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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
Question of the Week
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Wed, 07-10-2013 - 10:29am

What do your dogs do, and what do you do with your dogs, when you have repair people at your house?

I have a plumber doing repairs in both bathrooms today, and the outside temperature is supposed to be 102.  Plus, the yard people come on Wednesday mornings.  Can't put the dogs outside.  Obviously can't confine them to the bathroom.  Garage is too hot.  Anya is being good, but I have confined the two boys to the spare bedroom.  Hoping they don't destroy the paint on the door, trying to get out.

Avatar for terreinarkansas
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Registered: 10-05-2000
Wed, 07-10-2013 - 10:55am

It depends on the repairman. If it's plumbing I put Jack and Taz in one of the bedrooms with the door closed. Other times, I let them loose in the house and they sniff the guy and then leave him alone. It all depends on the service.

When the gardener is here I don't let them outside. If they absolutely have to go the bathroom I go out with them and watch them because the barn door is open and there's rat poison out there....so I let them do their business and inside they go until the gardner is done.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-27-2000
Wed, 07-10-2013 - 11:40am

Must be the season for pipes to back up.  I had my plumber here this morning, too.  Brownie went ballistic, as she is protective and also seem to be afraid and untrusting of men.  I kenneled her and we had a good lesson in the word "quiet" with the help of the water spray bottle.  Comet barks when Brownie barks, but otherwise loves to see people.  He thinks everyone wants to greet him.

Barbara

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Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 07-10-2013 - 1:41pm

It depends...the last time we had someone in doing work Cleo was fine with them; so I just left her to hang out on her bed.  I just watch to make sure where she is if anyone is going in and out.  If I have someone here, like the exterminator, I let do the outside first, then let Cleo out and have him spray the inside.

Laura
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Registered: 11-01-1999
Wed, 07-10-2013 - 1:54pm

My guys are friendly enough, but curious.  They think the technician is here to see them.  They are big-time in the way.

No pipes backed up.  Two toilets that have been running on their own for some time, now, plus two dripping faucets.

We are in a drought, and the water department is constantly reminding us to repair leaks and conserve water.  Do you know how many water bills I could have paid with the money I just paid the plumber?????

But I had one toilet turned off at the wall, not being used, and then the other started awakening me at night with its phantom flush.  The cat is going to miss the tub faucet drip, though. 

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Thu, 07-11-2013 - 9:17am

Oh Gaye....I was reacing more about the drought in Texas just yesterday....this is just horrible.

I always "cringe" when I think I have to call a plumber....I know how high-priced they are.  Luckily the last time I thought I needed a plumber's intervention it turned out that I just needed to clean the faucet screens...and I was able to do that on my own.  If I had called a plumber for just that I would have been really annoyed....

Laura
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-27-2000
Thu, 07-11-2013 - 9:10pm

Well, I'll be...  The lawn guy showed up a little while ago, and Brownie watched him quietly for a while.  I guess he needed to put some gas in the mower, because he turned it off and then she started alarm barking.  Comet joined her.  I pointed at her and said "QUIET!" and she sat immediately and stopped barking.  She didn't make a peep until he ran that big thing in front of the living room window, and it was just too much for her.  She quieted right down again on command.  If you haven't trained with a water bottle yet, give it a try!

Barbara

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Avatar for donnaldy59
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Registered: 11-19-2001
Tue, 07-16-2013 - 7:28am

Hi Gaye - better late than never....  First of all, I have a home warranty through Fidelity and it's worth the cost to me for peace of mind.  Just one big repair like to the A/C and it pays for itself.

I don't do anything with Dante.  I hold his collar when I answer the door and Dante gets all excited to see someone new but then he runs to his bed and lies down - end of story.  When I had Emmy, that was another story - she wasn't always that friendly to strangers and she barked her head off!  I usually locked her outside or in a bedroom.