WANT TO OWN A WOLF-HYBRID?? Please pen the dog when I'm showing your home for sale.

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Real Estate Agent with Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate 303829;0225082372

So You Want To Own A Wolf-Hybrid??

Question:  Do you take home buyers into a home for sale with lose dogs in the property and the owner isn't present?

Answer:  NO!  The liability is very high and real estate agents/brokers must always consider risk.

 

Then expect your insurance rates to go UP! 

Inspired by Kristin Hamilton in her thoughtful article, Insurance Companies Not Issuing Policies based on Dog Breed you Own

GEEZ!  What did you expect?? 

You can take the dog out of the wild, but you can take the wild out of the wolf.

Why do so many folks believe that dogs think "just like humans"???

I love dogs and in the past have bred/shown German Shepherds, owned and hunted with Beagles.   My children have owned pet rabbits, cats, dogs, hamsters, etc.  However, I live in the real world and when that large dog starts to circle the guy reading the electric meter with his hackles up, I know that the dog needs to be removed.  Better yet, if you are expecting strangers on your property, pen the dog

THAT ALSO MEANS REAL ESTATE AGENTS SHOWING YOUR HOME FOR SALE!!

Just so you know - I do not take home buyers into or on properties where there are loose dogs.  There isn't enough liability insurance available for potential damages.

Last week I previewed a home for sale in Loudoun County.   The owner had their dog penned in the MASTER BATHROOM. The barking never ended the entire time I was in the house.  Did the owner/seller seriously believe that a person would buy a $700,000 range home without seeing the MASTER BATHROOM??  Good grief!  The basement was finished and there was a bathroom there.  Why not pen the dog in the basement bath??  Who knows??

Put yourself in the dog's foot pads. 

Dog lives in house.
Dog senses stranger entering house where dog lives.
Dog barks loudly and incessantly.
Dog takes stand in the foyer.
Stranger continues into house.
DOG BITES STRANGER!!

Hey folks.  Don't blame the dog.  The dog is JUST DOING HIS JOB!!

 



                                      

Welcome??

 

"I'd love to see the inside Honey, but that bark sounds like it's coming from a large dog. 
I'm not taking the children in.  The agent didn't say there was a dog"

Courtesy, Lenn Harley, Broker, Homefinders.com, 800-711-7988.  Serving home buyers in Loudoun County VA.

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  1. Mike Jaquish 03/04/2013 10:42 PM
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Rainmaker
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
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I own a dog like that--protective, not part wolf. When someone comes into the house, I personally introduce that person. It's the job of this dog to protect me. I live in an area surrounded by forest so it and two others are my early warning systems So how dumb would it be of me to let strangers come in by themselves?
Mar 05, 2013 11:55 PM #45
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Terry.  I don't care how many times the owner or their agent can claim the dog is very friendly, it's a risk I don't want buyers to take.

Becky.  That may limit your ability to make the home available but it's your home.

Pat and Wayne.  What memories.  I very much enjoyed working with the dogs.  I gave them "basic training" but it was the AF person who determined if they were a good candidate.  I never had a dog, all German Shepherds, some show conformation quality, good temperment and wonderful pets.  I'm sure they made good soldiers.

Mike.  Good for you.

Kimo.  I figured out long ago that the home owner was more interested in the "image" of having a friendly dog than any interest in the comfort level of buyers or agents. 

Rich.  Indeed.  A home owner's comfort level is important.

Dale.  I would want to scream. 

Hella.  BINGO!  I don't know what motivates folks to take risks with buyers or agents.

Mar 06, 2013 12:24 AM #46
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Elise Harron
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WOW - I am a animal lover thru and thru - but I would NEVER bring a client into a home with a dog loose in it!  I appreciate that my current listings put thier animals in thier car and go for a drive when showing the home, incessant barking does not present a good Chi!  One hides her cat's in the van parked in the garage - you would never know they were there, but I think it is best for the cats and the clients!

Mar 06, 2013 12:37 AM #47
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Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D.
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Better yet...doggie day care.

Mar 06, 2013 01:33 AM #48
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"I am a animal lover thru and thru - but I would NEVER
bring a client into a home with a dog loose in it!"

Elise.  My feelings precisely.

Tni.  That doesn't work because it seriously reduces accessibility to the home for sale.  Getting the dog to day care may reduce the showing times.

Accessibility is the reason many homes sit, sit and then sit some more.


