People who bring their dogs into pet shops ... I am in awe of you

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BlackAmericanoNoSugar Thu 22-Aug-19 20:17:51

I was in there the other day and there was a man and his dog. The man was choosing treats and the dog was just standing there, literally inches from the pigs' ears, and not grabbing at anything. I was waiting for him to just stretch out and take one, I could see he was interested, but no, just the occasional sniff. My dog would never achieve that level of self control.

Mind you I have a terrier whose brain is located in his stomach, it's not so much that he hasn't learned what I've taught him, it's more that he is only willing to consider cooperating if I have a visible treat in my hand. He does not live to serve and make me happy. grin

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Pipandmum Thu 22-Aug-19 20:20:04

I don’t generally take mine into pet shops. But if I did they’d be so distracted by all the other smells I bet the treats wouldn’t even register!
I don’t get people who take their dogs into shopping centres and fairs however.

joystir59 Thu 22-Aug-19 20:51:35

My dog loves going in shops, especially pet shops. He doesn't snatch anything, but does enjoy sniffing everything

adaline Thu 22-Aug-19 21:15:49

I take mine in all shops that let him in.

He's very good. When he was a young puppy he tried to steal things but he's used to it now. Practise makes perfect!

RIPWalter Thu 22-Aug-19 21:19:56

My dog cleans up under the shelving in the doggie pick n mix aisle! He loves to visit pets@home on a rainy day.

IDontDrinkTea Thu 22-Aug-19 21:20:08

I just say a firm no. Then my dog doesn’t even try. I’m not sure how she’s so obedient - we’re very lucky!!

Floralnomad Thu 22-Aug-19 21:26:49

My dog doesn’t touch anything , but then he’s very fussy ( and a terrier) and often leaves treats he actually likes hanging around at home for days before eating them . He will however be very excited tomorrow as I’ve discovered that our local country store has installed a machine where you pay a £1 and get a tennis ball out , like the machines for children in supermarkets etc , it will literally make his day .

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BrokenWing Thu 22-Aug-19 21:31:05

Mine would look at them and drool a lot, maybe sniff tentatively , but wouldn't touch unless told too. It was once of the first things puppy classes taught them and it stuck.

Fortheloveofscience Thu 22-Aug-19 21:33:18

I worry less about ddog eating the treats than about him peeing up the shelves blush. I take him in to choose toys because he’s very fussy but have to keep an eagle eye out for the leg being cocked!

pigsDOfly Thu 22-Aug-19 23:46:23

I take my dog into Pets at Home and all she does is have a good sniff around. She's never tried to grab anything.

Seen many a dog pee on the merchandise though - not my dog, I hasten to add - so you're not alone there Fortheloveofscience.

missbattenburg Fri 23-Aug-19 08:19:58

Yep, Battendog is much more likely to pee than eat anything.

It's a constant puzzle in garden centres - just how rude is it that he tries to pee on the outdoor plants?

Branleuse Fri 23-Aug-19 08:25:50

I hate seeing dogs pee in the pet shop. Keep a bloody eye. Ive seen them piss all over the range of pet beds.

Floralnomad Fri 23-Aug-19 09:39:35

My dog wouldn’t pee in a pet shop because he knows it’s indoors , it is an issue on the outdoor sections of garden centres so I tend not to take him as I don’t think it’s reasonable to pee on stuff that other people are buying even if it’s plants .

SlothMama Fri 23-Aug-19 10:05:50

I love taking my dog into shops, she loves going under the shelves at Pets at Home to find treats that have dropped. I took her in from an early age so she knows not to try and steal things, and its nice to let her choose toys occasionally!

LittleLongDog Fri 23-Aug-19 10:08:53

One of long dog’s favourite places in the world is probably under the shelves at pet shops! grin

NoSquirrels Fri 23-Aug-19 10:13:26

My dog cleans up under the shelving in the doggie pick n mix aisle! He loves to visit pets@home on a rainy day.

My dog can often be found arse-only showing with her full body wedged under the shelving! I think of it as a free hoover service for them. She is very good in the actual treats aisle, though - snatching is not allowed there!

doodleygirl Fri 23-Aug-19 11:03:27

My girl can open the pick and mix boxes to help herself, I only realised this as I was looking at something and turned round to find her having a lovely snack blush
Its her favourite rainy day walk

Purplecatshopaholic Fri 23-Aug-19 11:30:57

I take my boy into any shop that allows dogs. He loves pets at home because of all the smells.

joystir59 Fri 23-Aug-19 12:38:35

My dog did a sly pee on a bag of dog food once. I was mortified! An eagle eye has been employed ever since

joystir59 Fri 23-Aug-19 12:39:41

I deduced that he did it to cover another dog's wee, because he is very reliable indoors normally.

joystir59 Fri 23-Aug-19 12:40:47

...and I also deduce there are other dog owners on this thread whose dogs have cocked their legs toowink

missbattenburg Fri 23-Aug-19 16:30:14

Battendog and I have perfected the subtle twitch of a lead and the "don't you dare" muttered under my breath...

Bonkersblond Fri 23-Aug-19 16:41:00

I’ll take DDog to Pets at Home on a rainy day, she also loves cleaning up all the biscuits and loves the treat when we pay. P

likeridingabike Fri 23-Aug-19 16:46:55

Another one with a doggie who loves a hunt around under the shelves in the pick and mix section.

joystir59 Fri 23-Aug-19 19:42:12

My dog doesn't eat many treats unless they are just about 100% meat. Does like the fact that he's in a shop with us mooching and sniffing. Goes berserk if invited to choose a toy though!

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