Frequently Asked Questions
- Who Are You? My name is Robert Perry. I am a 32 year, now retired United States Navy Commander who has also been training Border Collies for 30 years.
- Where Are you located? I am located in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
- How far will you travel? All of Rhode Island, Southern Mass, and South Eastern Conn.
- When do you train your dogs? Everyday.
- What exactly do you mean by your dog giving the "eye"? Well take a look at this: The Collie Walk (and the "EYE")
- How much does this cost? Take another look on How the Goose Chaser Works and look at all the different factors that have to be considered. I look at that and will give you a fair and honest estimate in writing. It would not be fair to just give you a wild guesstimate over the phone or without looking at the surroundings. But to be fair it can be expensive for a single homeowner. Show me your property, your problem, and tell me how much you want to alleviate the geese and the mess. Remember it doesn't cost anything to have a demonstration.
- You will come everyday initially? Yes, unless it there is a torrential downpour, absolutely miserable day or blizzard looming. Also, I need to watch out for icing conditions or any environment in which the dogs may be injured.
- You recommend a two month contract. Why? Well it will probably take that long to rid the geese permanently. Although in some cases it has taken less than that. The geese get so annoyed at being stalked and chased that they find new grounds and grass to invade and it's not your property. I will certainty advise you on the status of the geese population. One summer in clearing of seven properties I was able to completely rid the geese from five and significantly reduce the populations on the other two properties. The two properties that were reduced had fairly large bodies of water on or near the properties.
- Well can't I use any dog or my dog? You can if you think the dog is up to it. Just a slight word of caution. There is a Federal Law against the killing and maiming of Canada Geese.
- Federal Law Protecting Geese? The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (MBTA), codified at 16 U.S.C. §§ 703–712is a United States federal law, at first enacted in 1916 in order to implement the convention for the protection of migratory birds between the United Statesand Great Britain (acting on behalf of Canada). The statute makes it unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill or sell birds listed therein ("migratory birds"). The statute does not discriminate between live or dead birds and also grants full protection to any bird parts including feathers, eggs and nests. Penalties include: subject to a fine of up to $500, jail up to six months, or both. Anyone who knowingly takes a migratory bird and intends to, offers to, or actually sells or barters the bird is guilty of a felony, with fines up to $2,000, jail up to two years, or both. All guns, traps, nets, vessels, vehicles and other equipment used in pursuing, hunting, taking, trapping, ensnaring, capturing, killing, or any attempt on a migratory bird in violation of the Act. with the intent to sell or barter, must be forfeited to the U.S. and may be seized and held pending prosecution of the violator.