We adopted 5 year old shamas on Oct 27th, and the first thing we noticed was some territorial agression. Then, dog-dog agression walking down the street.
It didn't take too long to figure out that he's an anxious dog, and reacting out of fear of other dogs, traffic, construction....and generally everything normal to city life...so we set to finding safe places to walk him.
And we found it in the most interesting places. we first realised that Shamas is a "normal dog" at Petsmart-no fears, plenty of curiosity, and greets other(friendly) dogs of his own volition. But Petsmart gets pretty busy around Christmas, so I checked to see where else we could take him, and he now frequents Chapters. Even when busy, Chapters isn't Packed. He's welcome, and the customers seem to like him, though I make a point to keep him out of aisles with people in them just in case he makes anyone nervous. He's also welcome in Canadian Tire, near me...though I can't walk him there due to traffic.
I still can't walk Shamas down the street without him being a bag of nerves, but in a store, he is one happy dog! And people tend to give him space, because he wears a coat and harness, so they just assume that he's a service dog until told otherwise. I think his breed help that assumption..he's a black Lab-retreiver
Now I know that as the weeather warms we'll need to tackle the sidewalk walking again, but I'm really happy to see Shamas developing confidence with his in-shop walks for now. I don't know if his wearing a vest is helping at all(think Thundershirt), or if it's all the location, and being away from city sounds. I guess I'll find out when the snow melts