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Do You Have Puppy Potty Training Problems?

potty training puppy

I am guessing that you either do have or have recently had a problem house training a new puppy. I think everybody has that problem sooner or later. However, when you finish reading this article you will see how easy it is by just following the rules.

Before we get started I do want to mention that you have to be consistent and follow the rules. Also, I want you to remember that this is usually only a 4 – week program depending on your puppy’s age. So you will not have to do this forever.

I have literally helped 1000’s of people house train their puppies and some of them have really been difficult cases for one reason or another. This program works!

There are 3 places that your dog must be at all times during this program for it to work.

The first place is a crate. We are using the crate to help the pup have control. There should be nothing in the crate because we don’t want the puppy peeing on a blanket or towel. We want the pup to learn that if it pees it will have to stand, sit or lay in it. Mother nature will say don’t do that again.

Remember that a crate is the GREATEST gift you can give your dog because it is a den animal. Here is an article I wrote about which crate is best.

The second-place your dog can be is on the GRASS. That is where we want it to do its business in the future so the more time your dog is on the grass the better. Dogs develop a preference for where they do their business. The more it uses your hardwoods, tile, or carpet the more of a habit it becomes.

The third-place your dog can be at all times is IN FRONT OF YOU. I mean that literally so here is how it is done. You put on the dog’s collar and then attach a leash. Now take the leash and attach it to your belt.

If you don’t normally wear a belt throw one on. The reason we want the dog attached to us is that most puppies do not want to do their business in front of you in the house. You know what I mean. You have probably seen where your puppy likes to go behind the couch or around the corner so you don’t see it.

So as you can already see if you follow these very simple rules your dog will not have a chance to have an accident in your home.

Be sure and remember that puppies pee when they wake up from a nap, get excited, and drink water so make sure that you take them out at all the
appropriate times.

Give these tips a try and I think you will be amazed how quickly your pup will be potty-trained.

If you have an older dog and not a puppy it will work the same way but sometimes easier than with a pup.

Just one final thought. Following these rules will also help keep your pup from being able to chew on items around the house. That means your dog will not develop that horrible chewing on everything I can get to habit.

How to Stop a Dog from Jumping on the Counter

dog jumping on counter

Surely, when it comes to bad dog behavior, there isn’t much more frustrating than placing a delicious plate of food on the table, forgetting to place a cover on it, and returning to discover your dog has enjoyed your dinner.  Not only is your food gone, but your dog is eating food that probably isn’t good for him.

dog jumping on kitchen table

As an owner, this should be an easy problem to fix, right?  Your dog shouldn’t be stealing food from you, or so you think.  You’re the one in charge.  Your dog is the dog.  This is your house.  But, in actuality, where food is concerned, lots of dogs get a glazed look in their eyes and turn into food monsters.  Owner?  What owner?

That’s why it’s your job, as the owner, to train your dog about the basic boundaries regarding food, and the consequences, when it comes to tables and counters.

Setting Boundaries

The very first thing you have to do is stop giving your dog any table scraps.  If you command your dog not to get any food from the counter but you turn around and offer him the same food later, you will only confuse your dog.

On the other hand, if you show your dog that the food is yours and he is never allowed to have it, you are setting a boundary that your dog can understand.

How to Stop dog from jumping on Table

With that out of the way, you can teach your dog that he won’t get anything by trying to reach the counter.  As with other behaviors, you need to teach him that there are consequences if he does it.  That doesn’t mean you should punish your dog.  That usually doesn’t work.  Instead, you will show your dog that something unpleasant happens.

To begin, try to keep food away from your dog and out of his reach as much as you can.  Even if the training is going well, don’t tempt your dog or put food in his way.  Secondly, you need to make the behavior of jumping up toward the table or counter scary and unpleasant for your dog.

You can do this by placing something on the table or counter that your dog will knock down when he jumps up.  You can use bottles or empty soda cans filled with a few pennies or rocks.  These items are very loud when they rattle and they should scare your dog away.

It might take a few days or more for your dog to learn, but most dogs usually learn quickly that when he jumps up to grab something to eat, he will encounter something noisy, loud, and unpleasant instead.

Maintaining Your Authority

Your dog will continue to respect you as long as you keep your position as the alpha leader in your home.  For some people counter jumping is never an issue because the dog has respect for them and their authority.  But you need to keep that authority.

