So, I go to Home Depot with my mom and my service animal around once a month. I find it to be a good 'training ground' for her. My girl doesn't wear a service animal jacket, so the people don't know that she is a service animal (not the issue).
Now, I understand that my girl is adorable. I understand some of the employees want to pet her and say hello. If they ask to pet her, I will always say yes. What really bugs me is when they just walk up and start petting her. I mean, really, who walks up to a strange dog and just sticks their hand in it's face?!? Thank goodness my girl loves people in orange aprons, but good grief...she's a 65lb German Shepherd. She could take off a few fingers before you could blink.
One time leaving the store, an employee ran over and reached ACROSS me to basically shove her hand in my dog's mouth. I had to stop in my tracks to avoid running into her. Yesterday, another employee snuck up behind me and started petting her while I was on the phone (Husband had a transportation issue). My mom and I were waiting while another worker split a brick, we were obviously being helped. I had no clue she was even there until she was right up in my dog's face. Because I was on the phone, and didn't need my dog distracted, I just walked away...and the girl went to stand behind the counter and pouted at me for the rest of the time I was there! Seriously...don't pout at me because I didn't let you stick your face right next to a strange animals teeth!
Edited to fix typo. Thank you all for your advice/suggestions!