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If you have a pet dog, your sliding glass door can become a casualty of scratching as your dog asks to be let out. Dirt, scratches on the glass finish, and dog saliva ruins the aesthetic appearance of your door and can even shorten its lifespan. Here are some tips you can use to help reduce the damage your dog does to your sliding glass door.
1. Train your dog.
The first line of defense in keeping your glass door safe from damage is to train your dog not to scratch at the door. Dogs will always do what works for them; if scratching gets them outside, they will continue to scratch. You need to show your dog that you will let them outdoors without them needing to scratch. If the behavior no longer makes sense, they will stop doing it. To do this, you will need watch your dog carefully. If they approach the door, go with them and command them to sit. When they sit, offer a treat or enthusiastic praise and open the door. When they approach the door the next few times, only offer a treat if they sit and then open the door. Soon, they will learn to sit calmly by the door when they need to be let out.
Dogs will also scratch to come in. You can teach the same principle by only allowing them in when they stop scratching, even if only for a few seconds. Say, "no scratch," and reward the no scratching with a treat. As you do this consistently and watch to make sure you notice when your dog approaches the door to be let inside, they will learn that you, as the leader of the pack, will anticipate their needs and let them in without scratching as a reminder.
If your dog still resorts to scratching, you can also implement negative reinforcement to discourage the behavior, like a natural consequence. Punishment (yelling, hitting) does not work with dogs, so it is best to do something to teach them that scratching is not a good idea. If your dog scratches the door, you can make a loud noise as they start to scratch, and say, "No scratch."
2. Install a protective film.
You can place an adhesive film over your door that protects the glass from scratches. Some films have a bad scent that will linger on a dog's paws after they scratch it, deterring them from scratching in the future. These films can be replaced when worn out, and they are much cheaper than paying for replacement glass that is permanently damaged.
3. Provide another way out.
Since dogs scratch to be let out to potty or because they are worried about being separated from the fun or from the rest of the pack (when you're outside gardening and he is left indoors), you can provide an alternative exit for your dog that will keep them from scratching at the door. For example, there are automated pet doors that open with a sensor on your dog's collar. When they need let out, they can use their own door. The doors come with locks that make it so if you don't want your dog outside, they can't go out, and they may still scratch-- but they will scratch their own doggie door instead of your glass door.
Other alternative exit ideas include training your dog to use a basement or back door instead of a patio door. Patio doors are often targets for dogs because they can see out the glass to the desired area. If you consistently only let your dog out through a solid door, they will leave the glass door alone.
For more information on replacement or repairs for sliding glass doors, contact a provider such as Solar Shield Windows.