Our local Lowes is a dog friendly store. I thought they all were, but, after a brief search on-line, that does not seem to be the case. Apparently, it is up to the local manager. I am thankful that ours still allow dogs, especially after one of their employees got bitten a few months back. They just changed their policy to encourage their employees to not try to pet the dogs that come in. They can, but they do it at their own risk. (Is your local Lowes dog friendly?)
I have taken Tippy there a couple of times with my trainer and once by myself. She did much better with the trainer. A couple of days ago, I needed to buy some yard working equipment, so decided to take Tippy with me. My trainer was unavailable. It was just me and Tippy.
In an effort to try to lower her energy level, i.e. tire her out, I took her for a walk first. It was an eventful walk, as she flushed some wild turkeys and I saw a black snake basking in the morning sun. Tippy found something and ran back toward home with it, as she does when she thinks it is something I don’t want her to have. I fully expected to see her laying in the yard, chewing on it, when I got back. But, she was no where to be found. She came bounding up on the porch about 10 minutes later without her treasure. I don’t know if she ate it, or buried it for another day.
Then, it was off to Lowes. I did have to give her a minute to calm down before we went inside, but she did great! She walked right beside of the cart with very little pulling, never bothered anything on the shelves, and almost let one of the male employees pet her. (She has issues with men, so that was an improvement.)
We had to wait in line at the checkout. I looked down and she was just sitting, waiting patiently, and people watching.
It was a very successful shopping trip and, apparently, a very tiring one.