As a volunteer at a shelter that does home assessments, we look for the following.
- If your house is clean, a messy house can be a hazard to some dogs especially if it is a young dog, and like a child everything goes into their mouths.
- They want to see that no cords are accessible to the dog to chew on.
- They will ask you about sleeping arrangements. Some of them will require a crate, others will leave it up to you, but just want to know that all people in the house are in agreement. For example you don't want to say he can sleep on the bed or on the furniture and your partner be totally against it.
- They will look that you have adequate space for the breed of dog.( wouldn't want a saint bernard in a one room apt.)
- Do you have a yard, is it fenced? some groups require a fenced in yard, others do not as long as you agree to always put the dog on a leash when outside or put it on a strong outside cable if unattended.
- If you have any other pets they want to make sure they are taken care of well and may want to see updated vet records. Also they usually require that the dogs meet and will get along first.
-They will ask you a few questions, go over simple safety concerns etc.
Be honest in your answers, when your nervous and telling lies it is noticeable and if they sense something is up then they won't give you the dog. Good luck and I hope you get your dog!