How to Keep a Dog From Clawing Up a Screen Door

by Elton Dunn
When dog claws tear thin screen mesh, your screen won't keep out bugs.

When dog claws tear thin screen mesh, your screen won't keep out bugs. Images

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.

Step 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.

Step 2

Install a 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 screw into the door frame to cover the bottom portion of the door. They prevent your pet from even touching the screen, while still allowing air to circulate.

Step 3

Barricade 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.

Items You Will Need

  • Pet screen
  • Pet guard
  • Screwdriver
  • Baby gate


  • Praising your pet for staying away from the screen helps create a positive association that can make this task easier. Praise your dog for doing something else, such as sitting quietly near you and not running to the screen.

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About the Author

Elton Dunn is a freelance writer with over 14 years experience. Dunn specializes in travel, food, business, gardening, technology, beauty and fashion writing. His work has appeared in various print and online publications. Dunn holds a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from Emerson College.

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