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Old 06-03-2012, 03:00 PM
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I took the girls to petsmart. We try to go once a week just for socializing and Summer loves the attention and treats. My girls are very well behaved in public and in the store. They walk right next to me and don't bother people.

There was a man there today with his two kids, one girl who looked to be in elementary school and a younger boy. They were at the isle with the snakes and birds and reptiles and I was wanting to pick up something for my fish tank so I was back by the fish stuff. I walked down the isle they were on after getting the fish stuff and the girl was at the end of the isle looking at the cages. When we passed by, she jumped and ran and hid behind her dad, very obviously afraid of the dogs. I noticed later her dad was pointing out other dogs to her, I'm assuming so she'd be aware and not startled like she was when mine came by.

About 10 minutes later, I was just walking around the dog food isles and by the dog beds I turned the corner and saw the man and his kids there looking at the cats (which for some reason are near the dog stuff). I stopped at the end of the isle to look at the x-pens and kennels. Been contemplating a new kennel for Mia. A man turned the far corner with two big shepherd-y type mixes. I see him around a lot and his dogs are impeccably well behaved too. I could see the girl start to go into a panic attack because she was stuck in between two groups of dogs and the man with the big dogs was walking towards her.

So needless to say I left so she wasn't cornered and terrified between the dogs but seriously WHY WOULD YOU BRING A CHILD THAT IS OBVIOUSLY TERRIFIED OF DOGS TO PETSMART? I felt so bad for the kid having to be there. Every time a dog came within about 20 feet of her, she'd try to hide or run away. You know there are going to be dogs in a petsmart. It just really made me mad.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:13 PM
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I kind of get if it was maybe a single parent and they had pets. You can't always have someone watch your kids when you need to run small errands/shopping and with how crazy people have been lately I wouldn't be ok leaving a child alone in a car or at home by themselves.

But it sounds like they were there just killing time and so I don't really get that :/
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:29 PM
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Because there are other reasons to go to Petsmart than to see dogs? Because the child wanted to go and look at the cats and other animals? Because the kid has just as much right to be there?
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:51 PM
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I didn't say the kid didn't have a 'right' to be there, of course they have the right to be there. But I still think it's just not a good thing to do to your kid to bring them to a place where they're as anxious and afraid of everything as she was. The kid was definitely not having fun, she was scanning around for dogs the entire time.
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Because there are other reasons to go to Petsmart than to see dogs? Because the child wanted to go and look at the cats and other animals? Because the kid has just as much right to be there?
That's pretty harsh. I agree with the op that you wouldn't want to spend more time than necessary around something your child was afraid of. In this case, killing time at Petsmart was probably a bad call. If they were there to get something, then the best course would be to get in and out.
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I'm not sure how people are supposed to KNOW there'll be dogs at Petsmart. 9 time out of 10 when I go, the only dogs there are in grooming or boarding/day care. And that's not only one Petsmart.
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That's pretty harsh. I agree with the op that you wouldn't want to spend more time than necessary around something your child was afraid of. In this case, killing time at Petsmart was probably a bad call. If they were there to get something, then the best course would be to get in and out.
You're assuming they didn't buy anything. You're assuming the kid didn't ASK to go there. You're assuming the kid wasnt trying to hose a new pet.

Honestly, the guy that just kept walking towards her should have went around. When you have your dogs with you, you need to be aware of your surroundings, cause all it took was one loud complaint and his dogs privalege to be there would have been taken away.
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:22 PM
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There's always at least a half a dozen dogs there on weekend afternoons if a training isn't in session. If it is, then there's more. And usually on weekends they have some rescue or two set up with adoptable dogs.

I can't blame the other guy at all. It's likely he had no idea that there was someone that was scared of dogs there. I didn't notice until after I had passed them and made the kid startle and hide(they didn't see me coming either). Yeah I felt bad afterwards.
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It's very possible he was hoping to help her work on her issues.

My boss's grandchild is afraid of dogs and came to my work the other day. We asked her to say hi to a puppy and when she cried and hid behind her mom we said, oh well, and walked away having a great time with the puppy without her.

I'm no expert but staying home and away from all dogs I assume will only make the fear worse.
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Or when people bring their kids to the dog park and dont want the dogs to touch them....
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