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Old 09-14-2019, 11:51 AM   #1
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Dogs and screen door

Suggestions needed - I have 3 little terriers that will travel with me. I already know that the screen door (5.0) will be in "jeopardy". Can anyone suggest what works best to protect my screen door from those furry, little beasts??

I cannot leave them at home - I'm single with no one to watch them. Boarding is waaaaay too expensive.
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Old 09-14-2019, 11:58 AM   #2
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If you're concerned about them clawing the screen and damaging it - it's a pretty thin, fine material - you can rescreen with Pet Screen or a similar more durable material that little claws will not hurt. A few people have also added a metal or plastic guard - commonly available at home improvement stores or online - to the lower section of the door.

If they are likely to jump or push against the screen door, check your latch and make sure it is grabbing securely. Sometimes there is just a very small piece of the door latch engaging the piece in the door jamb - you can add a washer or two under the door jamb piece to space it out if needed to hold the door latch securely.
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:05 PM   #3
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Thank you. I'm looking at something a bit more sturdy to be placed before the door. Baby gates may work but I'm going to keep looking for something not so bulky. They are a good furry bunch but I do expect little noses to press on screen. I will find something eventually...
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I've had good luck with hardware cloth.

https://www.google.com/search?q=hard...hrome&ie=UTF-8
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:16 PM   #5
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Something like one of those screen door protectors? I don't know what your screen door is like but this kind of thing might work or be adaptable to work.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Camco-De...3993/310362647
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The best way? For me it has always been to train them to not touch it, nor go through a door without permission. Has always worked for me, others though do not wish to do this.

Aside from that, I would go with David's suggestion of redoing the mesh with a dog resistant type. A bit pricier, but that stuff is really tough.
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Thank you. I'm looking at something a bit more sturdy to be placed before the door. Baby gates may work but I'm going to keep looking for something not so bulky. They are a good furry bunch but I do expect little noses to press on screen. I will find something eventually...
I think Bobbie’s idea may work . Or go to building supply like Home Depot and look for a aluminum piece you can attach with screws inside screen door . Measure what your screen door frame is in width and bottom length . Also check out protections that adjust for screen doors . Pat
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Old 09-15-2019, 08:35 PM   #8
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We currently use a dog gate, it's a bit of a hassle to keep putting it in place and removing it, but it works. Previously we used a plastic lid from storage box. Pretty much anything will work, could even be a piece of cardboard, maybe folded in half for storage.
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Old 09-15-2019, 10:06 PM   #9
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https://www.campingworld.com/screen-...ite-69158.html
This has stopped my very active and destructive labradoodle puppy, my door is still looking great
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On my screen doors in my sunroom I had a piece of polished aluminum sheared and I riveted it to the door. It was about 24” high. I unfortunately don’t have a pup right now but left it on as it made the sliding screen much stronger and from outside it hides shoes and other items.

Speaking of dogs, I’m sure everyone has seen this photo.
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Look up “expanded metal”. Lots of different versions of this stuff some even available at HD or Lowe’s. MSC and Grainger are other companies which carry the stuff. Would be relatively easy to fabricate a strong, light barrier that would still allow air flow and add very little weight or bulk to door. Used to make safety guards for machinery with it.
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Look up “expanded metal”. Lots of different versions of this stuff some even available at HD or Lowe’s. MSC and Grainger are other companies which carry the stuff. Would be relatively easy to fabricate a strong, light barrier that would still allow air flow and add very little weight or bulk to door. Used to make safety guards for machinery with it.
That is what I’m talking about just didn’t know what it is called . Very easy fix . Really don’t care for what RV stores sell . I feel dogs can get their nails caught etc. Pat
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Maybe this stuff.
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I installed the same screen protector that Dianne did from Camping World. I'm very happy with it and so are our herd of pugs!
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A piece of plexiglass, cut to size, will work and you can see outside. Velcro tabs in the corner hold it to the door framework. Oh, by the way, welcome to another middle Tennessean.
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A piece of plexiglass, cut to size, will work and you can see outside. Velcro tabs in the corner hold it to the door framework. Oh, by the way, welcome to another middle Tennessean.
Another excellent idea ! Pat
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I was planning on covering my entire screen door with plexiglass for fall and winter use anyway, this may speed up my project.
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A piece of plexiglass, cut to size, will work and you can see outside. Velcro tabs in the corner hold it to the door framework. Oh, by the way, welcome to another middle Tennessean.
The down side, restricts ventilation and at the level your critters live. 🤔I could see it as a storm door for colder weather.
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The down side, restricts ventilation and at the level your critters live. 🤔I could see it as a storm door for colder weather.
Can always drill a few holes for ventilation. Pat
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My dog made short work of the initial screen. When I went to find a piece of plexiglass to replace it, I noticed the hardware store had "pet-resistant" screen material. Figured I'd give it a try and so far it's been over a year of full-time travel without any issues. Probably not as thorough of protection as plexiglass or the screen protectors, but so far it's held up perfectly.
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