What should you do with your pets at an open house?

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“We’re hosting an open house, what do we do with the pets?”

Great question, and something we’re often asked and it’s a stressful one often for the homeowner. Not only do you have the upkeep of the home for showings to buyers, the property showing schedule, but you may also have a confused pet in the home.

Often we’re asked, “What should we do with our dog … or our cat during the open house?” There’s no simple solution, and will depend on your pet. Ultimately you’re trying to sell your space, at a top dollar, so advice might come to you, with the intent to maximize your time on market, both in your pocket book and time on market. Animals can be, understandably a sensitive issue – whether in moving them around, showings, or the “marks and barks” they can leave behind in the home.

Quote: Heather Ostrom, Coldwell Banker. Source: Coldwell Banker Blue Matter Blog - Dogs and Open Houses Expert Advice

Hold your breath, you may not like this next comment … I know, this is going to sting … not every buyer likes dogs and/or cats (or at least wants to see their evidence, yard bombs, nose smudges, or pet toys). So do you want to limit your audience to a specific group of folks? This sounds extreme, but from a market perspective, you really want to know your audience and not limit your audience.

So check out this awesome post on Coldwell Banker, and you might even notice SOMEONE got quoted on the national CB website. Not mentioning any names. 😉

See all of the “Expert Advice on Hosting an Open House with Dogs,” by clicking here
Avoid making an open house “fur paux” with these expert tips

Blue Matter Coldwell Banker Dogs and Open Houses Expert Advice

If you have any questions about what to do with your pet at an open house, please let us know. We love fur babies and we want to make it as least stressful as possible for you and them.


“Coldwell Banker has teamed up with Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, to help 20,000 adoptable dogs find a loving home this year.” So in this theme, you’ll be seeing a ton of great information and tips for home owners with dogs, cats (and more).

Coldwell Banker Adopt A Pet

Learn more about the Coldwell Banker and Adopt-A-Pet Campaign here


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  • Ryan Lundquist

    Very true about not everyone liking dogs. Some people like dogs just fine, but they don’t want to be sniffed or climbed on during an inspection.This is fine at a friend’s house, but probably not the expectation for a stranger’s home. Sometimes people have plans after the showing too, so if they leave smelling like dog (or their shoes have dog mess on them), that’s not a positive impression. 🙂

    • @ryanlundquist:disqus gosh, points not even brought up – so true. Nothing will be perfect, but you would hope the could be as ideal as possible to not limit opportunities and that first impression touring the home. You want them to focus on the home, not the occupants. Which is a hard pill to swallow (even for me, when it’s your own home). To be objective and approach as a marketing piece to drive looks and interest, takes a mind shift and it’s hard work to keep that home up with the facade (of sans pets, whatever fits here). Hugs to the sellers and furry friends. It is hard work, but luckily and hopefully short-term

      • Ryan Lundquist

        Well said about not limiting opportunities.