Curious dogs want to watch the world go by, but when they use your screen door as a lookout, they tear holes in the mesh. When you're not home all day to keep Fido away from the screen, try these tactics to preserve the integrity of your screen door.
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Tip #1 - Replace your screen with extra-strong pet screen, which has a tighter weave of mesh for added security. Do this yourself in under an hour, or take the screen door to your local hardware store and have the mesh replaced for a fee.
Tip #2 - Install a < ahref='http://www.amazon.com/Safety-1st-Screen-Saver-White/dp/B0032FOOQQ">pet guard or push guard on the bottom of the screen door to keep a small dog from damaging the mesh fabric. These metal guards attaches to the door frame, covering the bottom portion of the screen door. This prevents your pet from even touching the screen, while still allowing air to circulate.
Tip #3 - Block your dog's access to your screen door by erecting a baby gate in the hallway. This works well if you can't alter your screen door and need to keep your pet away from the mesh. For example, if you rent an apartment and the landlord won't allow you to alter the door, this keeps your pet away and prevents damage you'll have to pay for later. If your dog jumps or is large, use two baby gates stacked on top of one another to contain your pooch.
By Elton Dunn
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A successful website writer since 1998, Elton Dunn has demonstrated experience with technology, information retrieval, usability and user experience, social media, cloud computing, and small business needs. Dunn holds a degree from UCSF and formerly worked as professional chef. Dunn has ghostwritten thousands of blog posts, newsletter articles, website copy, press releases and product descriptions. He specializes in developing informational articles on topics including food, nutrition, fitness, health and pets.