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Dog Bone tip

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by all degree, Jun 4, 2004.

  1. all degree

    all degree LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 344

    Do you guys have dogs on your routes? Two types on mine... the ones who are really scared and the ones that want to bite you.

    Here is what I do and it works great on both. Buy a box of milkbones and keep it in your truck. Every morning throw a couple in your pocket and when you get to the job give the dog one. After a few weeks the mean ones will love you and the scared ones wont be afraid anymore. It works great. And as a bonus 99% of the owners will think that you are a great guy because we all know how people love their dogs. Gives them another reason to keep you...

    Give it a try.
  2. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 769

    Good idea but, I would let the customer know what you're feeding their dogs, some dog owners are very protective of their animals.

    I knew of one dog who was feed a pigs ear that you can buy. This dog suffered liver problems until its death two years later..we assumed the pigs ear caused it.
  3. Littleriver1

    Littleriver1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 811

    I think the milkbone thing is a good idea. I do it all the time. I wouldn't think Milkbones have anything in them that would harm a dog. I had one customers dog that had bad teeth. He just carried them around all day. He used to sleep in my truck till time to go, kind of a pita.
  4. RjCjR

    RjCjR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    I've seen a lawncare co. leave individually wrapped dog bones w/ their company logo on them. Customers LOVE stuff like that. Kinda like leaving rain guages (again w/ logo printed on them).

    I don't think most customers would ever care if you gave their dog a "generic", "regular" old milk bone.

    Now throwing them half of your Big Mac?! ...that's something else.
  5. Littleriver1

    Littleriver1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 811

    RjCjR, If you get out of your truck with a Big Mac at some of my locations you better hope the dog see you throw the half your willing to give up.
  6. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,332

    We do the same thing. We have over 30 dogs on our route, and no better ice breaker than a cookie bone. I love dogs, and have a lab and a staffordshire bull terrier at home. We ask permission from all new clients about the treat policy, and no one has ever siad no. When we pull into some driveways, the dogs are already waiting at the fence after hearing our truck.<a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/16/16_2_102.gif' border=0></a>
  7. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    You throw out a good idea, but here is something to think about.

    There are dogs out there that have a very sensitive stomach and cannot tolerate treats. I know because I have one of those dogs. Every morning the mail lady was giving my dog a treat. Neighbors would stop by and throw the dog a treat. It was awful because every time someone did, my dog would end up puking. I had to tell everyone nicely not to give her anymore treats.
    So maybe you should mention to the owners one time in a casual conversation that you like to give Fido a treat or two every week when you service their lawn. See what they say. Most I'm sure will probably be pleasantly surprised. It's always good to check first before giving an animal anything, that way you can't be held responsible if something should happen.


    LIBERTY LAWNCARE 2 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 84

    Could you tell me where to find the cute little tail waggers that you attached at the end of your post?

    We have an American Pit Bull Terrier aka AKC registered Attention Hound that I use for some of our ads, those ads get the BEST response. Go Figure.
  9. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,100

    LIBERTY LAWNCARE 2> If you got to the 'tail waggers' and click on them it will take you to the site. The tail waggers is a web link.
    I know I tryed it.
  10. Burger

    Burger LawnSite Member
    from Montana
    Posts: 192

    Milk Bones? The Meter maid was bringing my rottweiler raw steak. Speaking as a Home owner, ask first.

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