Jenny Ho, REALTOR® serving Bay Area (Legacy Real Estate & Associates)

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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The owner is happy that  they greet realtors.

Jun 16, 2016 11:42 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     If the dogs were illegally running loose, contact Animal Control.  If you are on private property, you may not have a case.


Jun 16, 2016 11:21 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I learned when I was young, NEVER RUN, face them, step toward them and they will turn and run.  And it does not hurt to growl at them under your breath.

Even big guard dogs are cowards when approached right.

I teach this to my foresters for when dealing with Wolves and Bears, so far nobody has been eaten.


Jun 16, 2016 01:30 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Stand still and tall and stare them down

Jun 16, 2016 11:15 AM
Raj Taj
RE/MAX - Lake Bluff, IL
Drive By Blessings!

I would normally bark or bite back, the dogs don't understand much more than that.

Jun 16, 2016 11:14 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I wouldn't stay around long but at the same time I try not to show fear. Sometimes I yell back and tell them to hush and they do.

Jun 16, 2016 01:35 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I would be scared, hopefully you were able to get away without getting bit or anything.

Jun 16, 2016 12:57 PM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I normally mail material like that Jenny Ho 

Jun 16, 2016 11:12 AM
Jenny Ho
Legacy Real Estate & Associates - Fremont, CA
REALTOR® serving Bay Area

Thanks everybody for your life saving advice. Luckily I could finally get away without any injury yesterday. Definitely a lesson to learn!

Jun 17, 2016 06:06 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jenny Ho Dogs can be very protective of their owners. I would have asked the owner first then proceeded cautiously.

Jun 17, 2016 05:22 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

My father was once bitten by one.  After that he carried mace.


My take, carry dog treats and use those first before going to the mace/pepper spray.  Beyond that is really a personal call.  I'm not sure I could go further than that unless I was being actively mauled.


Why dog treats?  Because dogs love them and they taste better than we do (or at least better than I do).  It is also the #1 way crooks get around guard dogs, since very few dogs are trained to only take food from their master.

Jun 17, 2016 03:57 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Never run or show you are afraid..they can sense it!

Jun 17, 2016 01:30 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Carry dog biscuits with you if you walk a neighborhood.

Jun 17, 2016 01:00 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I get along with all dogs and can read them. Stand your ground, and stand tall  and speak calmly toward them, then EAT 'em!~

Jun 16, 2016 11:40 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I have had this happen more than once. The answer is always found in the moment if you stay in the moment that is. Fear interferes with answers

Jun 16, 2016 11:00 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Try and remain calm and hope the owner has some degree of control!

Jun 16, 2016 10:58 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

#1. Contact the first animal (dog) trainer you can find. Learn how to identify the friendly dog and the other kind. Know the visual signs. Rottweilers do not announce their intent.

#2. Pay attention

#3. Measure the value of the effort. If the house looks like Sam's post, you may choose to skip this one.

#4. When door knocking I have the luxury of taking Sasquatch along. His role is to intercept all distractions. He has mowed the grass while I talk to the owner, played catch with the kids and allowed the dogs to jump on him and not me. His presence has a way of moderating how some curmudgeons choose to respond.

Jun 16, 2016 10:41 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That is why i dont go door to door any longer. Dog bite to the wrist. 

Jun 16, 2016 10:26 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

reason to buy a gun!!! 

Jun 16, 2016 10:18 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

parked and reading

Jun 16, 2016 10:06 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

You do have to be still and stare them down. But your situation is exactly why I don't door knock or go to properties I haven't been invited to.

Jun 16, 2016 10:04 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I face them down - I am armed and ready to take those dogs out should the need arise!

Jun 16, 2016 09:53 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Avoid the dogs.

Jun 16, 2016 09:28 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Depends on the dogs and the location. Avoid putting yourself in those type of situations. Running might not be good idea. Try to stay calm. They might just want to lick you and get petted. Dogs bark and that doesn't mean they are mean. if they don't bite, let them smell you, slowly pet them, tell them to sit, etc.

Jun 16, 2016 08:00 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

When prospecting , carry dog biscuits !

Jun 16, 2016 03:30 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

If you were on my property my dogs would in fact bite you. They don't leave our property without a leash though.

Jun 16, 2016 03:29 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Wow!!  I'm wondering why the homeowner didn't 'have control' of their 2 dogs - why they chased you, with that person watching?  Very scary Jenny Ho.  They could have told you their dogs were not friendly and that they didn't want your hand-outs, as opposed to having you think that they were going to attack or bite you.  To me this means the owner was 'not in control' - the dogs were. 

Jun 16, 2016 03:14 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Not a fan of big dogs unless they are Labradoodles.

Jun 16, 2016 01:44 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

If you have the time grab any aerosol-type in your purse and spray it in their face. Aim for the eyes but they hate it in their nose too so accuracy isn't critical.Hairspray works almost as well as mace as long as it's an atomized spray (not pump).

Jun 16, 2016 01:38 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Bark back (the bark is worst than the bite). I am just throwing a little humor in Jenny, hope you are ok.

Jun 16, 2016 12:43 PM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

dogs for sure sense fear, but some dogs are clearly not worth confronting

Jun 16, 2016 12:32 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

The last thing you should do is run.

Jun 16, 2016 12:30 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

If you are at the owner's front door, be as brave as you can.

If you are walking down the street carry some type of protection.  I know people have Mace, Bear Spray or Wasp Spray.

Keep in mind that the dog's owner probably won't want to list with you if you spray his dog.

Good luck.

Jun 16, 2016 12:11 PM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Don't go back :) Seriously, glad that's over. Others have said it, you have to be confident (I know that's hard) but that's your best defense against a barking dog. Most, that's all they are is all bark, no bite. But for the few who will attack, your odds are better being strong about it. SHOW YOUR TEETH!

Jun 16, 2016 11:56 AM