Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California)

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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I have not but... that dog stays tied up on the side of the home unless the dog has been pre-approved for purchase & can show proof of funds....ruff I know

Sep 08, 2019 02:25 PM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Anytime someone had a dog with them, the dog stayed in the car. I never had to "handle" the situation, as people just knew it wasn't "kosher" to bring in a dog into a home that's not their own without advance permission.

Sep 08, 2019 01:55 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Yes. I had a couple try to bring their puppy to a tour of homes and I said not in my car, not in any of the homes...I asked them to take him home or follow me and leave him in the car at each stop. They took him home.

Never dealt with it but that one time; most people I've encountered seem to "get it" without having to say anything.

Sep 08, 2019 02:55 PM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

No - it's never come up. If it did I would politely let them know that the dog can not accompany them on their tour of the home (service dogs excluded).

Sep 08, 2019 02:23 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team an open house????

get that f'ing dog out of here!!!!!!!!!!

that's how I'd handle it....

Sep 08, 2019 02:23 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Yes and they typically have someone with them that keeps the dog on the porch or walks the dog down the street. I would never tell someone to leave the dog in the car - NEVER!

Too many 'service dog' incidents and sometimes, I am confident we are being tested with regards to this topic. I did have a buyer that always brought her dog and always had someone who would stay outside with her dog. She was never in a home more than 10 minutes and would go back out to 'check' on her dog. She was really checking 'in' with her dog who was a service dog - he sensed when she was about to have a epileptic seizure and warned her. I will never question service animals, nor their humans after that experience!

Sep 08, 2019 08:18 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Yes, many times Jeff Dowler, CRS . I was fine with small dogs being carried but any dog not being carried was asked to be put back out in the car or left outside on a leash.

Sep 08, 2019 06:55 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Real estate is local.
Luna has been to so many properties.

She has been welcomed on Tour of Homes and stayed in the car except in vacants during which I held her (long ago when I could)
In someone's occupied home? No. Not even a question.
An open house? Can the pup fit into your bag? Otherwise, only with seller approval.

I agree with Eve. I'd rather an obedient dog than some of the banshee demon seed children out there. Wolves woulda done a better job raising them!

But it is up to the owner.

When I took my CCSS course and it was at the Kingman AOR conference room for a week, one of the gals came in from Vegas and stayed in a hotel for the week with her lil Pom. Moloney approved the pup and she stayed in her bag and snoozed till breaks for potty and treats. A dollbaby.

Sep 08, 2019 06:00 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I have had open house visitors show up with Fido and I kindly but firmly tell them that dogs are not allowed.  

Sep 08, 2019 07:57 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Yes, I have held Dog Friendly Open Houses in vacant properties with the seller's permission, of course! Also, some buyers bring their pups and leave them in their vehicle with one of them or the engine running. It is rude to simply bring a dog or dogs into someone elses home but can see it happening with the self-entitled.

Sep 08, 2019 04:03 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Jeff - once or twice but the dog stayed in the car. If they did I'd firmly say, sorry absolutely no dogs allowed in this home. If they persisted I'd say it again but thank them for coming. Happy to arrange another showing when you've got a babysitter for the dog.

Sep 08, 2019 02:08 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I have a couple of times on showings and a few times at closings.  On the showings, the dog was carried and the seller approved.

No one barked, pooped, kicked the back of my seat, got candy on my seats, or fell in the pool.

I will take a dog over kids anyday...


 PS: and one of the dogs really did pick the house...the buyers consulted with the dog  and the dog perked up.  Fun day...

Sep 08, 2019 03:43 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I have had clients bring their animal with on showings, however the dog was kept in the car.  I think they "just knew" that was the proper thing to do.

Sep 08, 2019 03:19 PM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

No, or maybe not yet.  To me, the dog stays in the car.

Sep 08, 2019 03:14 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Unless the dog is buying they stay outside. I've only had 2 parties who did not wish to comply and they promptly left.

Sep 08, 2019 02:44 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

That has not happened but if it did I would suggest the dog stay in the vehicle UNLESS, of course, is was a service dog

Sep 09, 2019 08:14 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Yes, I told them they needed to take turns looking at the house; one person had to stay outside with the dog, and one could go inside.

Sorry, I absolutely love dogs. But they don't belong in someone's house, without the owner's permission. Nope.

Sep 08, 2019 06:40 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Only once! My answer was "NO"! They understood he stays in the car! 

Sep 08, 2019 03:44 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

YES & they think it is perfectly OK like it's a child or something. I ask them to keep the dog outside as I didn't know how the owner was going to take that.

I was also at a board function & I look over & this lady is pettting her 'purse pooch' while we are at a seminar.

Sep 08, 2019 03:27 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Yes the one owner waited outside while the spouse came in then switched. They weren't buyers......

Sep 08, 2019 03:20 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Yes, and the few times it happened, the doggie stayed in the buyers car. 

Sep 08, 2019 03:15 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Just today a lady brought a dog, my thought is what was she thinking? it is rude

Sep 08, 2019 03:10 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I once had this situation, and did not know what to do.  Now I ask the seller how they would like it handled, and follow their direction.

Sep 09, 2019 04:19 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes, many situations with dogs since L.A. people love their dogs and other pets. Most of the times they leave a dog outside of the unit/home, sometimes they pick it up to tour the property. 

