet dog to leave the premises if they fail to follow any of the mentioned guidelines, even after being seated.

If you think you're confident that you and your fur baby can follow all the rules, then there shouldn't be any problem dining in at Balay Dako. Go ahead, drive all the way to Tagaytay, and drop by the restaurant for their breakfast buffet or lunch with the complete family.

Balay Dako is along Tagaytay - Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay, Cavite. For more information, check out Balay Dako's  Facebook page.

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