Just curious if anyone else is as crazy as I am some days lol.
A few weekends ago, I needed to swing into petsmart to get some cat litter, and decided to do it on the way home from taking the dogs for a swim. It was far too hot to leave them in the car, so I ended up taking all three of my dogs into petsmart with me. Even with me carrying a 40lb box of cat litter through the aisles (I really should have gotten a cart), they were all walking calmly along with me. Helped that they'd been swimming fairly hard core for a time before we got there lol.
People were surprised when I told them that Doyle was only 11 months, since he was behaving just like the other two. Just walking along with me, standing quietly and politely saying hi to people. Leia almost knocked one of the employees over with how happy she was to lean into him for pets lol.
I finally had a good run in with one of their trainers in this area too. She was doing a private session with a woman's dog. Looked like a young draathar mix or something along those lines. The dog would be really excitable when seeing new dogs, wanting to go say hi and play, but just getting way overzealous about it. The trainer was working on getting her to sit quietly and politely in a heel position with dogs nearby.
I was debating about getting a box of cookies for the dogs (since they had a sale and we had run out of generic cookies) when the trainer came near. There was another lady down the aisle in front of them with a dog. She explained what they were doing and asked if it was okay that she had stopped there. First time I've had one of them politely ask if it was okay to use the sight of my dogs as a training aid. She explained how good it was for the dog to be surrounded by well balanced dogs. None of the dogs were really reacting, everyone was calm and relaxed. And she actually went behind the Banfield desk that was behind me, so the dog walked past us without having the added distraction of dogs being super close.
Best part was that the woman who had been down the other aisle came to bring her dog over to say hello, and Doyle was a perfect gentleman! He politely sniffed hello to the other dog and returned to my side. Even laid down after a bit. It was a great interaction and Doyle comes to my side now when he feels overwhelmed with new dogs. But the aggressive behavior is basically gone now.
Wanted to share the story and ask who else is crazy and brings multiple dogs into places like Petsmart, Petco and other dog friendly stores? I cannot be the only one lol.