This morning we had to take Oscar to the vet to get his nails trimmed. I stuffed a handful of kibble in my pocket because I wasn’t looking forward to handing him off to the tech. I suggested to her that I put him on the floor and she take the leash instead of reaching and taking him from me. She did and that was fine. She said he didn’t like any part of having his nails trimmed but he didn’t try to bite them. That was good.
Bless his heart . . he was so worked up that when we got in the car, he threw up. I feel so bad for him but we’re going to seriously work on his social skills.
We stopped by Atwoods on the way home. For those who aren’t familiar with Atwoods, it’s similar to Tractor Supply and I see dogs in there every now and then so I figured they were dog friendly. Poor little Oscar! He did not like any part of going in that store. The carts scared him half to death. I put him down and kept his leash tight but all he wanted to do was stay behind me. I think he thought no one could see him if he was behind me. When someone walked by with a cart, it was full panic mode. Once someone kinda banged a cart into something and he about came unglued. As we walked around the store, he became a bit more comfortable. Once we walked by a couple with two small children so I picked Oscar up because I didn’t want one of the little boys to reach out to pet him.
The only problem is that they hand out popcorn and there was a lot of popcorn dropped on the floor. Oscar became the clean up dog . . he was sniffing out the popcorn. I would pull him away from it if I saw it but, as you might guess, he’s faster than I am. I read that, while popcorn isn’t great for dogs, a few pieces now and then won’t hurt him. I’m guessing he’s going to remember that they put out yummy treats for him on the floor and he may not be so apprehensive about going in there next time.
When we checked out, I was standing over to the side and one of the girls working there walked over to him. He didn’t bark at her but he was trying to get as far from her as he could. I asked her if she was feeling brave and handed her a few pieces of kibble. She held her hand out flat to him and Oscar has a new BFF. He is very motivated by food. That runs in this family! 🙂
I gave her more food and he was all over her. She sat down on the floor and he was in her lap, trying to lick her in the face.
All he needs is more time around people, which is a big deal for us because I so rarely go anywhere and when I do, it’s Walmart or Aldi and I can’t take him in either of those places. Atwoods is good . . it’s close to our house so if we go in there once a week, and then go to Home Depot every now and then, that should help a lot.
I felt really good about his behavior today. I was expecting him to be snapping and barking at anyone who got close to him.