We took another short trip to Petsmart for a weigh in and to continue exposure to people and other animals. Yarrow did even better this time than she has in the past with ignoring other dogs and people. Though she is definitely entering adolescence and having some issues with distraction, bouncing, and just general foolishness when we are out (I know I have not spent nearly enough time training her lately either) she did really well for being in a petshop. Scale says 52.4, so she is still growing though she has slowed a little. I am feeling pretty good about her making weight. She also seems to have put on about an inch in the last week, she looks suddenly tall standing next to Freyja.
While we were out we decided to try an outing in vest. We went to Lowe’s so it would be low pressure. We weren’t really shopping for anything, just looking at Halloween decorations and bathroom fixtures to finally fix the boys’ bathroom. It did take a little while to get Yarrow calmed down enough to walk across the parking lot without pulling. She was still very excited from the petshop (next time we will do our “formal” outing on a different day from petshop trip, LOL). However she did very well once we were inside. She is very serious in her vest. She had no fear walking beside the cart, or next to the Halloween decorations. She walked up to the life sized witch and gave it a sniff (gave her a little leeway on that as it was a display model in a garden store) and looked up at all of the inflatables when I pointed to them but seemed completely disinterested. No sign of fear.
We checked out shower stalls, new vanities, and tile. Then took a walk through the cement section with no concern on Yarrow’s part. I was feeling pretty worn out so we headed back to the car. I do think we found the bathroom fixtures we wanted. Yarrow was far better than I expected. Laid at my feet when we stopped, ignored people who pointed at her, and walked next to me politely most of the time (good for a dog who hasn’t had nearly enough heel work on leash out of the house). I am hoping to do more work in Lowe’s and maybe Half Price Books in the next few weeks.