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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
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Yes, Yes Yes!

Nov 30, 2019 06:50 AM
Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

Good idea.

Jul 14, 2018 09:23 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate


May 25, 2018 05:46 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Answering an old question, William.

I do expect sellers to remove the dog - small or large, does not matter.

Mar 04, 2018 06:40 PM
Robert Kennedy
Chase International - Zephyr Cove, NV

Pets large, small or otherwise should not be present when a home is being shown. This should be made known to the seller when the listing is taken. Ideally, pets should stay with someone else while the home is on the market.

Mar 10, 2015 12:17 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

We had a seller that had several Boxers that he would pit in dog cages that were in the garage, while the home was being showm.

Mar 06, 2015 09:41 AM
Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

I would suggest any pets are removed from a house for showings. It keeps buyers focused on the viewing the home.  Agree with others about making sure home smells neutral and not pet occupied.

Mar 06, 2015 05:42 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi William - for the safety of the dog and visitors --- dogs should be properly secured.  

Mar 06, 2015 04:46 AM
Bryan Spann
SYSNE LLC - Houston, TX

Definately remove the dog and add some Febreze.

Mar 06, 2015 12:47 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

It's hard enough to block the telltale presence of a pet. This should be the perfect time to take Fido for a walk. The benefit is good for you, the dog and the potential buyer.

Mar 06, 2015 12:11 AM
Donna Quinlan
Keller Williams Realty - Newburyport, MA
Keller Williams Realtor & Career Consultant

Remove the dog, yes. The buyers do not need to be distracted. It is best if they can focus on the house.

Mar 05, 2015 11:24 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

I say remove the dog.  Leaving it in the crate is not a good idea, either.  It will take the Buyers attention away from viewing the home.  If the dog barks, it tends to be very annoying.  

Mar 05, 2015 09:52 PM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

I think the dog should be removed or at least put in a kennel.  It is distracting for buyers if there is a dog barking or one outside.  Some clients do not like pets and if they see a dog or cat in the house - they won't buy just because they know there was a pet inside.

Mar 05, 2015 09:41 PM
Laura Sellers
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; - Auburn, AL

William, I would say to remove the dog if at all possible before a showing.  Having a pet around is often very distracting to the potential buyers even if it is in a crate as the dog will often bark.  The focus is often on the animal instead of the home and buyers can not always focus with a barking dog or animal wanting attention.  I've seen buyers speed through the home when a needy pet was around.

Mar 05, 2015 09:40 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have been licensed since 1992 . Most of the buyers I have worked with have been uncomfortable even if there is a small dog in the house. 

Mar 05, 2015 09:27 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I'm sorry, I don't want to be friends with your dog.....and your dog knows it!

Sorry, I'm not comfortable with the 'getting to know you ritual' routine for most dogs. I don't know any buyer who signed up for this either.

Sorry, some folks have medical conditions that make their legs extremely sensitive and when Fido does the hop up, it causes great pain.

I currently have a house under contract that is home to 4 70+ pound menacing brutes! The logistics involved compelled Sunday showing only. This actually proved to be INCREDIBLY beneficial to the homeowner when a visionary agent is involved.

And that note on the door that says, "Don't let the cat out!"

Do you realize how much time is spent verifying a cat remains in the house before the agent and buyer leave? In many cases the skittish cat never makes an appearance which means every storage space beneath beds, every closet, behind and beneath every sofa until 'Fluffy' is spotted.

Invariably, a call to the listing agent revealing..."Cat not found. good luck. No, I don't have feedback for you!.......well, yes, about that cat....What were you thinking?"

Mar 05, 2015 09:03 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Yes, the old saying, "out of sight, out of mind" rings true here for many people.  Some people are intimidated by a large, barking dog and it may limit the time they are in the house.  I have seen clients move very quickly on to the next homr, or start to point out lots of things related to having a large dog:  chewed woodwork, stained carpet, etc. 

Mar 05, 2015 08:56 PM
Raul Rodriguez
Covenant Partners Realty - San Antonio, TX
Looking out for the client's interest and not my p

If the seller wants to sell the house, I say yes, remove the pet. Some agents read the other agent's remarks that say do not let the cat out and think who wants to chase a cat or dog to get it back in the house?

Mar 05, 2015 08:29 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

William, yes, large dogs can be intimidatig even when they are friendly and barking dogs are just a terrible distraction.  Preferaly, the owners should remove the dog and themselves and go for a walk. :-)

Mar 05, 2015 08:24 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

I prefer they remove all pets for showings or put them in a cage somewhere in a remote room.

Mar 05, 2015 07:39 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

The fewer barks the better...doggy day care is a wonderful thing !

Mar 05, 2015 07:31 PM
Bill Saunders, Realtor®
Meyers Realty - Hot Springs, AR

I had a listing with a wonderful dog. Friendly, wanted to play, etc. Bit that buyer's agent right on the back of the leg. It is a territorial thing, and you never know when a friendly dog will go on guard duty or for what reason. Anything that causes the buyers to "speed" through the listing should be corrected.

Mar 05, 2015 06:46 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

No questions or doubts about that. Also, some people have fears or allergies. And not just big dogs, but any pets.

Mar 05, 2015 03:40 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


There are lots of doggie day cares around, and they are wonderful.  A

Mar 05, 2015 03:11 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Absolutely ... and this comes from someone who thinks of my Sheltie as family rather than 'just a dog.' No matter how well-trained we think our pets are, there's always the uncertainty of how they will act when 'strangers' (buyers and their agent) invade their territory. It's best to remove the potential distraction so that buyers and their agent can focus completely on the home.

Mar 05, 2015 01:59 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

William, it depends on the dog and the situation.

Mar 05, 2015 12:48 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Whether it barks at all or not, it should be removed.  It is a liability and a distraction.

Mar 05, 2015 12:29 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Dog lover that I am, it is realistic to expect some people are not comfortable viewing a propert with loose dogs.

Mar 05, 2015 12:10 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I would remove anything that distracts from the beauty of the house for a Buyer. If it annoys you, as an agent, I would request it...

I saw one listing that requested not to let the snake out (don't worry!!!)

Mar 05, 2015 11:39 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

William - If at all possible, I would say yes.

Mar 05, 2015 11:38 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Ideally, yes. Practical matters however aren't always ideal.

Mar 05, 2015 11:38 AM