Don’t weaken and give your dog table scraps or ask him to clean up some food at the table or on the kitchen floor.  Once you have set your boundaries you need to keep them.

If you begin making exceptions you will just confuse your dog and that will lead to situations that will result in missing food and household members who will be angry.  If you have to, you can resort to blocking your dog from going into rooms where there is food that he could grab.

Whatever the situation in your home, you should keep in mind that it’s a bad idea to let your dog have access to your tables and counters and it can result in some hungry humans and maybe a very sick dog.

Please share your thoughts.  Does your dog get on tables and counters?  How were you able to stop it?  Don’t be shy, please leave a comment below.  We can’t wait to read your response!

Why do Puppies Hump Things?

Why do Puppies Hump?

Why Do Dogs Hump Things?

You may have seen dogs who hump toys or cushions or who try to hump other dogs. You may have even had dogs that humped your leg — which is not really very amusing if you are the person who is being humped. All of this humping may have left you wondering what it’s all about.

Different dogs can hump things for different reasons. All humping is a movement mimicking the sexual act. However, that does not mean that every time a puppy or dog humps something they want to have sex.

For instance, if you watch very young puppies playing, they will often hump each other. Both boys and girls display this behavior. They are just playing and practicing for later in life. They are developing sexual roles as well as using humping to display dominance. This is all done in play and there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s quite normal at this age.

For some puppies, the behavior can become a habit. They can continue to try to dominant other puppies or dogs with humping behavior. It doesn’t have to be sexual in nature. They may try to hump dogs of the same sex. In a reverse situation, humping can be a way for a dog to try to show another dog that they want to be part of their group. “Hey, I’m one of you!” They may try to hump larger or older dogs. This almost appears to be a form of hero-worship.

Dogs can also hump people or things if they have a physical problem, such as itches or irritations in the genital area. They are essentially trying to rub the area on something to make it feel better. This can also become a habit.

Of course, when a bitch is in the season there may be humping behavior long before there is any actual mating. Males may try to hump the female. The female may try to hump the male to arouse his interest, and so on. This is essentially courting behavior. Sometimes humans are inadvertently brought into the mix and a male or female (more often a male) may hump someone’s leg if they happen to be around.

Neutering or spaying a dog does not necessarily stop humping behavior. Since humping can be a learned behavior — a habit — it is usually a mental action, not a physical need. There are many spayed and neutered dogs who continue humping unless they are trained to stop the behavior.

The best way to train your dog not to hump is to teach him to do some other desired behavior when he starts to hump. Teach him to do a trick instead. Or teach him to simply obey basic commands such as Sit, Lie Down, or something else.

Certainly not all dogs hump. This is very individual behavior. Stopping your dog early when he starts humping your leg or other unacceptable things will usually stop the behavior. It is mostly seen in immature dogs. Most adult dogs do grow out of it unless the behavior is allowed to become an ingrained habit.

Do you have problems with a humping dog? Were you able to solve the problem? Tell us about your successes.

Why Does My Dog Lick My Face?

Why Dogs Lick Our Faces

Dogs can mean a lot of different things when they lick. Believe it or not, licking is a form of communication for dogs, as well as something dogs, use for grooming and eating. So it can serve multiple purposes. That makes it complicated and a little hard to figure out at times.

Why Dogs Lick Our Faces

Licking begins in the whelping box, along with most of the behaviors that your dog displays. A mother dog licks her pups to stimulate them when they’re firstborn. Licking encourages their circulation, it rouses them, removes the membrane covering them when they’re firstborn, and it stimulates them to nurse. Later on, the mother will lick them to encourage their bowel movements and to wash them. Of course, to someone observing a mother taking care of her pups, all of this probably looks like maternal love! And it may be, but it still serves many purposes.

As they get older, puppies will lick their mothers (and other adult dogs) around the lips to try to stimulate them to regurgitate partially digested food for them. This is quite normal for wolves and wild dogs, but our domesticated dogs can do it, too. This behavior — licking a mother figure around the face — may be retained later in life. Perhaps this is the reason why dogs try to lick people around the face? In some cases, this could be true.

As communication, puppies will lick around the faces of their elders to show their submission. A dog may also lick its owner’s face for this same purpose.

