Yes, your dog is lovable, but I’m already married!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Respect Realty LLC 200311024

I love dogs, let’s get that out of the way right away. I’ve owned many over my life and I know one day I will own another one. Probably an English Bull dog or a Basset Hound, I just think they have so much personality in their faces.

Dogs and home showings

But, when you are selling a home with a dog, there are some rules that you really need to follow. First warn me you have a dog. The second is have it caged because you just never know. Even the most friendly dog, if provoked, can and will bite. (Some of the greatest dogs in the world have never been around children)

But, when I come in to a house, I don’t want to have two paws on my shoulders and a tongue on my face. It may be cute, but I have clients with me and I don’t need dog hair on me and if it jumps on my client, who might be deathly afraid of dogs, then this showing is all over. Don’t get me started on the dogs that find me attractive enough to hump my leg throughout the showing.

So, your dog is loveable, but please remember I’m already married and I may not love your dog back when I’m trying to get my clients interested in your home.


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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Todd - Even if the dog is as cute as my new puppy?  Does the same hold true for pot belly pigs?

Present Puppy


Seriously, I agree with you.  There are many people who don't like dogs or are nervous around strange dogs, and it doesn't add to the homes ambience.

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Nov 26, 2010 12:18 PM #24
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Pig is in a kennel when ever someone comes to the house. Like you said, you never know.

Nov 26, 2010 12:23 PM #25
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Todd - A kennelled pig ;)  I love that image.  We have a kennel for our puppy, but he's not spending much time in it. Of course, our house isn't on the market.

Nov 26, 2010 12:39 PM #26
Melissa Katzenberger
Crist Collins Realty - Fayetteville, NC

I'm going to print this out and show it to my seller!!!  He has a very large dog (who is very mellow and sweet) but even after everything I've told him he STILL thinks it will be ok to leave him loose in the house during showings.  It just makes me want to facepalm!

Nov 26, 2010 01:11 PM #27
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I also love dogs but not all my clients do. I tell clients to not only take the pets with them but hide all signs of a pet. I've had clients leave right away when they've learned there's a pet in the house.

Nov 26, 2010 02:28 PM #28
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY
Hi Todd~ So how are you enjoying the pet pig as opposed to a dog? No dog should ever be present when a home is being shown. I have had too many clients refuse to look any further if a dog is loose in the house!
Nov 26, 2010 02:42 PM #29
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I recommend taking pets out.  Even in a cage... it makes for a hard sell.

Nov 26, 2010 02:54 PM #30
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Todd... I love dogs, but even I don't want them running around during showings.  Some buyers are very uneasy about dogs and a loose dog can be a deal killer if they are uncomfortable or overly distracted during the showing.

Nov 26, 2010 02:54 PM #31
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Todd ~ Wonderful post! I love dogs, but, if you want to sell your house... lets keep the people and dog safe.

Nov 26, 2010 03:37 PM #32
Phil & Celeste Pafford, Corona CA - Corona, CA
Corona Short Sale Broker

He He, our last clients loved their dogs like children... they even had pictures of their dogs that had past on on the living room walls.  They were really nice dogs, but luckily for us, they realized that dogs and clients don't always mix well.  ;-)

Nov 26, 2010 03:49 PM #33
Amber Boyd
Novus Real Estate - Wylie, TX

this is a great post ! keep them coming!

i look forward to seeing more posts to come!

Amber Bennett

Nov 26, 2010 03:59 PM #34
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Todd. Unfortunately some sellers do not realize how threatened their dog may feel towards a stranger entering their home. I have had a few close calls when I was with buyers.

Nov 26, 2010 04:15 PM #35
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Dogs are like's personal taste and why they have so many varieties because no two are alike and no one wants to be that familiar with yours as yours wants to be with them.  Seriously people also have allergies and other issues, and if they are afraid and/or looking over their shoulder, how much are they going to remember the house.  AND if they are not dog people you've just eliminated potential buyers.

Nov 26, 2010 06:01 PM #36
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass


I have had some clients who are very uneasy and actually afraid when there is a dog in the house.  The best thing a seller can do is to remove it when there is a showing. (I hate seeing animals in cages.)

Nov 26, 2010 11:39 PM #37
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Todd, great advice and I couldn't agree with you more!  Hence why I have our daughters little one staying w/us.  Cute but not everyone looking at your home is an animal lover and I've had clients choose NOT to buy a home only because there had been pets living there...  enough of a reason for me. 

Nov 27, 2010 12:33 AM #38
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Dog lovers can forget that there are many adults who are very afraid of dogs and that can bring the showing to a screetching halt.  One of my team members recently showed a home and a broken fence board in the back yard had the neighbor's large dog frantically running around trying to get back home so check the yards too before entering.

Nov 27, 2010 04:16 AM #39
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Hi Todd: the oinly visitor I had at an open house last SUnday was a pitbull! Ha! It was walking around the house with no collar and was barking and barking at me.... I was in my car....  listening to a favorite radio show.... When I reported to my owner that he was the only visitor, I was able to get the house reduced by $50,000 ... so that was a nice dog story! Best, Gay

Nov 27, 2010 07:46 AM #40
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Riley Rover likes to perch under everyone's feet when I have guests come over. He is a bug until he gets his place staked out among us.

Nov 28, 2010 12:29 AM #41
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Loved your saavy post...including the basset face staring back at me.   Once had one -- his name was Mr. Mort.

Nov 28, 2010 06:23 AM #42
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Todd, I always recommend that sellers take their pets with them (if at all possible) when the home is being shown. If not, they should be in kennels (dogs, cats and yes, even pigs!) :)


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