Comments on Dog Bite Prevention Training Helps Meter Readers

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Meter Reader   Anywhere, VA

9/15/2010 7:02:06 PM

Mr. Hernandez, your video possibly saved one of my employees' life. I run a meter reading contract and our safety coordinator found your video. I had all my readers watch it. About two weeks ago I had a meter reader walk around the corner of a house with no fence who was ambushed by a pit bull. She remembered not to jerk her arm away and because the pit bull jumped her and knocked her to the ground she had the presence of mind to keep her arm close to her body, get on top of the dog and use her free hand to grab the dog's windpipe and squeeze. The owner was only able to pry the dog off of her and free her arm when the dog finally gasped for air.

I thank you very much for providing that video free of charge. I'm sure you've helped save several lives by providing that video that way. My reader ended up with a bruise on her left ribcage and a fairly serious bite on her right arm that required twelve stitches to close. It could have been much worse if she had not remembered her

To the people in the comments section, David from Arkansas is completely right. When you sign up for that service (water, gas, etc.) you are allowing employees of that utility entry into your yard. It's called right of way and amounts to a temporary easement of your property rights. If you do not want to bring your dog inside, and I've had people flat out refuse to do that, you will have to live with your meter not being read and your bills being estimated. I am not going to risk the safety of one of my employees nor will I have any hesitation about backing their actions if they injure your dog while defending themselves regardless of if they are attacked in your yard or not.

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Hector Hernandez   Haslett, MI

1/18/2010 4:12:15 PM

My website has a free 20 minute video on Preparing Yourself for Dog Encounters.

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David   Harrison, AR

7/19/2009 12:20:51 PM

Home owners must be educated that the meter is the utility providers property and that by signing on to recieve that utility they provide that utility provider the right to access that meter at any time, dog or no dog, owners permission or not. If they don't want a reader in their yard they can opt to provide that utility for themselves. i.e. provide your own electricity or gas, etc. If that isn't an option for the owner they need to provide a clear path to the meter so that the reader doesn't have to deal with their dog(s).

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CJ   Kenosha, WI

6/4/2009 1:34:20 AM

Meter readers should have a propery owners permission before going into your yard.Dogs are protecting their territory when a stranger is on the property.

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Paul   Arlington Heights, IL

8/12/2008 9:53:11 AM

I live in the Chicago Suburbs and my dogs were allowed to escape when a meter reader left my gate open 10 years ago. In the past 10 years I have contacted ComEd repeatedly tellimg them not to enter my yard unescorted, I have posted the fenceline with this information and locked and chained my gate. Yet they still climb my fence and read my meter. Furthermore I caught and confronted a meter reader from ComEd this past spring who pried open a locked gate and left it open while he walked to the back of my house, he was not carrying an umbrella and he left an open gate out of his sight while my dog was in the yard. At least some of ComEd's meter readers are completely irresponsible putting home and dog owners at risk.

How should a dog respond to being sprayed by a stranger on his own property?


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Mike   San Antonio, TX

2/25/2008 7:57:02 AM

Can you tell me who the experts in the field were that Coned used, I am interested in getting more information on this for possible use at our utility

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Lea^   Vancouver, WA

7/13/2007 1:12:54 PM

I am excited to hear about the provided training and protection of your meter
Employees in all areas of life need to feel important. They will give back to you
Way to GO!

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