Dogs also engage in licking behavior out of nervousness or because of feelings of anxiety. Licking may help to relieve the nervousness. A dog may lick as a way to try to appease someone higher in the “pack” and the pack may include their owner. If your dog is nervous or anxious, or fears that he has made you angry, he may try to lick around your face as a way to make up with you.

Dogs can also lick people as a way of getting attention. Like other behaviors, licking can be learned and become a habit if you reinforce it. For instance, if your dog licks you and you think it’s cute, you may laugh or pet your dog. This will encourage your dog to lick you again in the future because he’s getting positive attention (or any attention) for performing this behavior. If your dog is very socially bold he may become very pushy about this behavior and try to lick your face whenever he feels like it. It can be difficult to break this habit once it gets started.

Some dogs can lick things compulsively. This licking is usually directed at their own grooming but it can also include things such as woodwork or furniture. In some cases, it may also include the owner. Dogs may lick toes, feet, hands, and faces in a compulsive way. You may need to talk to your veterinarian about medication to help with these compulsions and you will need to work on changing your dog’s behavior.

Dogs may lick someone’s face for a lot of different reasons depending on the individual dog. If you want the behavior to stop, try to figure out what’s motivating your dog. Is he nervous? Is licking a habit? Is he trying to get attention? Once you know why your dog is licking you, then you can work on what to do about the behavior.

What about your dogs…tell us why they lick your face.

Why do Dogs Sniff my Crotch

Why do Dogs Sniff my Crotch

It’s one of the most embarrassing things dogs do. You’re standing there talking to someone, having a nice chat, when all of a sudden your dog pokes his nose in your friend’s crotch. Needless to say, your friend does not appreciate the familiarity. It’s not very pleasant when your dog does it to you, either. But why do dogs do it? What makes your dog, who sees you hours and hours a day, shove his nose where it doesn’t belong and try to take a good long whiff like he’s never seen you before?

Well, unlike humans, dogs rely on their keen sense of smell to tell them a great deal about the world. It’s estimated that dogs have 220 million sense receptors in their nostrils. Humans have a mere five million. They can tell a lot more about the world by smelling than we can. When a dog wants to really “know” something, instinct and experience have taught him to smell a thing.

Not only does your dog rely on his nose to know a thing, but canine social interaction teaches him that it’s polite to get to know other dogs from the rear first. If dogs meet face to face for the first time it can be dangerous. That’s where the teeth are. It’s wiser to take things slowly and meet head to tail. So dogs greeting each other for the first time sniff each other’s behinds. This is more than simply being polite. They can tell a lot of information about each other by smelling each other’s bottoms. A dog’s anal glands are located in the rear. Anal glands give off lots of scent for marking. By smelling this scent dogs can get an idea of the other dog’s age, health, sex, and other important information. They can tell things like his attitude and whether the other dog is hostile to him. This kind of dog behavior goes right back to their wolf ancestors and it’s very ingrained so it’s no wonder that dogs tend to use similar behavior when they meet other animals and people. They look for the smelliest part of other animals to get an idea of their status and intentions.

Thus, when dogs meet people they see no reason why they shouldn’t go for the crotch and check it out. Your dog is merely behaving the way he behaves around other animals and other dogs. People may not have anal glands but your dog is looking for a place on the body that does contain a high proportion of human scent glands. Your dog can tell a lot about a person by sniffing in such a personal place. It’s no reflection on the person and not any sign that the person is “smelly.” Your dog is just being a normal, nosy dog and looking for personal information. They say that curiosity killed the cat but dogs are probably even nosier. They don’t seem to believe that humans have any right to privacy. That’s why your dog can come up to you and sniff your crotch even though he has seen you all day. He’s just checking on you, making sure things haven’t changed since the last time he checked.

Of course, dogs don’t “have” to get so up close and personal to be able to tell a lot about you. It’s more of a bad habit. They are perfectly able to smell all they want about your personal parts from some distance away. You can teach your dog to give a more polite greeting (in human terms). You can teach your dog to sit when he starts to sniff you, or to sniff a hand instead of your crotch. However, you shouldn’t try to punish your dog for sniffing crotches. Your dog will probably be confused if you yell at him or punish him for doing something that seems so natural to him. Teaching him to do something more acceptable instead is usually a better approach. You can distract him with a noise, a squeaky, or a treat and start teaching him the substitute behavior.

Why Is The Dog Jealous Of My Boyfriend?

