I adopted a new puppy recently (yep, that's Grim above), so my mind is occupied with preventing bite marks on furniture, copious amounts of pee, and trying to keep our little disaster from spreading his destruction throughout the house. Which is why we teamed up with Dogshaming to bring you all the ways that dogs destroy your home and what you can do to solve the problem.
ELECTRONICS: Power cords and phone chargers are like catnip to dogs. They just can't help chewing through the protective casing and making their way to the wire inside. The good news is that cords are pretty easy to fix.
WOODEN FURNITURE: Chewing table legs is a classic in the repertoire of dog shenanigans. It's also one of their more annoyingly destructive behaviors; unless you want to live with gnawed furniture, you'll have to fix it.
YOUR SLEEP: Dogs, and especially puppies, deprive you of basic human needs— like a good night's rest. Once they are house trained, then they wake you up needlessly because they want to PLAY WITH YOU.
YOUR CLEAN SOFA: Dogs don't wipe their paws before they jump on the furniture, which means your sofa will accumulate spots and stains from who-knows-what. Don't you wish you had a leather sofa right about now?
UPHOLSTERY FABRIC: The best defense against ruined upholstery is to go on the offensive. Don't redo a chair in expensive silk when there are animals about, or put that somewhere where dogs can get to it. Because inevitably, it will get ruined. Hopefully not as described above (ew), but still ruined.
DISHWASHER: Once the dog dives into the dishwasher to clean the dishes with his tongue, then it's time to clean the actual dishwasher.
WINDOW SCREENS: Something spooks the dog, or he's like a bull in a china shop. It's a recipe for broken sliding door or window screens.
→ How to Replace Window Screens (from Bob Vila)
AIR QUALITY (PART 1): This needs no explanation.
AIR QUALITY (PART 2): In time all that stink starts to pile up and infiltrate every part of your home. You might be used to it, but it's there. You only need to leave the house for awhile, then come back in, to realize just what your place smells like.
WALLS: Some dogs are so big they leave a mark when accidentally barreling through the house. Some just love the feel of chewing through drywall.
WINDOW BLINDS: Your dog might take out his anger and abandonment issues on your window treatments. Depending on how thorough a job your pooch does, you can replace the lift cord, fix individual slats, or you might have to start from scratch and buy new ones.
EVERY SURFACE IN YOUR HOME: It's a constant battle to contain dog hair, one that you will never ever ever win. The best you can do is just do your best, especially when guests come over and are put off by the fur clinging to their all-black outfit.
HIS BREATH: You might not like seeing or smelling the litter box, but now you have even more incentive to tuck it away from roaming paws and dogs with a irrepressible taste for cat poo.
RUGS & CARPET: You're lucky if the dog only pees and poops on the carpet or rug. They could eat the thing entirely.
Many many thanks to Dog Shaming for sharing all the photos! Head over there for more pups that are sorry, not sorry.