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Old 12-29-2007, 04:03 PM
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Will you be adding this service next year to your business? Can you imagine 4 employees doing this service alone! It sounds like a great money generator.

A concierge for all seasons - Few tasks are more nasty than cleaning dog poop off your backyard after melting snow reveals the mounds. "It's a huge gross-out factor. I have guys who can't look at the stuff," says James Beagle. Landscapers he used to work for would refuse to cut the grass until the dog poo was removed. Bingo: Super Scoopers was born. His company now offers anything from a single clean-up ($30 minimum) to a weekly service, picking up the waste and disposing of it at sewage treatment plants. Dog doo-doo used to be a sideline to Mr. Beagle's landscaping business but now it alone supports up to four employees in the summer - and there are 10 rival services in the GTA. I marvel at having a regular service scooping up after your pet, but Mr. Beagle (yes, that's his real name) suggests it's all about disposable income looking for a place to be disposed. "People think, my backyard is my sanctuary and I don't want to spend my time looking for dog poop," he says. "We can afford it. People are lazy by nature, so if you make it easy for them, they're going to buy from you."
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There was a NEWS broadcast on one of these kind of co's last summer here in Cincinnati they were called The Doggie-doo Getters. I thought it was funny name but after seeing how much people had responded to the news cast on it I was very suprised. Havnt heard much about them since but I guess it could raise so DOOO.
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What's your view on this why you would like to add this service or why you wouldnt?
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Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Dec. 30 2007,12:39)]What's your view on this why you would like to add this service or why you wouldnt?
I wouldn't like to add this because I have a 90# Lab pup that drops bombs in my own yard that I clean up after and I wouldn't want to clean up after someone elses dog or pet. It is being a responsable pet owners duties.

We should charge for it everytime we have to clean the crap off the mowers after we mow though. That part bothers me but I guess it comes with the job.
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So even if your customers would pay for the service, it just isn't worth it?

Does this service get away from the service of lawn care?
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I just replied to a Craigslist ad, where someone was requesting these services. I'm willing to give it a try.
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We are going to offer pet waste removal and disposal as a new service this year.

Since we are planning to market to pet owners it just makes good sense to offer this service.

I will have to update you later on how it goes
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Quote[/b] (tjgray @ Dec. 31 2007,12:57)]We are going to offer pet waste removal and disposal as a new service this year.

Since we are planning to market to pet owners it just makes good sense to offer this service.

I will have to update you later on how it goes
you could also offer:

1. feeding there pets, when they are on vacation -fee

2. bringing there dog/cat to the vet-fee

3. dog waste- fee

4. dogsitting there pets- fee

5. playing / walking with pets- fee

just some of my ideas
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How will you be marketing these ideas?
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Quote[/b] ]So even if your customers would pay for the service, it just isn't worth it?
I do this for one customer and I hate it. Its gross and a pain in the a**. I don't mind picking up after my own dog but they have all these little dogs and they must feed their dogs human food all the time so makes the dog waste even worse. Its gross and I hate going there. It takes longer than I thought it would.
I won't do it for anyone else. Just mow over it. They don't care then niether do I.
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