Today was Benji's first day at a Costco, I'd say he did pretty well. I think it helped that this time it wasn't as crazy busy and I was a lot less stressed because I knew where things were this time.
It was interesting because there were so many little kids that would scream "puppy!" and their parents would use that opportunity to teach them about service dogs and how when they see a dog with a vest on, they aren't supposed to pet it, but instead just observe. There was also an elderly gentleman working one of the food stands and we had a nice talk with him about the dog that he has living at his house. I love how many people just feel more comfortable to talk to strangers because they see something they have in common with us, which is a dog. Having an assistance dog-in-training really opens doors to meeting new people and having new experiences and conversations that normally you wouldn't have and I would say that is a HUGE positive.
I find it funny whenever I take Benji to do public access (taking the dog to a public place so that they're experienced), he doesn't go to the bathroom, unless of course another dog went right before him in the same spot. It happened twice today, cause Maddie and I took Finely with us to Costco. Whenever Finley went pee on a bush or tree, we both would run Benji over to where he was because we know for sure that Benji is going to pee wherever Finley goes pee. I've been working on pairing him going to the bathroom with "better hurry," so hopefully some day soon, he won't need Finley there to go to the bathroom!