What can I do to protect my walls from scratching dogs?

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I have a labrador that is scratching my wall around my door paint is peeled off. What would be a tougher application for the wall around the door?

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  • You can use a thin sheet of perspex or you can buy decorative wall paneling from a hardware store to cover it.

  • William William on Jul 24, 2019

    You can glue FRP (fiberglass reinforced panel) around the door. It comes in white bit can be painted. You can also use plastic laminate for countertops and glue that around the door.

  • Gk Gk on Jul 24, 2019

    You can repair any dog claw scratches with some spackling or dry wall mud and then sand smooth and repaint-prime first. You could mount a piece of plexiglass in this area so the dog would scratch that rather than the wall. I am assuming he/she does this when it's time to go outside. My dogs would always claw the wood trim too! You might be able to teach your dog to ring a bell to go outside! It's rather easy to do! Then you could mount the bell on the wall on a hook that is away from the wall. It is hard to hear the bell sometimes if you are not in the same room/area.

    https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/teach-pup-ring-bell-to-go-outside

    https://www.rover.com/blog/bell-training-dogs-really-works-heres

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 24, 2019

    Hi Susanne: After doing what Anita suggests, make a mixture of 16 oz of water and a bottle of Oil of Clove or Clove Oil, same thing, in a spray bottle. Mix it well and spray it around your door. It smells nice, but tastes horrible. It's non-toxic, so it won't hurt anything or any one. You can buy the oil at any candy making store or your local grocery store may carry it. It comes in a bottle about 2 inches tall and only costs a couple of bucks. When your dog scratches the door, spritz your finger, tell him no and put your finger on his lips. Then, spray the area. Once he tastes it, he will give the area a wide berth when he smells it! Good luck!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 30, 2019

    You can do the same thing with hot sauce. I had a puppy once that loved to chew the leg (just one) of my antique coffee table. I painted the sauce on the leg and he never touched a wood object again!