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Old 06-06-2011, 10:39 PM
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Dog-proof sliding screen door

We have a sliding door off our living room that we like to leave open but with the screen closed during the summer while we're home. The problem is that we have 75 and 85lb malamute mixes that get just so excited (and stupid) that they run into the screen. They have destroyed 2 doors so far, and the screen is not the problem. They irreparably bent the frame on the first, and broke the plastic on the wheels that roll it on the second. Is there something that we can use that will keep bugs AND dogs out or in? We currently are using the wire "wall" that came with a wire crate jammed between the door and frame that works pretty effectively but the cat can easily jump over it (indoor only kittah) and bugs can get through very easily.

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You could put something on the screen that makes it more visible, perhaps? We do this with electric fences for our horses.. tie little ribbons on it so they can see the wire better
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Good call. I just hate the idea of buying another screen door and then find that it doesn't work!
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you can buy one of these:

or something a little more fancified, like this one:


you have to screw them to screen door yourself, which can be a pain, but they make them door a little bit more sturdy/visible, without blocking the air flow...
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Something like this would be perfect. I suppose you screw it to the outside where it won't affect the door's ability to slide?

Do you have links to where I can buy them?
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where are you at? if you google "screen door guard" they should come up, you will have to measure your door and make sure that you get one to fit it... home improvement stores (like lowes and home depot) have them...
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I will do some looking locally. I've never seen these, but I usually have to have a specific goal in my when going to home improvement stores or I will go broke, so I will check and see what they have next time. Thanks!
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We just put the little stick that we used to secure the sliding door on the inside(goes in the track) across the door so that she stops because she sees that.... Just a thought...
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Something like this would be perfect. I suppose you screw it to the outside where it won't affect the door's ability to slide?

Do you have links to where I can buy them?
My only 40 pound puppy bent our screen and we had the more solid of the two metal frames. So, might be a waste of money.
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We bought a dog proof screen door (for our sliding glass door) at Menards. Not sure who all has Menards, but like a Home Depot or Lowes. We have a 130 pound Great Dane and he too would run into the screen and rip it out. This screen is quite tough so even when he scratches at it when he wants in, it doesn't tear and he no longer runs into it because it's quite dark because it's so thick.
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