There are myriad of reasons your dog might misbehave at home, and being in public offers even more opportunity for them to get distracted, chew on something forbidden or jump up on a person. To lessen the risk of a hard-to-handle pup, Rappaport suggests 15 to 20 minutes of activity before an outing to help your dog get rid of some energy.
“If a dog is having a hard time being polite in public, it is a good idea to take the dog outside immediately for a break,” Rappaport said. “If they are able to calm down, try again. After a second try, if they still have a hard time settling, it’s time to stop the outing and try another day.”
If your dog will allow it, making use of the shopping cart can be another way to calm an energetic pup. “It’s very convenient to keep leashed dogs in a shopping cart.” Ballinger said. “This way you don’t have to worry about your dog’s wagging tail breaking fragile items or the leash knocking things over. Bring a towel or cushion to place on the bottom so they will be more comfortable.”
While you’re out shopping and having a bonding experience with your dog, remember that others are just there to shop. Though some people want to pet and interact with your dog, some definitely will not. Whether it’s from a fear of dogs, allergies, or some other reason, it’s best to give those people space, Rappaport said.