Leader of the Pack: Service Techs and Your Pets

08Aug11

The Twins

“I must have stepped over her three or four times. She was sleeping just fine…so I thought”

I guess I was pressing my luck with that elkhound, because when I stepped over her for the fourth time she woke up with a start, and clamped onto my calf. I couldn’t get her to let loose. She didn’t puncture the skin, but it took the homeowner, their friend, and me, several excruciating minutes to get her to let go.

At Day & Nite we consider our pets part of the family, and we know that most pet owners feel the same way, so it’s very important to us that we handle them carefully and correctly. Shortly after that elkhound did her best to defend the family turf I decided that I was through being a chew toy, and found Pet Psychologist Robin Grannell, owner of the Canine Behavior Center. That was more than fifteen years ago, and it’s really made a difference.

Robin taught us that there are reasons for the classic ” Dog vs. Mail Carrier” battle, and the dynamic is similar for service techs. You see, in the dogs mind, your family is the dog’s pack. And the dog should, and normally will, protect their pack. When we come to your home to do plumbing, heating, or air-conditioning work, we’re either taking stuff away, leaving stuff, or opening stuff, and the dog doesn’t like that.

Every six months at our weekly tech training meetings, Robin comes in and gets us back up to speed, by quizzing our knowledge on how to handle customer’s pets. A confrontation between a pet and a service tech can be stressful, and sometimes painful for both. It’s a very real thing, and I have the scars to prove it. I’ve been bitten so many times, I stopped counting.

So how can you help? Simple. Just mention that you have pets, and the particular care that you would like, “We have a cat, please don’t let the cat out”. Our technicians are trained how to leave the animal alone, and how to approach, depending on your preference. If you have a dog, an introduction is always a good idea. It only takes a moment. Unless you introduce us to your family dog, we’re an outsider and may be perceived as a threat.

Often times, kenneling the dog in a crate is the best course of action. It may seem unfair or cruel, but it’s actually a good thing to do for a dog. Dens are the normal habitat for canines in the wild. If your dog has been crated since it was a pup, it offers a nice, safe, comfortable place for them when strangers and service techs are visiting.

At Day & Nite Plumbing and Heating our techs are trained how to handle a service call correctly when pets are present, but you shouldn’t assume that’s the case with all service providers.
The next time you schedule a visit by a service tech remember, a little bit of preparation and communication on your part, can keep your pet’s stress level to a minimum, and allow the job to be completed as safely and efficiently as possible.

After all, you are the “Leader of the Pack”.

Bruce Davis Sr.

Licensed Journeyman Plumber
Licensed Electrician, HVAC/R
Electrical Administrator, HVAC/R
Certified WA State C.E.U. Instructor

Bruce Davis Sr is President of Day & Nite Plumbing & Heating, a 55-year old family owned and operated plumbing and heating business in Lynnwood, Washington. Contact Bruce at:  Bruce@dayandnite.net

Day & Nite Plumbing & Heating Inc.
16614 13th Ave. W.
Lynnwood, WA 98037
800-972-7000

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