|Barked: Fri Nov 26, '10 7:02am PST |
|I personally don't vest at pet stores and neer have. However, when Ollie was a pup and I was just starting training for public access, he had to be on his best public access behavior in pet stores. What higher distraction place can you find to train in, afterall?
Nowadays, I allow him more leeway in pet friendly stores, but I still expect him to mostly behave. He is allowed to seek attention from his favorite employees at the pet stores where he knows them, and he's allowed to take treats from them for doing tricks. But he is not allowed to eat off the floor, pick up random things, or pull on the leash or anything.
I don't really like some of the petstores around here and won't take him in because of the higher percentages of unruly or uncontrolled dogs. And we never go in on weekends-- too many dogs on flexi leashes in aisles different than their owner, too many people being dragged around the store with a dog that rushes and postures at my dog while the human says "oh how cute, he wants to say hi" and so on. So we usually only to go the pet stores during the week when they are not crowded, and we (just like when working) give other dogs their space in the store.
Really, since he is a PSD, he is working all the time. The service harness just dictates when he has to be on his best behavior vs when he can act more like a regular dog.
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