How do I fix a front door that has deep dog scratches in it?

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When my son was staying in my home he left his large dog in house and dog scratched the wood in my front door. It is a dark natural wood color with 15 wood panels. I can paint the door but do not think I can sand out the scratches.

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  • Gle33925012 Gle33925012 on Aug 16, 2018

    3M has a great wood filler that will absorb a stain.

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Aug 16, 2018

    Bondo also makes a wood filler. You will have to order it on line, I couldn't find it at any local stores. They only carried the Bondo for cars. I patched my deck up with it and painted over it.

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Aug 16, 2018

    Bondo also makes a wood filler. You will have to order it on line, I couldn't find it at any local stores. They only carried the Bondo for cars. I patched my deck up with it and painted over it.

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    • Martha Martha on Jun 29, 2020

      Training your dog is the only long-term solution, OP.


      I love my dog so much but it constantly did the things that irked me most. It would chew on things that it shouldn’t or jump up and down out of the blue. Whenever I put on the leash, it would pull on it. Whenever it was out of the house, it would continue digging on the ground - I wish I could tell what it was looking for down there. All the things it did left me feeling depressed as if I failed it monumentally.


      But since I discovered Brain Training for Dogs and applied the system offered, it now behaves the way a beautiful dog I always expect of.

  • Kathy Kathy on Aug 17, 2018

    After you fix the deep dog scratches, I would get some clear Plexiglas the height of the largest dog scratches & screw it to the door, let the dog scratch it and not your door. I would ask your son for help in repairing your door, it was his dog.

    Hope this helps

    Kathy

    • Carol J Hudson Carol J Hudson on Aug 17, 2018

      Great suggestion to ask son for help. But basically he has blown me off and not even bothered to look at scratches. But his dog will never be at my home again.

  • Kathy Kathy on Aug 17, 2018

    I would ask a friend to help you. I am sorry to hear that your son doesn't care and not even looked at the scratches. I applaud you for forbidding his dog entry to your house. Go ahead and paint your door, I would get the Plexiglas just in case his dog enters your house again. How big is this dog? Mastiff, Great Dane, or even a Newfoundland? We have 3 Doberman's. By the way Lowe's will cut the Plexiglas to size for you at no cost, you could even look for remnants depending on the size of the scratches.

    Hope this helps you

    Kathy