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Old 12-03-2007, 08:08 PM
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As many places as I could. Just go where ever you can think of.
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:24 PM
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I know of many places, I'm just not sure if a dog would be allowed there? So I assume everyone that says "I take my dob everywhere" you just bring the dog in? (assuming of course it's well mannered, ect)
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:31 PM
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I know of many places, I'm just not sure if a dog would be allowed there? So I assume everyone that says "I take my dob everywhere" you just bring the dog in? (assuming of course it's well mannered, ect)
There are very few stores that allow dogs inside. You could try Home Depot. Their door says "no dogs allowed" but people take their dogs in non-stop and no one seems to have an issue...
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:33 PM
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At home depot they can not be on the floor they can be in the cart or your arms but not on the florr.
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Old 12-03-2007, 09:50 PM
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I take Millie almost everywhere, every place I can obviously because she's in training as my service dog.

One place I don't take her is horse therapy, because I can't work with the horses and her. She's great with horses but I would think it would be inappropriate and useless to either of us to leave her somewhere and then go to the arena.

She's prettydamnreliable, but I still take things very slowly with her and try to judge what kind of stresses there will be in a place and how long we'll be there, what places we'll be afterwards, etc. My mom says I underestimate her, but I just don't want to mess up doing this.

She's gone to the grocery store, department stores, the mall, the theater, the bookstore, people's homes, doctor's appointments, therapy appointments, the insurance company, pet stores, a school, and lots more places.

Yes, I still have problems with people wanting to pet her. I usually intercept them and say "Please don't pet her, she's working and needs to focus." Sometimes when people ask I put her in a sit- or down-stay and let them. I have problems with adults and I can always count on when going into a busy store that there's at least one small child screaming to their parents about the puppy. Luckily Millie is very good and just leans into me and I take her away from there.

The only time I ask for permission is when in a private home. Sometimes I won't go or will wait until a different time if I can't take her. One exception was when visiting a friend's mom in hospice care.

I take Lucy everywhere I can, to private homes, pet stores, and other places dogs are allowed. Incidentally, I'm taking care of the animals of 4 different households and I take them along with me when I do my jobs, excluding when I'm lunging the horses.

While I'm not as adamant about petting as I understandably am with Millie, Lucy gets distracted much more easily. I try to let people pet her as much as possible when I'm not trying to do something in particular with her. She loves petting and when I take her out people stop me constantly.
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Old 12-03-2007, 11:01 PM
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I'd like to say everywhere, but probably should have tried harder with loud areas..
We'd been to senior homes, school yards, busy parks, I took him to parties with me (and I mean PARTIES), work, many outdoor events with loads of dogs and people, flea markets, we've been to countless random areas like lakes, beaches, forests, and so on.. been to many friends houses, 4 different vet offices, in a restaurant.. and so on. He'd meet new people daily.
I was never able to get him to bus loops or train stations because he was deathly afraid of loud foreign noises right from the get go and any sign of those sounds would send him into spaz mode. Slowly working on that. I work right next to a train track and he comes to work with me 5 days a week and he's STILL afraid of trains.

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*sigh*, even with all of that she's still quite skittish and shy with people though. Slowly we're overcoming that, but I think she'll probably always be like this.
I thought I was the only one. I've been almost ashamed to post about it for advice because I was thinking I didn't do enough socializing with Pit.. He's very skittish around people despite my efforts, especially kids, which I find very strange because there are so many kids where I live and all summer long he'd play with them every day. I live right next to a big park and we'd visit the kids, sometimes they'd come to my door to ask to play with him, sometimes I'd go visit the children with Pit. He was bonkers about kids up until about a month ago where he just literally all of the sudden changed opinions of them. We were in puppy socialization class (of all things) and a child was sitting on a sofa. Halfway through the class he looked at the child, raised his hackles, cowered behind me and started barking. Since then he's done that to about half the children we see. The other half he acts as though he's got no issues with them.
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Old 12-04-2007, 08:31 PM
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I had worse problems with people wanting to pet when I was out with Millie today.
Once I was bending over Millie, getting my money out of her vest and all of a sudden there's a hand right on her, under me, and some lady's face right up in mine saying "Nice dog!"
She scared the freakin' bejeezus out of me.
Millie came to a doctor's appointment, the mall, Borders, the grocery store, and Walgreens with me today.
I'm lucky I didn't lose 20 bucks when didn't notice I dopped it because she picked it up for me. She got a lot of laughs when she was trotting out the door with a bunch of money in in her mouth.
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Old 12-04-2007, 08:55 PM
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PetSmart and other pet stores, parks, and Mt. Vernon (George Washingon's estate) which allows dogs every where but in the mansion. Its a great place to meet a variety of people, because its a tourist attraction . . . and for some reason people are well behaved there. The staff is really nice to . . they keep water bowls for dogs (General Washington would have approved) and tried to recruit Sarama to chase the geese of the lawn.
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Old 12-04-2007, 09:03 PM
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Go as many places as possible... Elle and Bella only went to the normal places that dogs can go like PetSmart and outdoor events... but I got Armani since I moved to the city and here dogs are ALLOWED everywhere (as in the workers actually say they are allowed... no flaming thank you)... so he has been in the bookstores, department stores, outdoor cafes, along with the normal parks and stuff... he is the most well adjusted dog I have ever had... he can walk right past a great dane and barely lift an ear... since he is a puppy people still tend to excite him as he isnt sure if there may be some loving for him, lol... but if I call him back he comes... Im working on training him off leash now in my apartment complex, he goes to the garbage and laundry rooms with me and I make him follow me... its going great.

So anyway... just go as many different places as you can possibly think of as soon as possible... I started taking him from 10 weeks and just carrying him around so he could see things but not be exposed to too much risk.

Good Luck.

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I didn't know you had a new pup, Elissa! Pics?
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