Dog Proof Window Treatments
While dogs may be man’s best friend, they certainly do not get along with window treatments - at least not all window treatments.
Dogs are very excitable animals. It’s part of the reason we love them so much. After all, there’s nothing like coming home and being greeted by a wagging, jumping, furry ball of joy. Unfortunately, such excitement also has its drawbacks, especially when it comes to your window treatments. Just take a look at the video below. Look familiar?
While dogs may be man’s best friend, they certainly do not get along with window treatments – at least not all window treatments. There are a few dog proof window treatments out there. You just have to know what to look for.
Finding the Right Window Treatments
1) What was that?
Dogs are curious creatures by habit and, like the dog in the video, they are easily distracted by what’s going on around them. This includes what’s going on outside, and window treatments are just an obstruction keeping them from a clear of that squirrel, or the mailman, or whatever may be going on outside.
The Solution: Top down/bottom up (duofold) honeycomb shades allow you to block temptation, while still allowing natural light to illuminate your home. It’s the best of both worlds. Another option would be interior shutters. These window treatments are incredibly durable – capable of standing up to even the most curious of dogs. And for large windows or sliding doors vertical blinds can do the trick. These window treatments won’t keep your dog from looking out the window, but they will allow your dog to do so without damaging your blinds. Your furry friend can simply nudge the slats out of the way to get a better view.
2) The Chewing Phase
Some dogs, particularly puppies, like to chew on…EVERYTHING! This includes your window treatments.
The Solution: Shades may be a better option than blinds, giving your pooch less to chew on. So, we would again recommend honeycomb shades, as well as roller shades. Of course, the issue may go deeper, so it is important to try and also figure out why your dog is chewing. It could just be a phase, or it could be anxiety or stress.
3) Where are you going?
Some dogs panic when their owners leave the house. They run, they bark, they climb on furniture, and they jump in the window to watch you leave.
The Solution: First, it is important to train your dog how to behave when you leave the house. Try ignoring your dog for 10 minutes before you leave and after you return – keep calm. This should help keep your dog calmer so he/she freaks out less when you leave and when you return, and help alleviate much of the strain on your window treatments. Of course, the right window treatments can also make a difference. Again, we recommend honeycomb shades, roller shades, and vertical blinds in this instance.