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Which dog on site.

I am looking at getting a dog soon to come with me to work Landscape Gardening on small projects in client’s gardens self employed. I have my heart set on a German Shepard however I have heard they need a lot of mental stimulation. I am not worried about it getting the workout it needs physically but I am worried about it becoming bored and getting into trouble and generally being a distracting nuisance as I’m trying to focus. I’d rather not leave it in the car as I want it to be part of the face of the business and I want it to be getting a good run around. 

 

Does anyone have any experience with German Shepard’s at work or other breeds and tips on how to make sure your dog is a help not a hinderance? 

Josh. 

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    German Shepard’s are a good farm dog I always thought but maybe a bit bouncy when young for coming to work in peoples gardens (not that many are going to be chilled as puppies) makes me think of “Rex” a German Shepard we had on the farm when I was about 5. Lovely dog he was.

    what about a Labrador?

    • It would stay in the truck with water, windows open and reflector screens on the windows with regular checks. But speaking to guys I know with dogs they’ve only come across a few clients who have objected to their dogs. I like labradors and I could use one for pheasant shoots but everyone has one and I’d like a medium/large size dog that isn’t an obvious choice. Also it would be the first dog I’ve owned so a lab would be good for that but a GS would be a challenge maybe. 

      • Can't understand why you'd even contemplate this? The poor dog isn't going to be enjoying itself stuck in a van all day.... to me, it sounds rather cruel + it would definitely be a distraction to me if I had to to keep checking it's ok. What are you going to do if it isn't ok?  Take it back home?  If I employed someone to do some work, I certainly wouldn't be too impressed if they turned up with a dog.  Just get yourself a nice cat............ you can leave them quite happily at home enjoying themselves while you get on with your work :)

         

        •  I couldn't agree more, Graham.

           

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        You can't leave a dog in the van as a regular thing.....its cruel.

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    What will you do when you are working for customers who don't want a dog in their garden (and there will be a few)? It is often too hot to leave a dog in a van. 

    I have a Staffie who loves coming to work but in reality he stays at home more often than not for various practical reasons, the main one being you just can't keep an eye on your dog all the time and do the work.

  • I have a working cocker spaniel that comes to work with me every day, you can't really leave a dog in the van, with Daisy if I'm out of the van and in the garden then she is as well. When I decided to get Daisy I made the decision that we are a team and if a client didn't want part of that team in their garden then they would have to find another gardener. I say go for it, good luck...

  • Breed isn't relavant.  Dogs are individuals not breeds but a lot of people are nervous of GSDs.  I am taking a pup with me every day but he stays in the car.  I am not out for more than 8 hours max & I give him a good walk before we go out & during the day.  A dog is a huge commitment & needs to be part of your family.

    I won't take mine with me once he is old enough to stay at home with my other dog.  There are thousands of dogs that need good homes. I got mine from a rescue as I would never buy a dog.

    Remember that you won't be able to go in a shop etc during the day. In any sun you can't leave a dog in a vehicle even with the windows open.

  • Mmmm, not sure about taking a dog to work, especially a big dog. Put it this way, having a dog on site would definately not gain you customers but would surely put some off.

    • Commercially possibly not... I have gained clients when they have seen me with Daisy in a garden and have come over to say hello to her and have then continued onto "we are in need of a gardener" etc. I guess it all depends on the client base your after.

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