Frequently Asked Questions

How often does Tri-State Geese Patrol visit the site?

Frequency of visits ranges anywhere from zero to four random visits a day. This is based on the prevailing environmental and/or biological events relevant to the Canada geese. Be wary of services that provide the same number of visits each day throughout the year.

How long before I see results?

Once a program is started you will notice an obvious difference in two to three days. You will notice behavioral and pattern changes in the geese within 7 to 14 days.

Do the geese return?

Resident (non-migratory) flocks will occasionally test the availability of previously established grazing and water areas. In addition, migrant flocks may attempt to occupy managed sites unaware of the abatement programs.

Is this a long-term solution?

Yes. Any and all abatement efforts should be considered as maintenance programs. Although results occur early in the program it is not a quick fix and should be viewed as an investment in preventative maintenance.

What happens if the geese are on the water?

Our Border Collies are trained to enter the water and attempt to gather (herd) the geese. This pressure causes the geese to fly away.

What if the goose is injured and cannot fly away?

If the injured bird does not inhibit the abatement program and does not require veterinary care, it and its mate are allowed to remain. Otherwise, the appropriate wildlife control officer can be contacted. Regardless, the dogs are trained not to harm the geese in any way.

What are other Canada goose abatement techniques?

Goose Repellents : Repellents may be an environmentally safe repellent to be used in selected turf areas.

Habitat Modification : The removal and /or addition of landscape components that make sites undesirable to Canada geese.

Egg Addling (oiling) : Implementing a variety of possible techniques that disrupt the development of the egg embryo. * REQUIRES A FEDERAL PERMIT AND IS STRICTLY REGULATED AT THIS TIME*

Are Tri-State Geese Patrol’s dog handler experienced?

Yes. Handler training is of utmost importance to us and is therefore an ongoing endeavor with each employee. Tri-State Geese Patrol’s Border Collie handlers receive extensive one-on-one training with an experienced handler prior to entering the workplace. In addition, they are educated in the behavior and biology of the Canada goose so that they may be fully effective in an abatement program.

What is partnering?

Partnering is the process of carefully pairing a trained dog with a suitable handler. It is imperative that a strong bond be developed between the handler and his/her Border Collie to ensure a trustful relationship. The resulting partnership is a crucial asset to the successful abatement program.

How many hours a day do the dogs work?

It varies. During the busiest of times the dogs obviously work longer hours. However, may breaks throughout the day and frequent rotation keep the dogs refreshed and healthy.