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Susan McLaughlin
Keller Williams Realty - East Monmouth - Red Bank, NJ
Monmouth County Real Estate

I recently unlocked a front door and as I pushed it open, the snarling head of a black pit bull came right to my wrist!  I pulled the door shut as my buyers jumped back, clutching their newborn.  This dog is usually behind the laundry room door, but he figured out how to work the lever handle.  There was no way we were going back in.   

Apr 19, 2015 03:39 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I have been bit, dog jumped right through the screen door, a pitbull too, was hanging on for dear life before he let go. Now i wont go anywhere near a home without dogs being taken care of or out of the home. 

Apr 19, 2015 10:40 AM
Devin Veith
Amp Realty - Louisville, KY

I am a dog lover, so my policy is to rub the dog's belly and talk to it lol


That being said, I do think that dogs should be in a cage at the minimum since some people are uneasy around pets. Why do anything that can possibly turn away buyers?

Apr 20, 2015 01:00 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Aggressive dog we leave.  Friendly, happy pooch we stay.  It should always be in the MLS.

Apr 19, 2015 11:57 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

I don't show the house - when a young Realtor, I showed a house where there was a 'friendly dog' and his ears were pinned back the whole time we walked through the house and he was following the buyer around the house. NEVER AGAIN I said. The risk was not worth it.

Apr 19, 2015 01:41 PM
James Hoff
Century 21 Award - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Real Agents Work

If the dog appears or barks in an aggressive way, leave. Always try and show the house and if the dog is outside then maybe you just don't go outside. Otherwise, I don't mind animals but you may make it a practice to ask your clients if they mind pets to make sure they are not uncomfortable. Then you may call the Realtor and let them know how it impacted your overall showing experience.

Apr 19, 2015 09:11 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Lots of horror stories and ripped pants and one or two bites. If I hear an undisclosed bark when I unlock the door I turn around!

Apr 19, 2015 08:28 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I would never allow a home to be listed and shown unless the dogs were gone.... ..there is too much liability for the homeowner ...and it's a distraction when showing.

Apr 20, 2015 12:51 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ


I would not show the house, Not because I don't know how to neutralize an animal, but more because I don't know how the buyer may react. This creates a chain reaction which can become uncontrollable.

I would break protocol and leave a note on the door for the benefit of who lives there and provide feedback to the listing agent.

How many pet owner have we seen on TV who refer to 'Spot' as a cute, passive baby, that just took a chuck out of their 2 year olds face. 

Unconfined pets simply create too much liability for EVERYONE and is unacceptable.

Apr 19, 2015 10:27 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Most the time, I encounter little yappie dogs in cages. Occasionally, I run into some that are a little more aggressive. I ask the homeowner to remove them.

Apr 19, 2015 10:04 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

The worst one was the 3 dogs that were baracaded in the kitchen/dinning room, but while the owner was at work, they had chewed holes in the wall and messed all over the floor.  It wasn't a pleasant site for the buyers.  After that, them caged them in the garage.  It wasn't summer, so the heat wasn't a problem.

Apr 19, 2015 01:40 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I close the door and leave.  I will not go into a home with loose dogs.

Apr 19, 2015 12:28 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have had buyers refuse to go in if the dog scares them. I have corraled some small dogs while the buyer takes a quick look. If I know the buyer has a pet adversity I will make sure they are put up or will not show. You would think sellers would put their pets up ot take them with them.

Apr 19, 2015 11:51 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I don't have any horror stories to share. Guess I'm lucky that way. I don't have a policy. Most sellers seem to be concerned about their pets during showings and they take care of things. Good question. 

Apr 19, 2015 11:29 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I tread very carefully.

Oct 12, 2018 05:41 AM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate Unlimited - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

This is a concern for sure. Sellers should 'leash' the dog.

Apr 25, 2018 11:30 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Gita nailed this one!

Sep 27, 2017 04:54 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Hank -- I don't a policy per se.  I wish common sense were more common. People who have and love their pets will be responsible to not put them in danger of escaping or fear of visitors.   

When I represent a seller -- this is part of the communication when the home is listed.  So many times these issues have not been addressed and that's a shame and a possible liability issue.

I've entered homes where I've not been told there were animals on the site -- when there is a sense of danger to myself or my clients -- it's out of there in a flash.   Yes, it has happened.   Most times I/we don't return -- that action from the seller/listing agent speaks volumes in my opinion.  

Apr 20, 2015 01:54 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I will not go in the house if there is a dog.  I do not want to take a chance.

Apr 19, 2015 09:40 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Fortunately, no horror stories to report. But if it's a big dog and appears menacing, we won't go into the house or the yard. Not worth taking chances.

Apr 19, 2015 09:39 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Hank Dugie I don't have any horror stories. I once went to a potential clients house and their dog jumped up and put his paws on my shoulders. A little uncomfortable, but a friendly dog.

Apr 19, 2015 09:17 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

no personal knowledge but I am a bit uncomfortable with Dalmations in houses without their owners since I had a very difficult one several years ago.

Apr 19, 2015 12:33 PM