|Barked: Fri Apr 27, '07 9:46am PST |
|Good luck with your inspection. When I go for a home visit I use a checklist. My primary concern is safety and, of course, evaluating if it is a place where a dog is likely to be well cared for and happy. Housekeeping is generally unimportant to me unless it poses a safety risk. That said, you will probably make a better impression if your home is tidy. The items on my checklist are: Entrance escape risk (this is particularly important for small dogs who can quickly slip out the font door), stairs, where will the dog spend the day?, where will the dog spend the night?, are there limitations to where the dog is permitted access ?, other animals in the house, children in the home, will the dog be crated?, will the dog be tethered? is there free access to outdoors - if not how often is the dog permitted outdoors (access to exercise and a place to pee/poop)?, If there protection from the elements outdoors?,Is there a secure fence (safety), Is there secure access to the yard (e.g., gate). Do others have access to the property (gardener, housekeeper)?, How will you ensure that these people don't let the dog out?, Are there predators in the area (e.g., coyotes)?, Is there a lot of traffic?
I can get a good feel about the people by reviewing these items with them. I am impressed with people who have anticipated/planned for these issues. I also pay attention to how they respond to suggestions I make. I hope this helps.
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