Mar 06, 2013 01:40 AM #49
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Judy Orr
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I showed a home with a beautiful German Shepherd that didn't want to let us in.  Owner didn't apologize, said hold on, I'll take the dog out back.  We went through the home and it was time to view the back yard, figuring the dog was leashed.  NOT!  As the owner sat in her lawn chair reading a paper, this large dog charges my 2 buyers and me.  The husband pushed his wife and I back into the garage and was ready to take the attack.  The owner got her dog verbally under control seconds before he lunged (he was already charging).  

Why would this owner take such a chance when showing her home?  The first thing I thought about (after we stopped shaking), was this owner's home owners insurance.  Needless to say, none of us can remember that home, only the dog.

Mar 06, 2013 02:18 AM #50
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And on the other side of the coin - if the dogs are friendly and the buyers are "dog people" they're apt to pay more attention to the dogs than the house.

Either way you look at it, it's best to take your dogs along when you leave the house for a showing.

Mar 06, 2013 02:21 AM #51
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Joetta Fort
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Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

Marte brings up a good point too.  I once showed a house where a sweet, larger dog was crated in the master bedroom, locked up in blazing hot sunlight streaming in through the window.  He was panting and his water bowl was empty.  My clients - dog lovers - were horrified and would have nothing to do with buying a house from such a person.  I closed the curtains and called the agent to ask her clients to get home and give the poor baby some water.

Mar 06, 2013 02:49 AM #52
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Judy.  It's always been a puzzlement to me.  I believe that they are showing off the dog.  Like they are the only ones who own one.

Marte.  Not worth the risk. 

Mar 06, 2013 02:50 AM #53
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Joetta.  Another example of why sellers have to pay attention.

Mar 06, 2013 03:17 AM #54
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LOL! Great post. Lot's of good ole common sense here.

Mar 06, 2013 04:05 AM #55
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Mike Schneider
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23 yrs in real estate and i was attacked for the first time, this year!

I was entering the home with the owner....she said, oh by the way, i have a dog....Oh, what kind? I asked...

Dont worry, he'll lick you to death !

I didnt make it in the front door....once fido saw me...he attacked me! outside the house. I was bitten 3x in the hand and i was able to restrain him by the collar....he was a Norwegian Elkhound....strong as an Ox,,,but my addrenalin turned me into superman and i was able to defend myself....i actually was able to punch the dog in the mouth and kicked his ribs,.....i had a terrible nite for sleeping...and Im sure he had a few bruises as well....

It took me a few months to heal (mentally) for I instantly "feared" dogs from then on....i refused to go near a property with a dog...Keep in mind...I had dogs all my life from poodles to Great Danes....never bothered me..now to this day...i dont trust any of them....and refuse to show a property unless"fido" is caged or removed.   Best Wishes.....

Mar 06, 2013 04:30 AM #56
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John Dotson
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Owners with houses for sale with pets should constrain their pet no matter how well-behaved they think it is.  Houses would show better and no one would be surprised.

Mar 06, 2013 04:47 AM #57
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John.  INdeed.  Good comments.

Mike.  Your experience could easily have been a home buyer attacked.  The lawyers would love it.  They'd make a claim against the owner and you.

You were bitten and then traumatized.

Good lesson for all agents to read.

John D.  Indeed.  I don't understand expecting perfect strangers to enter a property with a "guard" dog on the premises.

Mar 06, 2013 04:52 AM #58
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Sharon Parisi
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Lenn, here is my true dog story.  This dog definitely needed to be penned or removed! http://activerain.com/blogsview/2279683/-friendly-dog-in-yard-really-

Mar 06, 2013 01:03 PM #59
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Sharon.  I read it.  Thanks for sharing.  What an experience.  Good thing there wasn't a child with you.

Mar 06, 2013 06:53 PM #60
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You are so right. I'm a huge animal lover and don't fear them. But you never know how even a domesticated, friendly animal might respond when strangers come through the door. Better be safe than sorry.

Mar 06, 2013 08:34 PM #61
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Nina.  Indeed.  If dogs NEVER bit strangers, things would be different.

Mar 07, 2013 12:49 AM #62
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Lenn-I have been lucky I guess. Until reading your post and comments, I've not consider the dogs I come into contact as being the risks, but obviously they can be.

Mar 23, 2013 02:46 PM #63
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Wayne.  I'm surprised.  Perhaps you are the "alpha" and the dogs know it.

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