This probably could have gone in rant, but it's not really a rant so much as an annoyance.
Okay, so you know that I do home installations for work. Which means as soon as I knock on the front door, there's 4 dogs waiting to kill me.
Naturally, all the dogs want to come and start sniffing my kibble and bits. I kind of nudge them away with my knee or push their head away with my
hands. I am gentle and I don't think I come off as especially angry, but perhaps a bit annoyed.
The customers usually seem put off by this. In fact, a couple have seemed offended. I recall some who have snidely commented like, "Put the dog away
The first thing I do is confirm that the work order is correct, and then walk-through with the homeowner to make a plan of action.
It's kind of hard to achieve this when the dogs are barking like loony tunes and growling, and curious about my pants region. There have been a few
where I asked the customer to restrain their dog or I would have to cancel the job. Some dogs have bolted straight at me and had to literally be held
back by the whole family.
It's not that I 'hate' dogs. But this doesn't exactly help turn me into a dog lover either.
How can I react to customer's dogs without annoying them or offending them?
I don't want them obstructing or distracting me when I work, and I don't want their faces buried in my crotch the second I come in the door. And I
don't want to have to make a threat to cancel the job either--no matter how tactful, it still comes off as rude I think.
Ugh. Any advice?
On the other hand, it's funny that a couple of people have offered to put their cat away when it was just harmlessly napping in the corner or
edit on 11-9-2016 by NarcolepticBuddha because: (no reason given)