Can You Stage the Household Dog?

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  1. One of my clients had a beautiful Persian cat. When taking photos of the home, the cat was the star. He posed on t;he master bed sleeping on a blanket placed at the foot of the bed like a model and the photos looked like we had purposely placed him there. The photos were beautiful.

  2. Thank you for bringing up a subject that is dear to my heart…as a dog foster for special needs, I cringe at the condition of some pets that I run into when showing homes.

    Some are luxury homes with pets that are matted, loaded with flea frass, have no water, or are crammed into a too small crate with a wire floor.

    These neglected pets are a turn-off to potential buyers.

    Thank you for some great suggestions!!

  3. What a clever article and what an interesting trend!

  4. I am a serious animal lover but have always viewed listings with pets as a major problem. In the case that homeowners are unable to remove the pets from the site, the animals are usually locked up which sometimes evokes an uncomfortable feeling for the people viewing the house. You offered the perfect solution in what you did with your pets. Dressing them in clothing and posting the signs sent a message that they were happy pets and did not mind staying out of the way rather than appearing to be serving a jail sentence.

    Also, some homeowners take offense when you suggest tucking the animals away, but this solution is one that may potentially soothe their emotions. They may look at this as a way to have the best of both worlds – showing their house without buyers feeling attacked by jumping and yappy pets, but still being able to show off the animals that they love so much.

    Wonderful solutions!

  5. Interesting trend but not sure that it should be more the exception than the norm. Kitty still needs a litter box and doggy still has to do his/her business. The smell is still going to be there, even if the seller is diligent about placement and clean up which most can’t or won’t do in my experiences with clients. Even buyers who are pet owners looking at a listing don’t want to smell it or contemplate replacing flooring. Taking this trend a step further maybe sellers should stage their kids too! Great post:)

    Ana Hitzel
    AccentPositives Home Staging
    Southern California

  6. My husband is convninced that we sold our last home so quickly because my dog and I were wearing matching winter coats and were walking on the front sidewalk when buyers came to view our home. On their offer they requested we leave the doggy door and pet ramp.

  7. Great article! Yet another reason to try virtual staging

  8. Doggone Good ideas! I love it!

  9. Melissa, thank you for your insightful piece. Yes, many of us have and love pets. We keep a “hall of fame” collection of all of our clients pets at on our blog in order to celebrate our furry friends. Yes, some people just don’t like pets or can’t stand the allergies, but for buyers that have their own pets, being real is the way to go!

  10. Maggie

    What to do with the cat box? And works people be annoyed if they can’t see the laundry room? That’s where our dog will be


  11. Donna Shelley

    Very cute idea for cute little doggies. What do I with the Rottweiler that barks incessantly? Oh and did I mention the odor?

  12. Great article! I have to try out these ideas on my next home I sell.