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Old 01-01-2016, 10:58 AM   #1
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I wanted to ask you pros how you deal with your dog onsite.
My dog isn't typically aggressive, he is rather "high strung" so I don't leave him at home or he will tear up sofa arms, seat cushions etc.

I feel very very fortunate to be self employed,,this gig has been way better than the factories or convenience stores. and the luxury of bringing my dog to work is a real bonus.

There have been very few incidences where he acted out at a customers home or yard. most were the the fault of the home owners or condo associations board of directors in my opinion.

ive asked people nicely to crate their pets while we are there to avoid any conflict

he seldom barks but can get a little testy around young children or cats. small dogs don't phase him at all and he seems to take a liking to them,

children under 3' or cats and other large breed dogs are probably his "trigger"

ive taken to include him in my advertising,,,a calling card so to speak, hes an important part of my life.

but after this last incident involving cops, the dog warden/animal control while im just trying to paint,,all zenned out and make a living, im considering including some language in the contract to prevent further problems.

how do you pros handle this? thoughts?
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First of all, I want to make it clear that I'm a "dog person".

That being said, I think it's a bush move for contractors to bring their dogs to job sites.

Sorry.
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I get this,,,really. some people don't think its appropriate to bring dogs to the jobsite.
but that's not the gist of this post. I need validation from others that do,,and how to overcome the anti dog on jobsite people.
some of my customers appreciate it actually, ive considered donating a portion of my profts to animal aid or the dog shelter...possible attaching a flyer to their bulletin board to attract like minded folks.
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Well, the only contractor I know that brings his dog to the jobsite would also bring beer along as well. Not sure if that helps, but that is all I got for you on this topic.
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I get this,,,really. some people don't think its appropriate to bring dogs to the jobsite.
but that's not the gist of this post. I need validation from others that do,,and how to overcome the anti dog on jobsite people.
some of my customers appreciate it actually, ive considered donating a portion of my profts to animal aid or the dog shelter...possible attaching a flyer to their bulletin board to attract like minded folks.
Maybe I'm still missing "the gist", but it sounds as if you're asking how to get your clients, and others, to accommodate the needs of your personal pet.

To blame the clients or members of the HOA's board of directors when he "acted out" seems a bit much. They don't own the problem, you do.
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If the dog gets ahold of your leg, it's best to just let him finish.
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Corgis are a known killer breed so bringing Stevie along solves the problem of any troublesome pets or kids that the HO might own by viscously keeping children, cats, and other dogs out of my way. HO's that don't heed my warning are just asking for trouble IMO.

One thing I do that might also help you is to bring a few spare pet crates and one of those collapsable pens. The crates are for any cats or small dogs the HO might have and the pen is good for larger dogs and children.

There is the frequent problem of her pooping in the house so I bring a small shovel for cleaning up after her. I scoop it and take it outside and fling it over the nearest fence into a neighbor's yard. Leaving it inside, or even in the HO's yard, would not be a classy move. Plus I wouldn't want to accidentally step in it and track it onto my ladder. Pee isn't an issue since it doesn't usually show.

I generally find that having my dog along is a big plus with my customers.
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I'm a dog lover as well but no way am I taking my dog Tomas customers house while I'm painting. Just no. Dogs poop don't they? I have a cow if a smoker is working on the jobsite and I find a cig laying in the yard but a pile of dog crap. No way. Maybe if you're working for a ho that has a few dogs and they crap in the yard they won't notice. Is be willing to bet you could and probably have put a fantastic high quality paint job on a house but because your dog left a few piles a crap in the yard that ho is not going to be referring you to his buddy down the road. Besides that its a liability issue.
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Snakes make better work pets
keeps the children & homeowners away
So you can do your job like you're getting paid to
without them bothering you
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Snakes make better work pets
keeps the children & homeowners away
So you can do your job like you're getting paid to
without them bothering you
Living where you do, have you ever tried a gator? I'd think they would be very effective and easier to keep on a leash than a snake.
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I have been bitten twice by dogs. Non provoked, while walking out of the job.

An electrician friend of mine had his ear lobe bitten off by a dog on another job site.

I realize a dogs behavior is largely related to its owners ability to train. However, I find most humans to be too impatient to own a dog. As a result, I find myself disliking dogs in general.

And while I'm thinking of it, I would like to say how ridiculous I think it is that humans follow dogs around with a bag of poop in their hands. The only thing worse is allowing a dog to poop in a neighbors yard. So, I'm not sure how to solve this canundrum. I suppose if I owned a dog, I would prefer it pooped in my own yard, then cleaning up after it. After all, picking it up from my own yard seems much more inconspicuous than carrying a half pound bowel movement from my german shepherd five minutes in to my thirty minute morning walk.

