Delegating Your Dog to Shop for Pet Supplies

Beat the Monotony

For dog owners, shopping for pet supplies may be a little less monotonous than visiting the grocery store. Many pet owners enjoy an excursion to the pet store. To others, however, it is merely a chore. It doesn’t go beyond the need to find time in their busy schedule to schlep a 40-pound bag of dry dog food out of the shop and into the trunk of the car.

Este is posing in front of the Family Farm and Home, where I will be teaching a walk-in class beginning next week.


People who don’t like bringing their dogs out in public due to bad behavior should take advantage of classes like this, because this is exactly what the dog needs.

Put Your Dog to Work

Why not let your dog do his own shopping? Most dogs, as Thoreau would put it, “lead lives of quiet desperation.” A trip to the pet supply store can be the highlight of a dog’s whole week. With this in mind, schedule a time when Fido can be your partner in the browsing agenda. Many stores have bins of toys and snacks that are within his reach. Pick up the ones that he zeroes in on.

Remember that to a dog, any facility with pet supplies is a veritable cornucopia of smells. He can read all about who has passed through this area, and how long ago. He knows where they came from, their gender, and many more invisible details. To him, sniffing the floor is like reading a newspaper. Walk him up and down all the aisles, allowing him to imbibe. If your dog is friendly to others, let other customers pet him and make a fuss over him. The shopping trip is your dog’s time.

Reap the Benefits

When you get home, give the pup a reminder of the outing by presenting him with his new toy and a couple of cookies. Your furry pal will greatly appreciate the gesture. You will find that it takes very little effort to transform a task into an event. Your four-footed companion will benefit from the exercise and the stimulation, and so will you. The time away from your busy schedule, focusing on your dog’s needs and enjoying the rapport with him and others, can lower your blood pressure and release some pleasant endorphins. You may be surprised to find that eventually, one of your favorite weekly routines is to go shopping for pet supplies.


About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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