Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I'd collect it in a plastic bag and return to him, letting him know he forgot something :)

My husband says he would go and squat in the neighbours yard

Sep 29, 2015 02:50 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I would take a picture of the action,  post it on the local social media page with the following headline:

" the next door neighbor and his dog have already decided to make himself at home."

Sep 29, 2015 09:44 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I put together a realtor supply kit that I keep in my trunk.  It includes doggie poop bags.  I'd clean up the poop and toss it in the trash.  

The next time I saw the neighbor with the dog, I'd mention that they must have been out of poop bags when they allowed their dog to poop on my client's lawn and then leave wihtout cleaning up.

I'd say that I always carry extra poop bags and that I'm happy to provide to them when they forget to bring some with them. 

Sep 29, 2015 09:32 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I guess this is another contingency that an agent has to be prepared for by carrying dog poop bags as part of the car kit.  How sad is that, when people do that, to use dog poop to express their live's frustrations.  I do like Susan Emo answer, it made me laugh.  A

Sep 29, 2015 03:58 AM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Got a shovel in the trunk?  they work great for throwing this stuff.

Mar 21, 2019 07:34 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

If I saw them leaving without doing a pick up I would call them out.

Sep 29, 2015 10:22 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Just ignore them, not worth your time to participate in the neighborhood drama.

Sep 29, 2015 02:52 PM
Andrzej Niemyjski
Realty One Group - Sun City West, AZ

Just have to clean it up and move on.  What if potential client shows up at that exact moment that you are confronting that person

Sep 29, 2015 01:43 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Wow, that is pretty rude...

Sep 29, 2015 12:00 PM
Anjanette White
Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Co LLC - Summerville, SC
Real estate agent serving the Lowcountry of SC.

YUCK!  and YIKES!  With the foot traffic expected, and to avoid a possible altercation, I would bite the bullet and pick it up.  

Sep 29, 2015 12:00 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I am stunned that someone would do that. Were you watching and did he know you saw it?

Sep 29, 2015 11:49 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

That is just plain rude. 

I would ask the person if he/she needed a bag to clean up the mess. If that person ignored me and walked on, I would clean it up myself. 

Sep 29, 2015 10:50 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I think I would get a plastic bag, pick it up off the lawn and deliver it to the neighbor's front door.  Probably without the plastic bag!  

Sep 29, 2015 09:31 AM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

If I see the person in action, I would step out and ask him to clean up after the dog.  There is nothing wrong with that. 

Sep 29, 2015 09:07 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ


"..and I quit show biz for this!!!" would be the thought running through my mind as I cleaned it up.

I would however weave this into a conversation with the owner suggesting an 'above the call of duty' commitment must be reflected in their letter of recommendation and review.

On my own yard I posted a warning of "Lawn treatment that could cause hair lose, diareaha, restless leg, vomiting, hairballs, scalp itch, spider skin and yellow eyes. Could cause discomfort for pets also."


Sep 29, 2015 08:06 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I have given a free pass (?) to my neighbors dogs because I have a large inviting lawn in a neighborhood of no lawns. In the end (?), no one gets hurt

Sep 29, 2015 07:45 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Make him buy the house? "You soil, you buy!" Not much one can do when others act inappropriately. The neighbor should've cleaned it up, even on the street and not brought the dog over to the Open House in the first place.

Sep 29, 2015 07:36 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Paul - Well, if I would have seen the neighbor and his pet doing their thing, I would have stepped out and told the neighbor that they had forgot something. If they didn't pick it up, I would have to clean it myself, but I might have to return it to the rightful owner if I knew where they lived. I would also let my clients know what happened.

Sep 29, 2015 06:43 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

There is nothing you can do unless you wish to confront the neighbor. Just tell your client that he or she has some cleaning up to do.

Sep 29, 2015 06:42 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Bag it and put in trash. Get a bucket of water rinse the sign, then mix 1/4 cup white vinegar with 1 cup water and splash on the sign (eliminates odor of urine that dogs find as attractive) next - dry chili flakes in the grass poop area. Owner can tell neighbor they had grass treated and it may be sensitive to dogs, so walk on sidewalk...  May sound passive agressive but confrontation with neighbor is not going to work, they allowed dog to do this to spite you.  Chili flakes are not harmful, they make dogs sneeze, the vinegar fades. Your goal is to keep front poop free so buyers don't walk in it. 

Sep 29, 2015 06:31 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Paul, very good question.

Sep 29, 2015 06:28 AM
Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Blue Bell, PA

Having a dog, I would just pick it up and put it in the trash. I know there are a lot of pet owners who do clean up after their pet, but there are always some people who think they are not responsible for picking up after their pet. 

Sep 29, 2015 06:11 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

The dog would not have gotten an opportunity to assume the position had I been witnessing the action. It's tough to show respect to those that have none.

Sep 29, 2015 06:06 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Clean it up if it's poop.

Sep 29, 2015 05:53 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I am glad it has not happened to me.

Sep 29, 2015 05:19 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I would report incident to owners and let them handle it. If that didn't work, i would ask seller for permission to handle it myself, and that might invole having police serve neighbor with trespass notice. Would also check on HOA rules.

Sep 29, 2015 05:17 AM
Amanda at VA HLC & FedHomeLoan
VA Home Loan Centers - San Diego, CA
Social Media, Content & Client Relations

Susan Emo had the best answer 

Sep 29, 2015 03:23 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I probably would pick up the "business" myself if I had a plastic bag, rather than offending a neighbor.  I have to say that is pretty rude of the neighbor though.

Sep 29, 2015 03:13 AM
Jessica Friedland
RE/MAX Infinity Group - Spokane, WA
Real Estate Broker in WA and ID

Ugh! Pick it up and smile while telling the neighbor to have a great day! (They'll feel guilty.) Irresposible pet owners drive me crazy, but when you're representing your business, and it's a business where word of mouth is SO important, it is best to keep that smile on your face when dealing with the public. (Unfortunately.)

Sep 29, 2015 03:13 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

I'd just clean it up for the neighbor.


......then promptly relocate the poo to the proper owners front porch, letting them know they forgot something.  Irresponsible pet owners are a big pet peeve of mine.

Sep 29, 2015 03:09 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Wow....I think I would call the owner of the house and have him or her speak to the neighbor. Since it's not my property, I'd rather not say anything. As for whether I would clean it up....that would really test me!

Sep 29, 2015 02:09 AM