My two yellow labs seem to think that we live in a gingerbread house. We have 6 vents at the bottom of our house in the back yard.
My two angels have made it a mission to pull off 3 of the 6 vent covers about 2-3 times a week. Each day when I get home, the first thing I do is go out to the backyard to give them love and they both duck their heads in submission... totally giving away the fact that they did a no-no.
They know that eating the vent covers is wrong, I see that in the way they react as they see me. Why on earth do they keep doing this??? Don't think they don't have toys either... it looks like a daycare center in my back yard with all their toys!
I should buy stock in Home Depot. I have purchased enough spare vent covers to keep them in business for a long time!
If I were to walk by one of the vents that has been chewed up or off, stand next to it, they cower and put their tails between their legs, I don't even have to say anything and it could have been a vent that was chewed several days before hand.
It's like they remember... totally weird.
I'm gonna try the tabasco and make a paste to put on it. Bitter apple wouldn't due... they both LIKE the taste of it, go figure!
I don’t think the vents are their intended target. There is probably something behind them they are trying to get to under the house. Maybe they see a rabbit, a squirrel or other rodents that is “teasing” them. Or, they may feel the cool air coming from under the house and trying to get under there to cool off.
You can try putting lots of ground black pepper around the vents too. One good sniff will make them regret sticking their nose there. If it is practical, you can put an electric fence wire close to the vents. That should work for sure.
One fun solution is to go to the nearest feed/farm store and get some hot wire. Run it along the lenght of the house, tacking it atop each cover and turn it on.
A few shocks will tell them that destroying the house is not fun.
The problem with leaving dogs outside is that they get into trouble. I have some dogs that are always crated when I'm not home becuase they will find something to do inside or outside that I really have no interst in htem doing.
Could you attach a shake can (can with some pennies) to them the rattle may distract them. My younger dog loves to eat pillows and the doors we attached a shake can to them and when he pulled a pillow or pushed the door the tattle of the can threw him off. He is done with doors, but pillows well we are still working on