What to do in a situation like this? All dogs love me, usually. He was a collie who lives on a farm and he was obviously trying to herd me in and out of the house. It nipped a couple times and I was like, oh that’s strange she’s never done that. I shrugged it off, no owner around. Then after a few hours of in and out, I came to give the customer the check and she bit through my pants, ripped my pants and broke skin. A very small amount of blood. I was like “Woah, your dog bit me” and while the customer was definitely upset and concerned, I still shrugged it off more than I should have and we didn’t really revisit it. At the end she said she was sorry and blah blah blah and said something like, “I should buy to some new trousers, too I guess.” I kinda laughed and said “if you think so.” No tip, no offer or real resolution.
I clean this ladies windows and blinds 1-2 times per year and windows 4 times per year. She’s easily my most frequent customer. The last thing I want is to take legal action or bring drama into my life this time of year. Just way too much going on with work already, so what the hell do you do?
Thanks for the replies. That’s kind of what I figured, just move on. It was my initial reaction, anyhow. I know I can’t take action unless there is something to fight OVER, but I mentioned it to a couple industry friends and they freaked out like I should have done “something” or should have at least been offered money for new clothing.
And yes, I will request the dog be put outside.
Mostly just wondering what you all would have done, too.
A few years back i was cleaning windows for a customer and they had a dog which was nt bothered by me at all and seemed friendly.It all changed when i finished the back of the house,as i was leaving through the side entrance the dog came up behind and bit my leg for no reason.punctured skin and blood was drawn.All unprovoked.I obviously could nt avoid the attack as i had my back turned and carrying a ladder on my shoulder.The rules here are simple…if a dog bites and draws blood it can be put down.The customer did nt seem bothered or in anyway sorry for the incident.
Collies are herding dogs and intelligent so if it is an alpha dog then it sees the world differently and people don’t understand them fully. I would simply ask that the dog be secured while you are there, but also have some dog treats in your pocket for any time you see the dog. The owner should be addressing this issue with socialization training, but you say it is on a farm, so likely not much of that going on. With quality treats you have an opportunity to socialize the dog to benefit you.
AMMONIA OR VINEGAR TO THE FACE AND EYES IS ANIMAL CRUELTY!!!
(Just remember that if a pet owners draws down on you with a gun.)
I have a quarterly maintenance job I do and the customer inherited a Chihuahua from a deceased relative; it bites me every time but the other two larger dogs great me like an old friend. The customer or the house cleaner puts the little ankle bitter away when I am there.
Per capita, Florida isn’t the worst for gun deaths. Not surprisingly the more populated an area the more homicides, rapes, robberies, and general violence. Solution is to not get all bunched up in an area! lol
Apparently dogs are not the only creature that needs to be socialized. Maybe next time someone attacks, give them a Girl Scout cookie…lol…Behavior modification you know? Here man, have a Do-Si-Do, chill.
Jarred, maybe next time try playing with the dog when you get there for a few minutes. A Collie is way different than a Chihuahua - they are just snippy little dogs. I’ll be trying to win that little crapper over in subsequent visits. :-/