I can't help but picture some higher alien life form spying on us from space. I'm sure they are looking at each other in disbelief. One saying to the other "is that guy carrying his dogs poop around?"

Feel free to move this to random thoughts thread.
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I bring my dog on most new construction jobs during hanging and taping process. That way there is no other trades working inside. I also tend to work 10 -12 hour days. Therefore GCs don't really mind as they realize I would have to go home just to let dog out. When sanding and priming is started I leave dog at home.
Anyhow my dog is very well behaved and has never needed a leash. Basically grew up on jobsites and has for the most part stayed out of trouble. If there are other pets trades, or kids its probably best to leave snoop at home.
Outside stuff is hit or miss if its hot or the place doesn't have a fenced in yard I keep my dog at home.
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I have been bitten twice by dogs. Non provoked, while walking out of the job.

An electrician friend of mine had his ear lobe bitten off by a dog on another job site.

I realize a dogs behavior is largely related to its owners ability to train. However, I find most humans to be too impatient to own a dog. As a result, I find myself disliking dogs in general.

And while I'm thinking of it, I would like to say how ridiculous I think it is that humans follow dogs around with a bag of poop in their hands. The only thing worse is allowing a dog to poop in a neighbors yard. So, I'm not sure how to solve this canundrum. I suppose if I owned a dog, I would prefer it pooped in my own yard, then cleaning up after it. After all, picking it up from my own yard seems much more inconspicuous than carrying a half pound bowel movement from my german shepherd five minutes in to my thirty minute morning walk.

I can't help but picture some higher alien life form spying on us from space. I'm sure they are looking at each other in disbelief. One saying to the other "is that guy carrying his dogs poop around?"

Feel free to move this to random thoughts thread.
I agree that any aliens observing a typical dog owner's interaction with their dog would conclude that the dog is the actual master and the human its servant. There is no way I would bag up my dog's poop while on a walk. Deer, bears, birds, and fish poop where they please with no thought towards bagging their "business" so why should it be any different with a dog? Someone doesnt like finding dog poop in their yard? Then do what I do - just scoop it and fling it onto a neighbor's property. Problem solved.

Just wanted to add that many might think my attitude might make Stevie and I somewhat unpopular in our neighborhood. Quite the contrary, very frequently, after she has dropped a load, the HO will come out and call after us to come back and chat a bit. Unfortunately, I can't do so most of the time so I just smile, wave, wish them a nice day, and keep moving.
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Do I hear the Exxon Valedze rumbling up my street. And this time with a pita pooch?
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I have been bitten twice by dogs. Non provoked, while walking out of the job.

An electrician friend of mine had his ear lobe bitten off by a dog on another job site.

I realize a dogs behavior is largely related to its owners ability to train. However, I find most humans to be too impatient to own a dog. As a result, I find myself disliking dogs in general.

And while I'm thinking of it, I would like to say how ridiculous I think it is that humans follow dogs around with a bag of poop in their hands. The only thing worse is allowing a dog to poop in a neighbors yard. So, I'm not sure how to solve this canundrum. I suppose if I owned a dog, I would prefer it pooped in my own yard, then cleaning up after it. After all, picking it up from my own yard seems much more inconspicuous than carrying a half pound bowel movement from my german shepherd five minutes in to my thirty minute morning walk.

I can't help but picture some higher alien life form spying on us from space. I'm sure they are looking at each other in disbelief. One saying to the other "is that guy carrying his dogs poop around?"

Feel free to move this to random thoughts thread.
Last year one of my crew saw a lady being preemptive on picking her dogs poop by catching it in the bag wrapped around her hand. wtf!

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I must be at Brain Rest this morning. Hats off to high fiber for what may be his best troll yet! Well-crafted and just close enough to reality to get a lot of us sleep-addled painters to bite.

Well played, sir.

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Well on a job a few weeks ago a carpenter took a deuce in toilet before it was hooked up. At least my dog waits till she gets home. LOL
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I must be at Brain Rest this morning. Hats off to high fiber for what may be his best troll yet! Well-crafted and just close enough to reality to get a lot of us sleep-addled painters to bite.

Well played, sir.

Troll???
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Well on a job a few weeks ago a carpenter took a deuce in toilet before it was hooked up. At least my dog waits till she gets home. LOL
Did he bag it afterwards?
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It's all in the name I believe. Quite clever. But I know what happens to me when my diet includes high fiber...and too much of it.... fos.lol
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