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    Every dog I've had has been really close to me.

    They typically don't like me to leave them alone, and I've been thinking about getting a border collie which people say are quite clingy.

    So my question is, if I got a job at a FD, could I bring my dog to the station on my shift and just let it stay there?

    I'd prefer my dog not to start howling and disturbing my neighbors.

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    Depends on the department. And yes, it really is that simple. You have to know the rules, don't just show up with your dog and expect to be allowed to have it at the station.
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    • #3
      You have to consider how they're going to react when you leave on a call, regardless of department policy.

      Even if you crate them while you're gone, nobody is going to want to listen to a howling dog for the duration.

      And you won't be able to spend time chasing them around the station, trying to get them in the crate, either.

      If you run an ambulance, there are likely further considerations.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by tree68 View Post
        ...nobody is going to want to listen to a howling dog for the duration.
        Oh wow I didn't realise how selfish I sounded.

        I wouldn't want the guys dealing with the dog misbehaving, I could always train my dog to be quiet.

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        • #5
          Around here, the answer would almost always be "no".
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          • #6
            Originally posted by LaFireEducator View Post
            Around here, the answer would almost always be "no".
            Same here, there wouldn't be a chance of it happening. Even if it was allowed, you have the chance of personnel being allergic to dogs, the department's liability if the dog hurt someone (accidentally or otherwise), a dog smell lingering even after you leave, the dog getting underfoot when doing house chores or training...the list goes on and on...
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            • #7
              Although you might find a very rare department that would allow it, the vast majority would say, no.

              It would be a VERY rare department

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              • #8
                one where your daddy is the chief.

                Similar to bringing your kids to work with you & expecting them to hang while you work.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Buffalo Bill View Post
                  Oh wow I didn't realise how selfish I sounded.

                  I wouldn't want the guys dealing with the dog misbehaving, I could always train my dog to be quiet.
                  I wasn't ripping on you - just pointing out a worst case scenario.
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                  • #10
                    It happened at my station ONCE, and it was NOT well received. I particularly don't care for dogs, luckily I was off that day.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Buffalo Bill View Post


                      So my question is, if I got a job at a FD,.......
                      Looks to me like you've got more important things to be thinking about.

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                      • #12
                        My company would likely look at all the reasons already listed for not to, in addition they would see the dog as a distraction from duties/work.
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                        • #13
                          Around here, if you've been at the station for a few years and have proven yourself... hell, bring your horse, goat, dog, whatever. But as a new guy coming in, probably not the best idea to show up with a dog (or any other pet). Just my 2 cents, though.

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                          • #14
                            We are a small combination department and a few of us bring our dogs to work on occasion, The 1st thing to do is get the administrations permission. Then check with your shift mates. Next make proper arrangements at the station for the dog: bed so it is not on the furniture, place to secure it when leaving for calls, proper cleaning supplies, and such. Know what your schedule is and don't bring them on training days and such. My dog is still a puppy and I am training her to assist in the fire prevention programs. As long as you follow the correct steps and ensure the dog is not a nuisance in anyway it should not be a problem. If the dog starts creating problems or slowing your response then don't be offended when you are asked to not bring it anymore. Also if a new shift mate complains, don't take it personal. Not every one is a dog person.

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                            • #15
                              It might have to be an "Official Dog". The Los Angeles Fire Department years ago had an official fire dog program. He was assigned to an Engine in the North Valley. Forgot which one and I do not know if they still have that program. They did public relations and stuff. FWIW, we had at Engine 2 years ago a stray cat that we kinda adopted. Or did she adopt us? Dunno. Anyhow, the brass found out about her and she had to go. Good luck. HB of CJ (old coot) ex EN

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