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While spring is the busiest time of the year for Hower migratory bird specialists, they do have several clients who use their services year around for geese that do not migrate.

Much like K 9 police dogs, the company dogs live with their handlers. They are purchased young from breeders in Ohio because they are good listeners.

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"They K 9 patrol for geese," said Gayle Bartosh, an employee at St. John Medical Center in Westlake who walks the path in the mornings.

"The public is so thankful to be able to use the clean soccer fields and walk down the park paths without dodging goose droppings," said Diane Corrao, director of Avon parks and recreation.

´╗┐Avenbury Lakes use Ohio Geese Control's dogs to help herd fowl out of way

Jeff Hower, owner of Ohio Geese Control, said his company mission is to safely, effectively and humanely manage geese populations.

As the goose population in urban areas grows, so does the quantity of their droppings. One goose produces one to two pounds of droppings a day.

"The geese hate to see Joff, but people visiting the park love to see him at work. He is graceful, fast and he loves his job," said Becky Lee, a migratory bird specialist for Ohio Geese Control.

Handlers, with their dogs in tow, travel to service their client properties two to three times a day, seven days a week, keeping mating pairs from building nests and laying eggs.

One of the popular canine workers on the OGC team is Joff.

After working with border collies as a golf course superintendent, Hower purchased Nick, a border collie, from the course to start his own business in 2006.

Border collies have an inherent nature to herd, making them the perfect dogs for the job. This innate ability, when coupled with whistles and verbal commands, reinforces their usefulness.

The droppings can carry diseases and affect the water quality of ponds and streams not to mention presenting a slippery mess for humans in the area.

During nesting, geese become violent toward humans because they are protecting their eggs. Each goose can lay six to 10 eggs each year, and they have a 20 year life span.

Ohio Geese Control services corporate facilities, hospitals, public parks, communities, Canada Goose Thompson Jacket Sale Ireland airports, marinas and golf courses in Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Sandusky and Toledo.

In the distance, the frantic honk honk honk can be heard as the Canada goose warns the others there is a predator in their midst. There is no predator, but the black and white border collies used by Ohio Geese Control, a Rocky River based company, keep the geese moving as effectively as wolves.

In addition to multiple sweeps to harass the birds, OGC uses remote control speedboats to keep the birds out of the water.