Forget Michelle. President Obama's holiday shopping buddy is the family dog, Bo.
The Commander-in-Chief apparently isn't worried about surprising the Portuguese Water Dog on Christmas morning, as he took the first dog to PetSmart on Wednesday to pick up some stocking stuffers. Obama bought two items totaling $41 for Bo, including a large dog bone.
Bo didn't pay much attention to the flood of paparazzi capturing the outing, but a small brown standard poodle named Cinnamon caught his eye. The President commented on the (maybe too) friendly encounter, warning his pooch, "Bo, don't get too personal here."
What Is Proper Etiquette When Shopping With Your Pet?
If, like the President, you plan to take your dog shopping with you, make sure he or she is well-trained before you consider going near a store. Just because a store allows pets, doesn't mean all should enter. Consider your dog's behavior, health and personality before taking him or her on even the shortest of excursions.
DogsLifeKC.com offers some great tips for canine shopping etiquette:
For new canine shopping companions:
- Take your dog for a walk prior to shopping so he doesn't have a need for a bathroom break in or near the store.
- Shopping can be stressful. Be sure to watch for signs that your dog needs a break.
- Leash your four-legged friend, no matter their size. No extension leashes, i.e. Flexi-leads.
- Barking is not welcome as it can frighten other patrons.
- Keep your dog close so he is not in the path of other shoppers. Unless invited, dogs should not socialize with other shoppers, employees or other dogs.
- Always bring poop bags and paper towels in case of accidents, inside or outside, scoop it.
- Power shopping requires snacks. Since shopping can go on for hours, make sure your pooch is comfortable. Bring water, a water bowl and appropriate snacks.
- Reward your dog for appropriate behavior while shopping. Good sit stays and nice walking through a crowd are worthy of a reward.
- Be prepared to leave if your dog stresses or causes a disturbance. Remember, not everyone will share your enjoyment of your dog's presence.
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