I don't think I'll be taking Red back to the pet store alone without hubby with me. Red was acting like a complete maniac - he completely disregarded what he knew to be good manners and I was so embarressed! I know he's excited to go to the pet store, and there are lots of fun toys and treats to sniff, not to mention other dogs and dog-lovers, so some excitement is to be expected. But not listening to commands and being a holy terror was NOT expected!
It's my fault for taking him in without a second person with me, but this is what happened. He pulls me into the store, no matter how many corrections he received about pulling on the leash. I suppose I should've just put him back in the car at that point and did my shopping without him, but nevertheless, we get in there and he starts plucking stuffed animals off the shelves and shaking them - which is fine and actually kind of amusing. Then he sees another dog - a small Papillion or something - and after sniffing noses for about 2 seconds, he tries to squash
it - like literally, reared up like a horse and came crashing down on it, causing it to yipe and get scared and its owner to run away from us! Then people try to stop to pet him and he jumps up on them! He's never
allowed to jump on people, but its like all his training and manners went out the window as soon as he entered the store. No matter what I said or did, he would not listen or sit for petting. At this point, I'm getting really frustrated and to the point that I want to kick him, so I grab what I need and go up to the counter to pay so we can get the hell out. While we're waiting in line and he pees on the floor! OMG I'm about ready to die of shame now. He was actually going so nuts that he slipped out of his collar (flat nylon), but as soon as he realized he didn't have his collar on, he laid down on the floor unmoving until I could get it back on him - so that was the only good thing he did.
Once we got up to the counter to pay, I told the cashier that I'm really sorry, but my dog peed on the floor, and I don't know why he's acting like this and I'm never taking him to the pet store alone again since he's obviously too strong for me to handle when also trying to carry my purse and stuff to buy. She made me feel a lot better by saying that most people say their dogs act the worst when they are in a pet store. Well at least I'm not the only one, but his behavior still wasn't acceptable.
I was so mad at him for the rest of the night. I feel like a training failure. I mean, everyone who comes over or if we take him somewhere with us comments on what a nice, well-mannered puppy he is, and then we go into the pet store and he's a like a completely different dog!
Sorry just had to vent. I wanted to write this last night, but the forum was down. I just wanted to know if anyone else experiences this pet store madness, or if the cashier was just lying to me to make me feel better...?