For people who own a dog, shopping or visiting the library or bank can become problematic. If it’s an animal with any sense of adventure or market value, you really won’t want to leave it tied up in the conventional way outside the local store.
For securing your canine pal outside the shops, It might be possible to reuse some of those popular wall-mounted boxes intended to accommodate all that online shopping which arrives when you are out (probably shopping offline).
Today’s invention, however, is a cable lock which can be fed through a series of holes around a dog’s collar (or better, shoulder harness), and which allows them to be secured to anything stationary, without fear that they will be abducted. Owners would then be free to enter all those places from which dogs are banned (ie pretty much all public buildings).