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Pets

What do you guys do with your pets while your house is on the market and being shown?  We have 3 dogs and a cat.  The dogs are crated during the day, the cat roams the house.  I know that if I leave them in their crates and someone comes to see the house, they will bark and growl the entire time.  If I put them in the backyard, they'll still bark and growl the entire time.  Our german shepherd is a trained protection dog who is very cautious of letting anyone she doesn't know in the house. I'm also worried about some jackass leaving a door open and our inside only cat getting out.  Any ideas?  TIA!!!
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Re: Pets

  • It's a challenge. When we sold our house we did one of three things w/ our dog:

     

    1. If it was the weekend, we took him with us wherever we went to get out of the house.

    2. During the week when we were at work we put him in the screened in porch a few times. He is not a barking dog, though. I'm sure he just layed there.

    3. We had a friend in our neighborhood with a fenced-in yard and our dogs got along well. We'd keep him there for the day.

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  • It's a challenge. When we sold our house we did one of three things w/ our dog:

     

    1. If it was the weekend, we took him with us wherever we went to get out of the house.

    2. During the week when we were at work we put him in the screened in porch a few times. He is not a barking dog, though. I'm sure he just laye

    3. We had a friend in our neighborhood with a fenced-in yard and our dogs got along well. We'd keep him there for the day.

    I'm not crazy, I've just been a very bad mood for the last 40 years!
  • I wouldn't show your house with a protective dog in the house.  I think it may leave a bad first impression. 

    Can you look into doggy daycare while your house is on the market? 

    I just took my dog with me everywhere because I could bring him to work.  If I coudn't do that now I would probably bring him to my parents house during the week.  If he didn't jump on people I would have just left him home.

  • We just have one cat.  We had the agent let people know that we have a cat and if there was an issue, we removed her from the house for showings.  We also put a sign on the front door that read "friendly cat inside, please keep door closed". 

    Not sure what to suggest re: the dogs.

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  • I took the dog with me for every showing. There was one where I couldn't and I left him in the fenced in backyard with a note on the back door as a warning. I'd never leave him in the house with strangers. He's as gentle as can be and loves people, but we worried about being liable if something were to happen.
  • Two of the houses we looked at had dogs, both were in kennels.  One was a lab who didn't make a peep, but I could see him shaking. :-(  The other was a tiny poodle named Lola, and the seller left a note with a dog biscuit for us to give to her.  She did bark, but she settled down after we gave her the treat, and I gave her a few bits of kibble from her bowl.  We're dog-friendly people, but I would not appreciate a dog who was unkenneled or a kenneled dog who barked nonstop.

    Doggy daycare would probably be less stressful than strangers coming in and out.

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  • We just put our house on the market last Friday.  We have two cats and one very protective dog.  We've only had one showing so far, but we removed the animals (and all animal-related things) for the showing.  I work out of town Monday - Friday, so it was all up to DH to handle, but we are going to make it work. 

    I love, love animals, but a lot of people don't (especially cats).  The last thing I would want to happen is to turn a potential buyer away, because they are afraid of what the animals have done to the house.  For us, the hassle is worth it.

    Also, because I am such an animal lover, if I were looking at buying a house, and there were animals running around, I would be paying too much attention to them, and not the house.  Just something else to think about.  Wink

    Is it not possible to remove the animals during showings?  Dog park?  Can someone watch them?  Neighbor?

     

     

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  • Thanks for all the replies everyone...We have a lot to work out.  DH and I both work full time and neither of us can take any animals to work, let alone 3 dogs (2 of which are HUGE) and a cat.  We also have an 8 month old so we can't load a baby plus 4 animals in the car to go somewhere for every showing.  I guess people will just have to get over it, they'll be in their crates so they're not a danger to anyone but I can't guarantee they won't be barking and I hope no one let's the cat out!!!
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  • I think you should rethink leaving them there. When we listed our house, we had a very protective chow. He would bark like crazy and scare people, even if he was in a kennel. So we required at least 1 hours notice before any showing. Almost every showing was in the evening or weekend so we took the dog with us. I think we had only a handful of showings during the week, and we literally went home, removed the dog, and waited for the showing to be over before returning to work.

    If you have the help of your husband, have him load the dogs or walk them around the neighborhood and you can drive around with the baby and cat.

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  • Do you have a garage where the temperature would be suitable for the dogs? If so, would you consider moving their crates into the garage if you're going to leave them there? That way, even if they're barking, it wouldn't be such a distraction.

    When my brother was selling his house, the realtor did her best not to schedule daytime showings without a day's notice so he could make arrangements to have the dog out of the house for the showing. She would try to schedule evening showings, or at least give a day's notice for daytime showings. It worked fine, there was only one time that didn't work. He left the dog crated in the garage that day, and it worked okay.

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  • Since your pups are the growling/barking type, I would try as much as possible to keep them out of the house when you have showings.  You can have your REA tell other agents that the showings need to be night-time only, so at least then you or your H can take them for a walk or drive or something.  Generally you only need to be gone an hour max.

    FWIW, we also have a cat but our REA knows that he needs to remind others to keep the doors shut, etc.  If someone would have an issue with it, then we would need to make another arrangement with the cat.

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  • image ryaroberts:
     Our german shepherd is a trained protection dog

    I have a German Shepherd of my own.  He is not a trained protection dog, just a run of the mill obedience class graduate and Canine Good Citizen.  I adore large dogs.

    BUT...if I walked in to your home and a large dog was barking angrily at me, I would not feel safe, even if he was in a kennel.  I know my dogs can easily break out of crates, so we have zip ties on the crate our youngest sleeps in. 

    Is there any way you can start off doing showings only at night or on weekends?  If that's not bringing in enough traffic, consider doggy daycare, but I really don't think your dog is a good candidate for staying home when strangers enter.

    Twin boys due 7/25/12
  • There are few things more distracting than a barking dog. Even if a person isn't scared, it's annoying to hear a dog barking and worse if several of them bark. I know when we sold our house, it was a HUGE pain with our dogs. (Our cat just hid under the bed when people came

    If our agent called the night before to tell us there was a showing the next day, I'd bring our dogs to daycare before I went to work. If someone came in the evening or weekend, we took the dogs out of the house.

    There were only two times where our agent called me at work and said someone wanted to see the house right then and there. I told her they could either come that evening or wait until the next morning when I could bring the dogs to daycare.

    Basically I made sure the dogs were never in the house. You get ONE chance to make a good impression. Better to have a buyer wait until the next day to see your house when they can talk and think and not hear a dog barking.  

  • I would say doggie day care for the day, most of the time the people showing the house will give you enough heads up so you could drop the dogs off in the morning, so they won't be there durning the day. For the cat see if a family member/ friend or neighbor wouldn't mind giving up a small room like laundry room of there house to put the cat in. I have two huge siberian huskies and outside in texas anytime between March till October, you can't leave them outside. So I would drop them off at doggie daycare. If I was selling a house. I just wouldn't leave any animals in the house if at all possible.
  • We have one small dog, and I do everything I can to make sure she's not there when we have a showing. There has been one time I couldn't help it and they saw the house with her there. She barked the entire time (crated of course).

    My schedule is pretty flexible though, so it's easy for me to leave work to get her until they're done looking (or have H or a family member do it). 

    If the weather is good, I'll put her crated in the garage so it's a little less annoying for the potential buyers.

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