When it comes to pets, blinds don’t stand a chance. Whether it’s dogs desperately trying to see if you’re finally home or puppies that are seeking out its enemies, your blinds are in danger.
So why do pet’s love to destroy blinds? Although many of the things our pets do mystify us, this one is pretty easy to understand. They simply want to see what’s going on outside!
Dogs fall into three categories. Depending on which one you’re dealing with, you’ll need a different approach to correct it.
- When your dog sees something outside, it goes crazy and destroys the blinds. From a dog’s perspective, blinds are just an obstruction keeping them from the window. When there’s a squirrel or FedEx man outside, the blinds just become a casualty of the resulting frenzy to get out there.To solve this issue, keep the blinds raised part way to allow your pup to see out and avoid damage. You can prevent this issue altogether by teaching your dog to stay calm in exciting situations. The “leave it” command is perfect for this problem.
- Your puppy is a chewer and loves eating the blinds. A lot of dogs, especially puppies, will chew on anything in site. If your blinds have become their teething stick, it’s because they don’t have anything else to chew on.For this issue, you should start by discouraging your dog from gnawing on the blinds by spraying the slates with sour apple spray. It smells and tastes terrible to dogs, but is neutral to humans. They’ll definitely steer clear from it from now on.
However, the chewing habit is the larger problem to be addressed. When you’re away from home, enclose your dog in a safe room and give them special toys that are hidden away otherwise. Treat-filled toys and meat flavored bones are especially enticing. These toys will keep them busy and make them forget about the blinds.
- Your dog tends to overreact whenever you leave. Some dogs eat doors, destroy crates and tear up window treatments much to their owner’s dismay. This may seem like normal dog behavior, but there’s a lot more going on under the surface.If your dog is clingy, panics when you leave and is overjoyed when you return, they may be suffering from separation anxiety. The bad news is that this is a learned behavior that you have inadvertently “trained” your dog to do. Luckily this behavior can be unlearned.
So what should you do if you’re dog doesn’t like you leaving? The more of a production you make when leaving or coming home, the more anxiety builds up in your dog. Keep an all business attitude and ignore your dog for 10 minutes before you leave and after you return. This will help keep the mood neutral and your dog calm.
Now that you know some solutions to your problems, treat your house to some new blinds at Blindspot.