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How to Deal with a Jealous Dog

This is a problem I see quite often with my dog training clients so I thought I would write an article about how to deal with a jealous dog.

We value our dogs for many reasons, including the close relationship we can enjoy with them. Dogs are loyal, devoted, and loving. They are often our best friends. So, it’s not surprising that many dogs can be very attached to one person even when that person is part of a couple. You may find yourself asking at times why your dog is jealous of your spouse.

Your dog can be jealous of your spouse for many of the same reasons that a child would be. Your dog can feel bonded to you. He may feel that you are his “special person.” He may look upon you like a substitute mother or, at the very least, as a pack leader. Any other relationships that you form threaten to distance your dog from you and reduce the amount of time you spend together. Your other relationships may reduce the importance of your dog in your life and your dog instinctively knows this.

If you prefer more concrete reasons for your dog’s possible jealousy, your dog may be jealous of your spouse for reasons as simple as the time that your spouse spends with you. It could also be because your spouse gets the best place on the bed. Maybe your dog used to be able to sleep on the bed before you were married and now he’s not allowed to do so anymore. Your dog may be jealous of your spouse because he sees you lavishing affection on your spouse and your dog feels left out.

Although it can be a bad idea to anthropomorphize your dog too much, when it comes to jealousy, it’s likely that your dog gets jealous for many of the same reasons that people do. He may look upon you as someone special to him, and him alone, and he doesn’t like to see your spouse intruding on your relationship together.

There are plenty of tales about jealous dogs and how they can act out in the home. They range from dogs that may ignore your spouse to dogs that may pee on your spouse’s belongings. Some dogs may set out to destroy things that belong to your spouse. In extreme cases a dog may wage a battle with your spouse for your attention, inserting himself between the two of you both literally and figuratively. He may try to sit between you on the sofa, for instance, or interrupt kisses by jumping up on you. If your dog is jealous he will probably give some not very subtle clues about his feelings so your spouse knows that he or she is not welcome.

If your dog is jealous it can make things difficult in the home. Your spouse may try to win your dog over but, depending on the dog, this may or may not be successful. Some dogs may become friendlier to the spouse but some dogs won’t. With time most dogs will eventually accept that the spouse is not going to go away and some kind of détente can be worked out.

Why does my dog bark at my husband but not me?

If your dog is jealous of your spouse you should support your spouse and let your dog know that you expect him to respect your spouse in the home. For instance, if your spouse wants to sit down and your dog is occupying the space next to you, it’s a good idea to back your spouse up and make your dog get down. You want to send your dog the message that he needs to obey the spouse, if for no other reason than because you say so. The same goes for your bed. Make sure that your dog understands that your spouse belongs there and has a higher status than the dog.

On the other hand, you should also make time to spend with your dog. Do not ignore him or leave him out. Make sure that he gets plenty of your time and attention. His role may be different with your spouse in the house but he should still feel loved and wanted. If you find ways to include your dog in your activities, along with your spouse, then you will have fewer problems with a jealous dog.

Do you have any jealous dog stories to tell us about?  Use the comment area to tell us about your experiences.

Why does my Dog Sit on my Feet

Dog Sits on my Feet

There are many reasons why a dog may like to sit on an owner’s feet. It all depends on the dog and the other behaviors they exhibit. What kind of dog is it? Is he a pushy dog? A love bug? A dog that always likes to be touching someone? Is this an anxious dog who doesn’t like to let the owner out of its sight? The same behavior can be caused by lots of different things, depending on the particular dog.

If you have a dog that is very dominant, then your dog could like to sit on your feet as a way to assert himself over you. He is physically pinning you down and putting himself in a more powerful position. But this would only be the case if this particular dog does other things that make you believe he is trying to be dominant.

Does your dog need constant reassurance? Are they always looking for love and affection? Do they want to be touching you all the time? In this case, the dog may be sitting on your feet simply as a way to stay in physical touch with you.

Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety? Do they follow you from room to room? Do they go to pieces if they can’t see you? In this case, the dog may be trying to reassure himself about your presence. He may be looking for comfort by touching you.

Maybe your dog simply likes to be near you. There doesn’t have to be any particular reason why a dog likes to sit on an owner’s feet. Maybe the dog gets some petting when he does this and he likes it.

