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For more modern situations, you may consult the Emily Post Institute, which will help clear up any confusion on how to best represent yourself in America.
Tipping: Restaurant and bar menus indicate prices without sales taxes (which varies by city/county) and tips (15 to 20%), so everything you will order on the menu will end up costing about 21% to 26% more.
The general rules for having a dog with you in America are that it should be recently vaccinated against rabies prior to arrival and that it can behave itself in public;vaccination for canine distemper is also a plus for dogs.'Suggested tips' might be mentioned on the bill to aid you in calculating the amount you want to tip.If the tip is not included on the menu, don't forget to add it.A note that says "Thank you" along with the money makes it understood to be a tip rather than money left behind by mistake. American alcohol laws are a patchwork of rules that vary by state, county, and towns.In some places (primarily in the South), entire counties or towns may prohibit alcohol.
In some less expensive 'sit down' (not 'fast food') restaurants where there is an actual server, you might be expected to pay the cashier near the door of the establishment as you are leaving.