I had two inspections on the same day that. The weird thing is that both were short sales, both were split levels and both had dogs.
The first house I arrived to was at 8 am. The buyers agent let me in and said the dog was in the garage since it was so cold out. He said the dog was friendly once he got to know you. I'm a dog owner and pretty good with dogs. When it was time to inspect the garage I opened the door to the garage. I then spent about 5 min trying to get the dog to stop barking and growling at me, but Charlie the dog was not having any part of me. Guess the garage was off limits for now. Once the buyer arrived and a friend of his I explained that if we couldn't get to the garage it couldn't be inspected. There was a attic access in there also. The guys went to work and managed to get the door to the back yard open and let the dog out. By now it was warmer and he seemed happy to be in his yard. At the end of it all everyone left me to lock up. On no I had to put Charlie back in.
The next house I went to had the seller was at home. The agent again left and the buyer was going to follow me on the inspection. The dog was growling at me and again I heard that the dog was nice once it got to know you. During the inspection the dog was constantly nudging the back of my legs. It was a herding dog and I guess it didn't like this stranger walking all over the house messing with everything. Towards the end of the inspection I felt a nip at the back of my ankle right above my shoe. Then the dog owner in me came out. In a firm voice I said "NO, you don't do that!!" The dog dropped it's head and then the seller called the dog. After a scolding by the owner the dog was restricted to the couch for the rest of the inspection.
Wow I was getting spoiled with these vacant houses I guess. Some inspectors charge more for old homes or crawl spaces. Maybe I should charge more for dogs.