My DH and I need to put our house on the market. My 2 dogs (both large) are not crate trained. We weren't planning on moving until now because has injured his knee and we need to sell our house (can't make it on his disability pay). I need to crate train my dogs so that when buyers come to look they aren't turned off by the dogs being in their face (barking, being pushy, being attention hogs or even possibly being aggressive if they don't like whomever comes) while they look at the house. Both dogs bark and whine when contained, especially when there are stranger people in the house.
Yes the dogs are coming with us when we move, that's not an issue. The problem is, how can I train my dogs within the next 3 weeks to lay down and be quiet in the crate while people they won't know are here looking at my house. I can place the crates in the garage (heated) with blankets over them to calm the dogs but I doubt that will work without some training.
Anyone have any suggestions without flaming me for not crate training them in the first place? Emotion: wink
thanks in advance,
Jen
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The first thing I would do is to immediately begin feeding them in their crates. Others will follow up with more specifics, I'm sure... Colin
The first thing I would do is to immediately begin feeding them intheir crates. Others will follow up with more specifics, I'm sure... Colin

LOL omg I didn't even THINK of that.
Ok, I'll start that tomorrow Emotion: wink
Thank you Colin Emotion: wink
Jen
Other posters will likely have more in depth advice, but if you have a scheduled showing, taking the dogs to the park and playing fetch, running, etc, for a couple hours should tire them out enough that they'll be snoozing soundly when prospective buyers arrive.
Also, our agent could never meet us in the evening- and we finally figured out why.. Our house sits next to a fairly busy state highway, but most afternoons there isn't much traffic. Come 5 pm, though, it's a whole different story. Scheduling your showings in concert with your surroundings is a good idea.
My DH and I need to put our house on the market. My 2 dogs (both large) are not crate ... the garage (heated) with blankets over them to calm the dogs but I doubt that will work without some training.

No flames here, although I do crate train...
A lot of your solution depends on the real estate market in your area. Here, it's red-hot. I wanted to keep our house *** and span and also wanted to avoid dogs annoying potential buyers. We chose to board the dogs from the time the house went on the market until we had a signed offer: 10 days, in our case. We had Plan B that would have gone into effect at the 3-week mark, which would have involved more dust-bunny gathering and coming home to walk the dogs when people wanted to view the house.

I honestly don't think it's fair to your dogs or to your chances of making a great impression on buyers to have the dogs in the house, crate or not, while the house is on the market.
Can you board the dogs? Walk them during showings? Some combination?

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My DH and I need to put our house on the market. My 2 dogs (both large) are not crate ... have any suggestions without flaming me for not crate training them in the first place? Emotion: wink thanks in advance, Jen

When our house was for sale, the agent explained that it be best if the owner wasn't home during the showing, as the buyers are less comfortable looking around and commenting while the owner is there.

So just leash up the dogs and go for a walk. Heck, you could just stand across the street or down the block and chat with a neighbor, you don't have to go far away.
The only problem I see is how you would handle showing the house if it's during the day and you're not home. The real estate person wouldn't want to walk in if there were dogs barking on the other side of the door.
No flames here, although I do crate train... A lot of your solution depends on the real estate market in yourarea. Here, it's red-hot.

Here too. Our RA told us we could get what I had oringinally thought reasonable hands down with no work on the house. We decided to put some time and effort into updating it a bit and we should come out way ahead Emotion: wink
I wanted to keep our house *** and span and also
wanted to avoid dogs annoying potential buyers. We chose to boardthe dogs from the time the house went on the market until we had a signedoffer: 10 days, in our case.

That was my first thought. I'm just not sure that's fair to the dogs though. I don't know of anyone in my area that can give them anything better than a 21 hour a day crate ;/ At least they'd be safe and fed though.
We had Plan B that would have gone into effect at the
3-week mark, which would have involved more dust-bunny gathering andcoming home to walk the dogs when people wanted to view the house.

Yep, it's the plan B I'm stuck on. I personally cannot handle taking them both out at once. They are big and strong and knuckleheaded. They'll walk ok leashed for me individually, even with my toddler in his stroller, but juggling them both and the baby I think would be more than I can handle.
I honestly don't think it's fair to your dogs or to your chances ofmaking a great impression on buyers to have the dogs in the house, crate ornot, while the house is on the market.

I agree. I think I'm going to look more thorooughly into boarding them. Not only because I know they'll be a PITA to potential buyers but it will be easier to keep the house clean with them elsewhere during showing weeks. I hate to say it but my dogs are slobs LOL!
Can you board the dogs? Walk them during showings? Somecombination?

Thanks for the reply Emotion: wink
Jen
When our house was for sale, the agent explained that it be best ifthe owner wasn't home during the showing, as the buyers are lesscomfortable looking around and commenting while the owner is there.

I'm a stay at home mom so my schedule is open enough that if the RA calls I can just go have coffee or something.
So just leash up the dogs and go for a walk. Heck, you could juststand across the street or down the block and chat with a neighbor, youdon't have to go far away.

I mentioned in the other post I just replied to that I don't think I'll be able to do this. Not only do I have the 2 dogs but I have a 21 month old as well. He's as much of a challange as the dogs are LOL Emotion: wink
The only problem I see is how you would handle showing the house ifit's during the day and you're not home. The real estate person wouldn'twant to walk in if there were dogs barking on the other side of the door.

Since my contact number for my RA is my cell phone if he can give me at least a 30 minute window before he shows up (and he is pretty good about that we ave dealt with him before) I can jet home from wherever I am to grab the dogs, toss them in the car and go for a drive. I'm thinking I might board them though because that mad dash thing doesn't sound near as much fun as the bathroom I just finished rehabbing (including subfloor and new tile) all by myself yesterday.
Jen
who can't wait till the house is sold and she is on her way south
I can jet home from wherever
I am to grab the dogs, toss them in the car and go for a drive.

I think this would be a really good choice. I don't board my dogs at all, so boarding them in order to sell my house probably wouldn't be my choice.

I've only sold one house. No agent - sold in 3 days. DH showed it while I took the dogs with me to teach classes. One showing, instant buy (buyer was "enchanted" by house despite cats and dogs living there) and no dragged out process!
The neighborhood agent was amazed that I was able to do that. She had given friends across the street the advice that they couldn't possibly sell their house with 2 big dogs and a toddler living there, and it would show better empty. So they bought another house, paid 2 mortgages while the house sat on the market for almost a year. The house had been on the market for 10 months when we put ours on. They got less, had to pay commission, and had that extra mortgage payment as well. Yikes. I had 2 big dogs, 2 cats, AND their toddler (as well as 2 others) were at my house all day every day to boot!

Real estate agents aren't always the best sellers.

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