I too shop in Lowe's and see dogs in there quite often. I have also seen dogs walk up to customers while the owner is not paying attention.
Who says this customer wants attention from the dog? I do not because I have allergies. I have had to ask people to please keep heir dog away from me and then I get the 'stinky' eye. I love animals (and used to have a dog) but cannot have them near me anymore Employees have told me of having to break up dog fights, clean up messes made by dogs - urine and *** - and many other tales of mishaps by dogs.
Who wants to buy lumber already pissed on by a dog?
I don't. Stores should not allow dogs in with the exception of service dogs.