I love my dog, but he loves to eat my walls. I need some direction for fixing some drywall and molding damage with minimal expense. (With pictures)
My dog is a good dog (most of the time). Sometimes he gets bored/lonely/hungry(?) and decides that the best course of action is to claw at my walls or chew on my molding. The property management company will try to extract the maximum amount possible for any damage, and I want to minimize that, if I can. (Pictures are extra-big resolution)
First, the molding. In his
's defense, he hasn't chewed on the molding since he was a teething puppy, but several corners have been rounded down nonetheless. (Pic 1
, Pic 2
). What should I do about that? Replacing the molding seems like it would be expensive and time-consuming. I'm tempted to just paint the corners white and hope nobody notices them.
With regards to the wall... what tools do I need to fix this, (I won't have to paint it) and how long should I expect it to take? (Pic 1
, Pic 2
, Pic 3
Is there any reason to contact the leasing agency? Will calling them simply alert them to the damage? Am I better off just letting them charge me what they're going to charge me and letting them do the work?
Finally, and tangentially, aside from keeping him in his crate all day when I'm gone, is there anything I can do to keep him from getting into the walls like that?
Most of my google searches are turning up advertisements for home improvement books.
Things I'm not looking for help with: raising a puppy, legal issues, how to convince someone to marry me and my dog