I saw some dogs in Home Depot a few weeks ago and was surprised to learn they are allowed in on leash. I've not seen any dogs in there before, and I've never seen one at Lowe's. I'm in the middle of a major home improvement project and I prefer Lowe's, so I was hoping they had a policy to allow pets in as well...and they do! If they didn't, I would have switched to Home Depot, as I have to keep an eye on Callie until we know what is up with her condition. Last time I went to Lowe's without her coming in, she had a seizure in the parking lot so I vowed not to leave her int he car again longer that a few (less than 10) minutes.
The first time we went into Lowe's together Callie was THRILLED. We came across an older, slightly bow-legged rancher looking guy who looked down in surprise and said "You can't have dogs in here!" to which I replied, "Yes, you can." He sort of harrumphed and we walked on. As we were coming out of an aisle a few minutes later I noticed the old guy coming in the front door - with his old black lab dog!! I thought that was great! He went out and got his dog to join him!
Callie has a fan club at Lowe's. Several of the workers fawn on her and call her "dog therapy," and of course she soaks up their affections, presenting herself for tummy rubs and going down the receiving line of people waiting to pet her. She has been extremely well-behaved in the store. A clerk commented to me that Callie behaved better than most children in the store - I could not agree more. We got a death glare from a mean lady in the paint section, but otherwise have had a warm welcome at Lowe's.
I am using the store time to work on "turn right" and "turn left" commands, and Callie seems to be getting that concept. This is very handy when steering a cart with one hand and holding a dog leash in the other. She never puts her paws on the counter unless invited to do so (which she has been twice now). It's great fun taking her shopping and I wish more stores allowed pets in. Pet stores do, including Petco and Petsmart, and I believe Zamzows. Grocery stores of course won't, probably some health code thing. (I wish Callie could pass as a service dog!).
Being able to take Callie has made my home improvement project a lot easier and a lot less worry and I am really grateful that someone got the bright idea to allow dogs into home improvement stores. If you don't already take your dog, start! I never knew it was allowed before.