We were eating dinner and we put the puppy outside during dinner so that the children don't feed her and so that she doesn't jump up on us while we're trying to eat. Well, she ate a huge hole in my screen door! My husband says it will cost a lot to replace it. He wanted to boot her over the fence, but instead he elected to put her in the kennel. I guess I'll just spray down the next screen door with the bitter apple, she hates that stuff. The screen door....wow.
Wow! I've always been a little nervous that our dog might jump through our screen door. You poor thing! It must be frustrating. Thankfully, Jada hasn't chewed anything of real importance...well, except for my husbands flight simulator computer game. He was NOT happy about that. Luckily we were able to replace it easily. Hang in there.
screen doors are not cheap. its seems sometimes that dogs pick out the expensive stuff to destroy. i have over 75 collectible teddy bears. one is an antique. that was the one that annie decided to get ahold of and totally destroy. ggrrr. she was REALLY in the dog house for that one ! lol
dogs have an uncanny knack for picking out the wrong thing to play with or chew up. not that they are a big deal expense but my son had tiger slippers that he loved and the dogs decided to use one of them one night for a tug of war toy. he was very upset poor kid =(
My dog... Dogue de Bordeaux... is exceedingly friendly with family/friends and livestock, reserved but content with "introduced" strangers and generally easygoing. By generally I mean he gets tunnel vision when truly motivated or agitated and has crashed head first thru 2 sliding doors and one 14"x14" panel window on front door. Thank heaven for tempered glass!!! Ok, I'll admit it... my dog isn't too bright, or needs glasses or both..LOL Problem is if I throw him over the fence I'll hurt my back(he's a big one), he'll come back immediately looking for a biscuit after supper and I still have to vaccuum glass. BTW no more sliding glass doors here and front entry door is no longer used...never was the actual front of the home in the first place for one reason or another. Screens ain't cheap by any means either, I understand. Replaced more than a few that were fortunately non-dog related :).
I am not an expert but I know you can replace the screen and not the entire door. You just cut the screen to the appropriate size and remove the old screen and put the new one in place. LOL I too have had to replace the screens so I know it can be done.
Our puppy pen (the one we use to first introduce puppies to playing outside) is right outside my 5 ft window. The charm of this is that when I'm in my living room or kitchen I can see exactly what they are up to. The downfall, once and a while I get a puppy that realizes that the window leads back to me and they get working on the screen...
Not bad, except we also use this pen for females in heat. I made the mistake of leaving the window open one day when Lady was in heat and outside. She's a BIG baby when she is in heat and rather than try and get to a male, she'll do anything to get to my bed (it's a water bed so I see the appeal of it for her...). She very discretely pulled just one corner of the screen up and wiggled in through the window so she could nap where SHE wanted to. :)
All I can say is that my Dad is very handy and re screening windows has become a hobby. My Mom's Toby thinks he can get the deer that wander on to the lawn at night through the screen and Dad redoes that one every other month or so...
What baffles me is that I have one girl with a string fetish. Shoelaces, tank tops with string straps, thong underwear... they aren't safe if she gets ahold of them. It's amazing how having her around has taught me to put my laundry away more quickly...
My dog did the same thing but my husband cut a thin piece of metal place it across the bottle of our patio door and nail it on there .our chi can still look out but it just enough for his little head to look out. everytime he tries to eat another hole in the screen. his feet keep sliding down on the metal and he can't stand up on it.I love it when we win. b/c MR.Teacup always try to out smart us lol.....
Well, we'll take the screen door to Home Depot on Thursday and see if they can tell us how to repair it. My husband thinks it has to be replaced though :o( Whatever we do, I'll definitely be looking into those screen reinforcers you've mentioned and I'm still going to soak the whole thing in bitter apple.
Ouch on the screen door. A better idea might be to teach your dog proper manners when people are at the table. With ours, we ignore them when we eat, and if they jump up we knee them roughly off. We're downright mean about it so they know that the behavior is very bad.
If that doesn't work, vinegar/water spray in the nose makes them get the idea almost immediately. Ours aren't even allowed to look at us when we eat. If they sneak peeks we can say "Are you looking??!" And they immediately look away from us, their whoel body language "I wasnt' looking!!"
The dogs are never fed human food from anything other than their dog dishes. We never gie them anything off a human plate, and never give them food while we're eating. It's hard sometimes but our dogs have impeccable manners when people come over and we're all eating, they don't beg at all. So it's worth it.
In the mean time, is there a reason you can't just crate your dog while you're eating?
We don't crate the dog when she's eating because she sits there and barks and whines at us while clawing at the gate. It's not really great dinner noise.
Letting her out in the house is something we don't do when the children are around because she keeps jumping on them. She's put claw marks on my son's back, stomach and face. We just elect to keep her away from the children altogether. They refuse to come out of their room with her around because she hurts them. She also tends to nip at them, and it scares my youngest.
I was told to use bitter apple when she bites and I did. It works great, so long as you're holding the bottle. She looks for the bottle now and if you're not holding it, she'll still nip at your hands and face. If you're holding it, she won't bite at all.
My husband is quite upset with her. She's been eating the deck as well. There are big chunks out of it. We're kind of at a loss.