Sep 08, 2019 11:28 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Jeff Dowler, CRS not yet so far.

Sep 08, 2019 09:30 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I am personally ticked when people bring their dogs to such events, unless they are truly service dogs (which are obvious due to the blindness or obvious need of their owner).  People are using the law of truly needy people to treat their pets as children. It makes me very, very angry. The rights of owners of homes to keep their property pet dander free is being abused by selfish people. I don't have an answer, unless the law changes and we really learn what "pet vest" is legitimate for truly needy people.

Sep 08, 2019 09:13 PM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

Yes.  I informed them to pick up the dog and carry while in the home.  

Sep 08, 2019 08:54 PM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Yes and the dog stayed in the car for the showings. Not at any open houses.

Sep 08, 2019 07:51 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Open house is a small deal. How about closing?! 

Sep 08, 2019 06:03 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Not yet.

Sep 08, 2019 03:02 PM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Never had that happen... 

Sep 09, 2019 04:28 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I had someone show up at an open house with their dog. I told the visitor I could not allow the dog in the property because I was responsible for the safekeeping of the homeowners’ property 

Sep 08, 2019 08:43 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Responsible pet owners keep their dogs in the car. I've seen tiny little pooches stay in the owners arms (they look like emotional support dogs to me) and I don't question them if they take them in.

Sep 08, 2019 08:17 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Tell them to leave the dog in the car.

Sep 08, 2019 06:05 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Dog in car! A

Sep 08, 2019 04:42 PM
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

Once. I asked them to keep the dog outside and take turns walking through the home.  I told them that once it is their home, they were welcome to bring in the lovely pit bull  :) 

Sep 09, 2019 08:02 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Open houses: "Cute dog, but it needs to stay outside."

Showings: Never been an issue.

Sep 09, 2019 07:46 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

Big one?

Sep 09, 2019 06:19 AM
Mike Easton
Movement Bank - Charlotte, NC
Creative lending solutions from coast to coast

little dog in a purse or a service dog would be fine but my open house is no place for you to bring your animal to....but what if that's the person that ends up buying the house? i guess it depends on how serious they truly are

Sep 09, 2019 06:13 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Hmmm, most agents hide in the family room at the back of the house without greeting folks as they approach the front door. The 'entitlement mentality' of pet owners make their actions all about them and their need for attention and the hiding agent finds the critter and caretaker where they should not be.

A recent blog on AR was about bringing in the adoptive pet to see if the pet was comfortable in the house.  Are you seeing my point?

My rule to such folks are the dogs feet shall never touch the floor or grass. And I meet everyone before they enter the house.

I know folks who have a uncommon FEAR of dogs and others who are super sensitive to critter dander.  And all of us know home owners who care not a whit to clean up after irresponsible, entitlement minded, pet owners.

Sep 09, 2019 06:09 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It's up to sellers.( ask at time of listing if they have any objection to pets being in the house). ( usually, if it's not a service dog, it can wait in car or outside if it's not too hot). I've never had any problem. Kids are usually more of a problem than dogs.

Sep 09, 2019 05:56 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


I've had a dog at settlement, with permission. They were packed and moving right after closing. Too long to keep a pet in the car. A bowl of water under the table and everyone was happy.

Sep 09, 2019 03:30 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I don't recall that ever happening. I guess it would depend on the situation; some people tote their tiny dogs around in Louis Vuitton Never-Fulls & it's pretty clear the dog's under control. I think you also have to take into consideration if it's a Guide or Companion dog; Service dogs are licensed to be by their owner's side & there's not many places they can't go. 

Sep 09, 2019 10:39 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Open House - yes.  Advised the dog must remain outside. There were no issues. 

Showings - no. 

Sep 09, 2019 09:59 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Yes and usually it is a pocket pup carried at all times. Large dogs are asked to wait outside.

Sep 09, 2019 08:23 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Jeff ~ I have had a couple of people bring their pets into an open house and they have to carry them the entire time... if they are going to tinkle it should be on the owner, not the sellers carpeting.  I would never deny a service dog, but (heavily abused) emotional support might be another issue.

Never on a showing.

Sep 09, 2019 02:44 PM
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Hasn't happened yet, but I never say never.

Sep 09, 2019 01:34 PM
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

Should not happen, So many people these days have allergies to pets and just their dander on a carpet can set someone off. 

Sep 09, 2019 12:23 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I had a showing that must have had a dog, they left a pile of poo in one of the bedrooms, I was horrified.   We had 3 different agents in at the same time, and did not find out who was the culprit.

Sep 24, 2019 07:01 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

If it is service dog I let it in, if not I was ask to keep it outside.


Sep 15, 2019 08:20 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It has happened. They either have been a couple that has taken turns viewing the property while the other member holds the dog outside or they have simple held the dog in their arms while viewing.

Sep 13, 2019 10:29 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

I would have to ask them to keep the pup outside unless I have permission from the owners to allow the pup inside. Some people have allergies or have babies crawling on their floor. It is not appropriate to bring a dog into a person's home without permission. Plus, what if the dog bit someone?

Sep 10, 2019 06:00 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have and if they are certified care dog, they with the visitor...

Sep 09, 2019 10:53 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Rarely happened to me back when i did this kind of real estate but they need to be on a leash and no dangerous dogs.

Sep 09, 2019 06:46 PM