I finally took Elsie to the pet store for the first time today. Crazy, I know, that I've had her over nine months and haven't done so before. I guess I was just worried about her looking like a freak... a trait for which my dogs are known. /cringe/ When I got her, she was a horrible leash puller, but we've been working on that. What we haven't been working on are her issues with unknown dogs when she's on a leash. Fail. Elsie has made small improvements just from the walks we go on, but I haven't focused on it like I have with Champ.
So... I've been hesitant to take her to public places where we will likely encounter dogs. I decided she needed an outing today, though, and brought her along to the pet store for treats and to get breakfast (for me). It's a medium sized local pet store that we go to frequently. Fortunate for me, unfortunate for my wallet, it's about two minutes from my house. I figured if there was a dog in there, I could just take her back to the car, but as it was, there were only a few customers inside, all sans dogs.
Oh my gosh... all that intro, just to say she did great! She sniffed around but kept on a loose leash the whole time. I should add we didn't even have her front clip harness on! She was sporting her new Hurtta Lifeguard Padded Y. (As an aside, I need to post a pic of her in it! I never jumped for pink before--for me or the dogs--but I have to say, I love, love, love, these pink harnesses on the girls.)
Anyways, we even got a compliment by a customer on how when trained she was. :) Win! I was so pleased over all at how well she did in the store, and I enjoyed watching having this new experience. I'm looking forward to taking her for more fun trips.
Now... I guess we better get to work on making her less unhappy about other dogs being around!
Have a great weekend!