If you have control over your work environment, set up a corner in it for your dog with a mat, toys, chews, and a secured leash if she can't sit still initially. Give her attention for being calm, and work through her initial anxieties when the office is free of people or the store is closed.


Many dogs pee shortly after being brought into someone else's home. Often surprising to humans, it makes complete sense from a dog's perspective: new situations make her uneasy, and urinating spreads her scent, making her feel more at home. Guide your dog into new homes, encouraging WAIT and OKAY through all doorways, and give her a familiar mat and bone to occupy her by your side.


Going to town is an exciting experience, especially if your dog has been cooped up all day or is undersocialized. Letting her have the leash and pull you left and right is wrong. It's disruptive to other people, overwhelming to your dog, and not enjoyable for you. Using your commands (from previous chapters) and structuring the experience from the beginning can make the difference between a positive town adventure and chaotic one.

If, while strolling, you'd like to stop at a cafe or outdoor deli, fold the leash up neatly and sit on it, giving your dog just enough freedom to lie comfortably. If you are able, lead your dog under your legs or table, combining a new direction with an old one: UNDER-DOWN.

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