Dog has ruined door again!

Handyman getting rich fixing french door! Tried balloons and dog guard plastic door guard and he's managed to claw through it at bottom corner - the dog not the handyman!
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  • Shoshana Shoshana on Mar 30, 2017
    It sounds like your furry friend has a lot of pent up energy. Maybe try giving him an opportunity to let it out by creating more play time for him outside.

  • Adrienne Gobuty Adrienne Gobuty on Apr 01, 2017
    Put on brass corners on both doors

  • Loi14134901 Loi14134901 on Apr 01, 2017
    Find a pretty fire place grill and attach to bottom of door.

  • Swinnen Lisette Swinnen Lisette on Apr 01, 2017
    When does the dog that? When he is home alone? Is it the outdoor?
    Does he want to go out : if there is no problem with the enclosed garden : make a doggie door in your door. If the door is giving out on the street : try some repellent for dogs on the door, keep the dog in another room or post someone behind that door and when that someone hears the dog's scratching, let him/her blow a horn (whatever noise that makes the dog scared when he scratches).

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Apr 01, 2017
    Stopping this behavior is difficult. Puppies need lots of toys to divert their attention...and someone to throw the toys around to draw their attention from the door. The bad news is they just have to grow out of this stage. Pups love old small rags to drag around!
    Dogs have to be put in a kennel when you leave the house until you know you can trust them.
    Some breeds just never learn. Some learn their lessons very quickly. Learn about your breed.
    You can buy metal plates to fit at the bottom of doors.
    We had a problem with the wet nose making our metal outside door rust. Hubs cut plexiglass to fit and screwed it to the door! That would work for chewing too!

  • Shaley Shaley on Apr 01, 2017
    IF ALL ELSE FAILS. There is one last resort, declaw front paws, there is a new lazer surgery that they carefully go in and only remove the claw itself, not the whole tip. Then they have a healing lazer that after a few treatments it heals very quickly.

  • Sue Sanders Sue Sanders on Apr 01, 2017
    I use a little pepper sprinkled around area I dont want neighbor dogs to damage. They liked to use my yard as their bathroom, especially my plants all along the front of my house. That stopped the mess as they remembered it was unpleasant to come to my flower beds. You will have to redo after a rain. Maybe a little pepper around the bottom of your door would give you the same results. Most animals like to sniff before doing anything.
    I also used a little pepper in my front porch potted plants when I noticed some digging around the edge of plants. So works on cats and squirrels too.

  • Rymea Rymea on Apr 01, 2017
    Are you saying he claws through wood? or screen? If wood then maybe sheet metal like brass or copper or even tin. If screen then get Hardware cloth. It is very strong 1/2" mesh that comes in a roll. We have used it on screen doors and our two large dogs haven't gotten through it yet. We made it higher than they could jump. It might even work over wood.
    Here is an example but it comes in different widths.

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Apr 01, 2017
    Cut up hot peppers and mix them in a spray bottle with water and use that every place you don't want the dog to visit or destroy. Best of luck.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Apr 03, 2017
    We have four dogs and the only time they scratch at a door is if we lock them in the dining room/backroom when we have company, as they are very people friendly and two of them are about 100 pounds. We put a doggy door in the back door that is weather friendly and they don't have to wait to get out when they want to hang out in the back yard or do their duty. Even the 10 pounder can get in and out of the door without a problem and she is about 14 years old and not as spry as she used to be. See if something like that would work, it might just be the solution.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 07, 2021

    Try putting a brass plate at the bottom with no wood sticking out ,you should find out why he’s doing that first and fix thT