Your dog may also like to sit on your feet as a way of “claiming” you. Perhaps he feels that he needs to let your spouse or another dog know that you are “his.” Dogs do display this kind of possessive behavior and can become very jealous of an owner.

This is a good example of the way different behaviors can have lots of different interpretations depending on the particular dog — and the owner.

If you like for your dog to sit on your feet then there is no particular reason to make your dog stop it. If you don’t like the behavior then you can discourage it. Don’t pet your dog when he sits on your feet. You can teach him to do something else that you like better instead. Toss a treat for him and teach him to lie down a few feet away, for example. Make sure that you give him lots of praise for keeping his distance.

If you have a very needy dog then it may take some time to teach this lesson because your dog thrives on being closer to you. Be patient.

If your dog is being jealous of you and showing possessive or guarding behavior then you do need to do something about it. Your dog looks upon you as a “resource” and he is guarding you just as he would a bone or a bowl of food. You should let him know that this is not appropriate behavior. If this is the case, then when he sits on your feet to claim you, you should get up and move. Let him know, in subtle ways, that you are not exclusively his. If you let him guard you then it will eventually make life difficult with a spouse or with other pets in the household, or even with children.

Do you have a dog that exhibits this behavior? What have you done to eliminate it?

My Dog Plays Too Rough with Me & the Kids

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If you’ve ever seen your dog getting a little rough with your child then you know how scary it can be.  You may have felt scared and angry, or even yelled at your dog to stop, or punished him for his behavior.  Most of the time a dog doesn’t have any idea he was doing something wrong.

Most dogs are very playful animals.  They’re social animals and they learn to play and interact with the other dogs and people in their pack.  To a dog, a child looks more like another dog than you do, and they are closer in size to other dogs.  It’s little wonder that your dog wants to play with a child.  However, when dogs play with kids they can often get rough.  They can go too far by accident, or treat a child as though he’s really another dog.

Of course, there are lots of reasons why this kind of behavior isn’t good.  Your child can be scared or could be injured.  Or, even if your child isn’t scared or injured, another child might be, such as a neighbor’s child, or a child at a dog park.

If your dog runs into a dog park and starts playing with a child as if he’s another dog, that child’s parents will be upset, but your dog may not have any idea what he did wrong.  Instead of letting your dog play with children in this way, you have to be able to stop this behavior right away.

Correcting Behaviors

You’ll need to correct your dog’s behaviors.  It’s not enough to tell your dog not to play roughly with children. Your dog won’t be able to understand this kind of command.  You will only confuse your dog and that will make him more dangerous than a dog that plays roughly.

Don’t try to set “conditions” for your dog’s behavior.  Instead, you need to stop certain behaviors completely.  You need to eliminate all of your dog’s rough behavior.  These rough behaviors include jumping, mouthing (when a dog wraps his mouth around your hand or arm), and chewing.

These are all behaviors that dogs do with each other, but they are not acceptable when dogs do them with children or with other humans.  The best way to stop your dog from engaging in these behaviors is to immediately stop playing with your dog whenever he shows one of these behaviors.  You shouldn’t punish your dog when he does these things, as that will confuse your dog, but you should immediately stop playing with him.

You need to draw a clear line in the sand about each one of these rough behaviors and why your dog should be calmer.  If you do this then it will be much easier to keep control of y our dog’s behavior.

Coping With Children

You also need to tell your children to stop playing roughly with your dog.  This isn’t always easy, especially if your kids like to wrestle or rough house with your dog.  However, it’s very important for you to set consistent boundaries for your dog.  Your children shouldn’t encourage your dog to play roughly when you are trying to teach your dog not to be rough.

You should also practice keeping a calm and assertive stance toward your dog when your children are near.  This kind of attitude will help eliminate chances for your dog to get worked up and overly playful.

When you and your dog are in open spaces, such as dog parks or in your yard, keep a close eye on your dog.  Teach your dog a command for them to immediately relax.  You can use a command such as “sit” or “stay” or even “come,” but the command needs to be completely understood so when you use it your dog responds.  This can stop possible problems before they get started.

Remember that when your dog plays roughly with children he’s not trying to hurt them. Your dog is just having fun.  Your dog is just trying to let your kids know how much fun he’s having.  The problem is that most kids have a different idea about what’s fun than your rowdy puppy.

