Asked on Mar 03, 2018

Wall/Door protection for dogs jumping and scratching paint or finish

Crafty Girl
by Crafty Girl
Concerned about our dog damaging the paint/finish on doors and walls due to jumping. Both permanent and temporary solutions since we will be in a rental for a short time. Thanks!

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  • Myz29674957 Myz29674957 on Mar 03, 2018

    LOWES sells pebbled Fiberglass 4ft x8 ft sheets 1/8inch thick in white + almond that can be cut to size and either be fastened with adhesive or screwed in to hold in place. Extremely durable and inexpensive.

  • Carol Sybrowsky Carol Sybrowsky on Mar 03, 2018

    I would talk to your landlord about acceptable solutions. I have had tenants do things to "protect" wall and doors (such as gluing floor tiles to the walls) that caused more damage than the dogs would have caused. Invest in a dog nail trimmer and learn how to use it safely. You can also train you dogs not to jump by putting a nickel in a can and rattling it every time the dog jumps up on a door, window sill or wall.

    • Crafty Girl Crafty Girl on Mar 04, 2018

      Thanks, Carol, for your recommendations. We have our dog's nails professionally trimmed regularly. We hired an in home dog trainer to help us address this and other issues, but, unfortunately our attempts have failed in this area. How do you apply your suggestion when our dog jumps when we are outside the garage door? We will try some of the other suggestions recommended by other homeowners.

  • Imjhale Imjhale on Mar 03, 2018

    I had plexiglass cut to fit ($1 per cut or free) and applied with heavy duty double stick Velcro. There were lots of expensive ones online (which gave me the idea) but this worked for me when I rented. Use orange cleaner or Glue gone when removing to avoid damaging paint when you pull the Velcro off the for

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    • Imjhale Imjhale on Mar 04, 2018

      I understand, my dog did the same thing. She is a rescue and I think had some separation anxiety. It's all but resolved, though she still paws the door briefly when I come home. Don't use the oil based cleaners/removers on porous surfaces. You can also use alcohol pads or dip q-tips in alcohol to remove. It just takes a little longer. I'm not sure how big/tall your dog is, but you may need to go above their reach to keep them from pulling it down with their toenails. If so, use whole sheet and have cut out for door knob or splice two pieces closely together, no gap for nails. Good luck with your fur baby!

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Mar 04, 2018

    I'd look into getting a plexiglass piece cut and place over the area you dog is scratching. It's subtle and will protect the area

  • Janet Janet on Mar 04, 2018

    Put up a sheet of vinyl

  • Karen Reilly Karen Reilly on Mar 05, 2018

    talk to your landlord first and see what he says or you may lose your deposit.