Cover for the edges of a wooden dog crate to prevent chew damage?


My dog is usually really good and isn't very destructive. He has a little chew damage on the side of his wooden crate and I want to fix the damage, repaint and am trying to think of a solution to prevent future damage. My thoughts were applying U-trim or corner guard. I have seen products for horses even. The issue with the corner guard is that I think it will either fall off over time or he will be able to pry it off so i want something that goes over the edge. Anyone have a good solution to wrap around the edges of a couple 1x2"? Mostly the 1" part needs covering. Would vinyl even work? Should I use aluminum? Suggestions appreciated.

q cover for the edges of a wooden dog crate to prevent chew damage
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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Sep 16, 2020

    Thin steel flashing came to my mind. As long as its thin and plyable enough you can cut to size and wrap it around and then tack it down.

  • Pamela Irwin Pamela Irwin on Sep 16, 2020

    You get the cheap long floating tubes from the dollar store , trim to length needed. Slice a line down it on one side and then fit it to the place needed!

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Sep 16, 2020

    pool noodles would work, he may chew on them but it would take awhile to get through to the wood- main concern is if he is digesting any of the wood or other matrials

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 16, 2020

    Aluminum coil would work, it is used around windows to protect the wood, never needs painting and is bendable. Available a diy stores.

  • on Sep 16, 2020

    With our dogs we’ve found Bitter Apple spray really helps to teach them not to chew specific things.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Sep 16, 2020

    I thought about the plastic corner guards that are used to prevent wallpaper from getting damaged at an outside corner. These are cheap, can be cut to length, and tacked on with a couple of small nails/brads. I think the nails come as part of the package.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 16, 2020

    The clear plastic corner guards are excellent. I put one in my daughter's room when I painted it, she was 5 at the time. She is now 29 and it is still in tact and the corners were never beaten or chipped.

  • Em Em on Sep 16, 2020

    Bitter apple spray daily. They will get tired of it. All of the other covers suggested WILL get chewed as well and with really bad consequences for the dog. Plastic can cut their mouths and get ingested to a topic we don't even want to discuss! It is boredom and frustration that they chew. Limit time in the crate, give them acceptable chewable toys or something like a kong toy filled with peanut butter and dog kibble they have to work at to get out of the inside. Make sure you select the correct size for your dog. Bigger than they can swallow for sure.

  • Mogie Mogie on Sep 16, 2020

    Stuff hollow rubber toys with treats or moistened kibble and give them to your dog when you are away, so he will have something acceptable to do in your absence.

    There are several methods you can try to stop this; you can try to rap on the front of the crate and say a firm ‘No’ (do not say ‘quiet’, as that is another word association for vocalization).

    You could also try to put an ‘anti chewing’ spray directly on the bars. These can be found in most pet shops. Another option is to give your puppy something that is really meant for chewing; a nylabone, a raw hide/pressed bone, a pigs ear, etc. These will allow him to really work at something that is hard to chew on, other then metal bars.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 17, 2020

    Hello there,

    I would get advice from a vet or maybe a Dogs Home, on what you should use, as they probably have some experience with this problem. Best wishes

  • Could use use a pool noodle with a slit on one side to slip over?

  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 17, 2020

    Hi Katherine: Sounds like your dog is bored, loneley or both. Give him a Kong toy or something to keep his interest while he's in there. I've used Nyla bones for my dogs. Now they come in flavours. The Bitter Apple spray is good, too, but plastic, foam or anything that he can chew off is not good. The plastic can break and he can ingest some sharp pieces and your dog will have a bunch of problems and great pain. The foam noodles can lodge in his intestines and there will be surgery in his future, so nothing that he can tear or break off. You will need to put something on there that he can't get his teeth in, like wrapping the posts in aluminum. He can them caught in the crease and maybe break them off and you will have a doggie dental bill. I've had years of working with dogs and know the mischief they can get into, and they will. So, keep him interested, even if you leave a tv on for him, give him toys to play with - change them out every day - and keep company with him :) Dogs are very social in nature. Good luck and good dog! :)

  • Cherry Cherry on Sep 18, 2020

    Our the baby has a metal cage, however he's barely in it! 🐕😀

  • Cindy Cindy on Sep 19, 2020

    Hi Katherine. Pet Smart sells products made for this exact purpose. I wanted to deter our dog from chewing wooden base boards. I bought a spray deterrent and it worked well. I don't remember the brand name. This was approx 10 years ago. Take a walk in Pet Smart. They have a whole section of deterrents to choose from. Good luck Katherine.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Sep 30, 2020

    Pool noodles will for sure help you out in this process