One other thing to keep in mind is that if there’s any real aggression when your dog is playing roughly, that makes things completely different.  In that case you have to treat the situation more seriously.  You should never allow an aggressive dog near children.  If your dog is aggressive, and not just rambunctious and rowdy, then you should seek help from an expert before things get out of control.  Rough play is normal with many dogs and puppies.  Aggression is not normal and you will need the help of a professional.

Why Does My Dog Lick The Air?

dog licking air

This is a question I was asked by one of my clients recently so I thought I do a little research and see if I could find out the answer. Dogs seem to lick the air for several different reasons. Sometimes dog owners think it’s their way of getting a kiss but actually, it can be a lot more serious than that.

One of the reasons your dog might be licking the air is that he has something wrong with his mouth. He could have something caught between his teeth something wrong with his gums and even something stuck to the roof of his mouth like a stick for example. If your dog will allow it take a look in his mouth and see if you can find anything that could be causing him to lick.

Another reason for licking the air could be nausea. Has your dog eaten anything that could have upset his stomach? Have you noticed your dog eating grass? Has your dog thrown up or acted like it needed to throw up?

Sometimes with dogs that have obsessive behaviors licking at the air is really a common occurrence and it’s not serious at all. Dogs, just like human beings can sometimes have psychological issues that cause compulsive obsessive behavior.

My research also found that a dog with this behavior could be suffering from acid reflux just like human beings. In fact, some dogs are switched to a bland diet and given Pepcid to alleviate the problem.

It appears that dogs with this type of problem sometimes also suffer from pica. Pica is an illness where dogs eat things that they shouldn’t. The list can include everything from dirt to rocks to sticks and of course, this can cause some indigestion and nausea.

Quite often the problem seems to come and go meaning it may last for a couple of days or a couple of weeks and then disappears again. I really feel that if your dog is suffering from this problem and it’s gone on for a while I think it would be time to take your dog to your veterinarian for a good examination. The examination should include a good oral exam to make sure there aren’t any dental problems going on as well.

I hope this article helped answer the question and maybe even has given you some ideas on why your dog seems to be licking the air.

How to Keep a Dog from Scratching the Door

how to get dogs to stop scratching doors

Is your dog scratching at the door?

Does your door look like it is 100 years old and needs to be replaced? Hopefully, this article has some solutions to the problem.

Scratching at the door can be a significant problem, especially if your dog has thick nails and he begins to damage a door. Even if you have a small dog, constant scratching at a door can cause damage and it’s annoying. There are some solutions to this problem, depending on why your dog is doing it.

Why is your dog scratching on the door?

Seeking attention

Some dogs scratch on the door to get attention. These dogs are also likely to scratch or paw at your leg when you aren’t paying attention to them, or do other things to get your attention. This is attention-seeking behavior and the best way to stop it is to ignore your dog. If you respond to your dog when he scratches the door, for this reason, you are just reinforcing the behavior because he is getting the attention he seeks. This is often the reason that a dog will scratch at an interior door. So, try to ignore the behavior and it should stop.

To go outside

On the other hand, many puppies learn when they’re young to scratch at the door to let their owner know they need to go outside. This is useful for a puppy but it becomes a problem when the puppy grows up into an adult dog that can damage the door by scratching on it. The dog needs to learn a new method to let you know he needs to go outside.

how to stop dog from scratching door

You can solve this problem by hanging a small bell by your door and teaching your dog to hit the bell with his paw or nose instead of scratching on the door when he needs to go outside. Most dogs learn to do this quickly when you praise and reward them for hitting the bell and take them outside to the potty. This works for dogs who are scratching the door to go outside, however, you should NOT use the bell for dogs who are seeking attention. They will drive you crazy by ringing the bell!

Too much energy

Some dogs scratch on doors because they have too much energy. They are bored and looking for something to do. Scratching on the door is a kind of activity or exercise for them. These dogs need more exercise! If your dog falls in this category, try to take him out for more exercise each day. If he’s a little more tired from some healthy exercise, he won’t be tempted to scratch on the door for fun.

How to stop dog from scratching door

I’ve had really good results using a small air horn, the kind you can buy in a sporting goods store where they have the soccer equipment. When the dog is outside scratching at the door I give a blast of the horn at the crack of the door without him seeing me. When the dog is scratching at the inside door I do the same but without him seeing the horn.

Try these methods and one of them should work for your and your dog before you have to replace your door.