Are you having problems with a reactive dog at home? Does your dog often crack or even break your glass windows when reacting to stimuli outside your home? Then you need to find a suitable solution before your dog injures itself and possibly somebody else while jumping up at your windows.
Fortunately, there are several simple ways that you can protect both your windows and your dog from damage.
Protect Your Glass Windows With Perspex Sheets
If you don't wish to remove your dog's ability to look out of the window, then you can at least stop your dog from touching the glass. This is helpful if your dog is of a large breed. But, you might ask, why would you use plastic to protect a glass window? Wouldn't plastic give way under your dog's weight?
Standard plastic probably wouldn't offer much protection against a reactive dog. But Perspex is much stronger than both standard plastic and glass. For instance, a sheet of Perspex at a thickness of 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch is 17 times stronger than an ordinary glass window. That means that even a large dog wouldn't be able to exert enough force to break an acrylic sheet.
Moreover, Perspex allows in slightly more light than glass, which is why it is a popular material for museum exhibits and aquariums. And, as an added bonus, bolstering your windows with a sheet of Perspex will help to insulate your home too. So, you can protect yourself and your dog and keep your home cooler during hot summers.
To protect your windows with Perspex, simply measure them and then order suitably sized sheets from a supplier. Then, you attach the sheets to your window frame within your home, leaving enough space between the glass and the acrylic to allow for some flexibility when your dog jumps up.
Place Window Film on Your Windows
Another way to stop your dog from reacting to outside stimuli is to obscure their view of the outside world completely. Or you can at least obscure the windows that seem to cause the most stress in your dog.
A simple way to obscure your dog's vision is to cover your glass windows with window film. For instance, if your dog likes to jump up at your front windows to bark at passing pedestrians, other dogs and even cars, placing window film over these windows is a good idea. If your dog can't see what's going on outside, they likely won't become reactive to outside stimuli.
And just as with Perspex sheets, window film offers many additional benefits too. For instance, window film will offer you the following:
- UV protection
- Decorative benefits
- Extra security against intruders
You could even combine window film with Perspex sheets if your dog is of the stubborn kind. This will serve to obstruct their view and protect you and them from injury should they jump up at the window anyway.
Reduce Your Dog's Exercise
Did you know that a recent research study found that reducing a reactive dog's exercise actually helped to cut down on reactive behaviours, such as window jumping and barking? Although this might seem counterintuitive because it means your dog will have more energy, it does make sense.
Instead of tiring your dog out with exercise, calm them down by reducing the amount of exercise you give them. You could also help to calm them by stroking them and soothing them more, and taking them outside for short walks where they can do what they love the most — sniff!
If your dog is jumping up at your windows, try one or all of the above techniques. Your windows, you and your dog will be safe, and hopefully, you'll have a little more peace and quiet.