When Faced With Strangers In His House He Might Bite
This post is prompted by my second face to face encounter with a Rottweiler iwhile showing houses in Clayton, NC. Now I am a dog lover especially big dogs, my favorite breed is the German Shepard, shhh, don’t tell Carly! I love Rottweilers, had a number of friends who owned them and they are a wonderful pet but this is what the American Kennel Club says about Rottweilers
Rottweilers love their people and may behave in a clownish manner toward family and friends, but they are also protective of their territory and do not welcome strangers until properly introduced.
Realtor And Two Home Buyers = Strangers!
I’m sure we are all agreed that a Realtor and two home buyers entering a house could loosely be described as strangers, right, so when this dog appeared around the corner in the yard I and my buyer both realized this could be tricky. The story begins with the showing instructions which told us there were two friendly dogs out back and to enjoy the yard. The yard was big and had a pool and patio and as the husband and I were outside, the Rottweiler appears around the corner and he did not have his happy face on!
Cesar Millan…I Might Need You
I did the usual “nice doggie, good fella” but I could see he was getting agitated and actually started growling as I walked slowly back to the deck instructing my client to do the same, the dog following us until I closed the door. Then we went into the garage which was a 2/1 split and the dogs were in the one car with a gate and a door to the yard. The other dog appeared to be a spaniel of some kind and was very friendly but then the Rottweiler appeared again and began growling at us again.
Chasing Buyers From Your Listing Is Not Good
A couple of things here! First off my clients could not see the house the way they wanted, secondly they felt uneasy with a dog growling at them and felt the urge to get out of the house and third what if the dog had bit someone? This is a serious issue where someone will get hurt and someone will get sued!
It really does not matter what type of dog it is, remove it for the showing or make sure it is in a secure crate. Which brings me to my first encounter with a Rottweiler. A number of years back I was showing a house where the instructions said there would be a dog in a crate in the garage… guess what was waiting for me when I opened the garage door and this big guy was not in his crate, nor did he want me in his house!
Pet Sitter, Crate Or Reschedule, Don’t Risk It
If you are selling your house in Clayton, NC and you have a dog, remember total strangers will be entering your house when the dog is the only one there which makes them nervous, the buyers might be nervous and even the gentlest of dogs could do something out of character. Don’t risk it.