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

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.

Todd Clark (Broker/Owner)
The Friendly Home Team
Realty Pro, Oregon LLC
Phone: (503)524-9494
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Comment balloon 41 commentsRespect Realty LLC • November 26 2010 11:00AM


Todd, what great advice.  Just because you love your dog, doesn't mean I will or that my clients will.  In fact, many of my clients are often afraid of dogs or cats, some are even allergic andnot disclosing that there are animals in the home can be the cause of a loss of  a sale.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) over 7 years ago

funny & so true :)  There have been a few times where I got to a showing & no one was home but "Fido" & there was no mention of "Fido" in the mls.  So sad that I just leave my card in the door & move on :(  Nice post

Posted by Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California (At Home Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago


Great post; As the saying goes; dog love is blind... to the owners.


Posted by Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain (Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain) over 7 years ago

So true! I am a pet lover, but that doesn't mean that EVERYONE else is! :O)

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) over 7 years ago

This is advice to be heeded Todd and while I love animals too, I get nervous around large dogs, especially when children are present. Cats should be kenneled too, they present potential problems too!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (PK Real Estate Utah South) over 7 years ago

Never thought about cats but there certainly are those that try to get out and if someone is allergic to them it certainly should be mentioned in the listing. 

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 7 years ago

This is such good advice.   Now to stop the buyers from loving on people's dogs.  I am waiting for the lawsuit from the bite.

One of our current clients has 6 dogs and her first stop at each house is to pet the dog in the back yard (even when we suggest not a good idea).  Well, we were being shown a home by the owner and she has a sign that said do not enter garage -- large dog.  The wife asked the breed (Presa Canario)  and and the seller told her to which the Buyers wife said "oh, that's fine.  We won't go in the garage."  The buyers husband opened the garage door & the dog tried to rush in.  The husband knelt down & let the dog start licking his face.  This dog was so big, the owner could not hardly contain him to get him back in the garage. AND talk about a fierce looking powerful dog.    I love dogs and it scared me.


Posted by Faye Y. Taylor, Homes for Sale Floresville, La Vernia & San Antoni (StepStone Realty, LLC ) over 7 years ago

You never know how a strange dog will react. Even the sweetest dogs sometimes have a negative reaction to some people. I spend a lot of time counseling my dog-loving clients about this and formulating showing plans.

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) over 7 years ago

My poor kids have been roped into taking so many of our clients' dogs for walks when there have been showings scheduled and no other way to deal with the canine. As a Buyer's Agent I won't go into a house if there is a dog on the loose, even when the buyer claims they are OK with it. Too much risk.

Posted by Pat, Ben and Martin Mullikin (M3 Realty) over 7 years ago

Absolutely!  Preaching to the choir here.  Please remove your dog(s).  Only exception, if you can fully restrain them and you have never in your natural life heard them utter an audible sound.  Even then please give the agent a heads up!

Posted by Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879 (Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795) over 7 years ago

Very creative way to provide instruction for homeowners selling their homes. Great job Todd.


Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) over 7 years ago

Todd, the buyers sent you in first to distract the dog, have the dog 'greet your knee cap' in that special way.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 7 years ago

I had a buyer once who was so scared of dogs that she wouldn't enter a home with one even in the yard or in a cage.  I had the perfect house for her, the owners did not remove the dogs, just put them in the back yard - we walked in the house, the buyer saw them jumping on the back sliding door and screamed, then actually ran back to the car.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 7 years ago

The same could be said for any pet that may cause an unexpected response from the pet, the agent, or potential buyers. Listing agents and sellers should always consider the home from a potential buyer's point of view.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 7 years ago

I tell sellers first I have a shepard mix (shelter rescue) so they know I love animals, and what will follow is not arbitrary anti-pet; then talk about "allergies", because OF COURSE their beloved Spot/Fluffy would never ACT badly...but, well, fur happens! Good topic, thanks!

Posted by Marie Graham, Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager (Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY) over 7 years ago

I had one client with an out of control cat.  He would sit on the stairs and growl at people who tried to go up the stairs. 

We should make alternative living or daycare arrangements for our fur babies when we try to sell our house!

Posted by Renée Donohue, Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - (Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate) over 7 years ago

Todd, there is nothing that makes you feel more like a profesional than to have some dog come over and start humping your leg or stick its nose in your crotch :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 7 years ago

Tod, my sister is a professional Dog Groomer with her own business in our community, so when I show houses I know which ones are her clients b/c I see her magnets and Christmas Toy's she gives to her dog customers, also the bandanna around the dogs neck is a dead give a way!!!

We LOVE our four legged friends but that doesn't mean everyone will... use common sense when your home is going to be shown!!!!!!!!!!!!!


"We choose to give"

Posted by Karol Yeager, "We choose to give" (REALTY FIVE of Defiance) over 7 years ago


Great & funny post! This is SO true! I'm a HUGE animal lover, but many people are not, or, as you pointed out, are afraid of dogs. Especially in this makret, you just don't want to give a buyer any reason to feel negatively about your home.

Hope you had a great Turkey Day!


Posted by Momentum Realty, Orange County CA Real Estate Agent (North Orange County CA Real Estate Specialists) over 7 years ago

I hate walking into a listing and realizing a dog is there... as it is bounding across the floor at me.

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) over 7 years ago

Todd, what a great Post, that was a great chuckle,,, You are so right I have not yet had a dog do my leg, I guess I am not attractive enough...

Posted by Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team, - SOLD IS OUR FAVORITE 4 LETTER WORD - (Ken's Home Team LLC.) over 7 years ago

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.

Orange County homes

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 7 years ago

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

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 7 years ago

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.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 7 years ago

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!

Posted by Melissa Katzenberger (Crist Collins Realty) over 7 years ago

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.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 7 years ago
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!
Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 7 years ago

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

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 7 years ago

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.

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 7 years ago

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

Posted by Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD (Frankly Real Estate Inc.) over 7 years ago

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.  ;-)

Posted by Phil & Celeste Pafford, Corona Short Sale Broker (, Corona CA) over 7 years ago

this is a great post ! keep them coming!

i look forward to seeing more posts to come!

Amber Bennett

Posted by Amber Boyd (Novus Real Estate) over 7 years ago

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.

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida and Washington (Aloha Kai Real Estate) over 7 years ago

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.

Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - over 7 years ago


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.)

Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) over 7 years ago

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. 

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 7 years ago

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.

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) over 7 years ago

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

Posted by Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets! (Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty) over 7 years ago

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.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 7 years ago

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

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 7 years ago

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!) :)


Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) over 7 years ago

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