Dogs love to chew things—it's a fact! But while your pup chewing on the end of the sofa may give you nightmares, it won't do them any harm. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for electrical cabling, and leaving your cables exposed can be very dangerous for your pet. Therefore, rather than spending your time babysitting your dog to make sure they don't chew your wiring, it's best to have a strategy in place to remove the problem altogether. Below are three ways in which you can stop your dog chewing electrical cables and keep them safe for a long time:
Make Use of Deterrent Sprays
If you're looking to train your dog to avoid cables altogether, you should consider investing in a good deterrent spray. These sprays give a bitter taste that will give your dog a nasty taste in their mouth, which will stop them from going near cables altogether. Don't worry – these sprays are perfectly harmless and won't do any damage to your pet.
If you do decide to use deterrent sprays, it's important to ensure that all cables sprayed are in safe working condition and their external sheath is fully intact. If the internal cables are exposed, or if there is local damage to the wire, the liquid spray will damage your electrics, which could result in potentially dangerous situations.
Also, it's important to remain vigilant with spraying the cables to ensure your dog doesn't return to his old bad habits. Over time, your dog will learn that the cables are a no-go area; however, it's important to observe their behavior closely to see when the time is right to stop using the deterrent spray.
Cover up the Cables
Perhaps the most efficient way of dealing with a dog who chews cables is to remove the problem altogether. By doing what you can to stop your dog seeing and chewing at the cords, you will go a long way to removing the problem altogether.
The first thing to do is to remove any trailing or unused cables from sight. It's easy to forget about this and leave long stretches of cable lying across the room; however, this will only entice your dog to use them as a toy. Consider hiding cables under rugs, behind sofas, or behind a desk. You can even create curled cords yourself to reduce the length of the cables, making them much more compact and easier to hide.
Alternatively, you can lift cables off the ground by attaching them together in a tray or clip. Wrapping multiple cables in plastic spiral wrap or metallic braid sleeves will make it much more difficult for your dog to access the cables, ensuring they remain safe even if they do approach the wrapped cables.
Run Cables Through the Wall
If you fancy doing a bit of DIY, you can quite easily reroute electrical cables through your wall, so long as the wall is hollow. Simply drill a few holes in the drywall and thread your cables through. You can use a cable pull to direct the wires through the wall and out of your dog's reach.
This approach won't work for all cabling; it wouldn't be a good idea to reroute your television or telephone cables! However, for any loose wiring that you won't need access to any time soon, redirecting the cables can be a great way to keep your dog safe and secure for a long period of time.
Of course, redirecting extensive electrical wiring can be a tricky job, so if you find yourself struggling to reroute your electrical cables, it's best to consult a professional electrician, such as those at McDonald Electric. These highly trained and experienced professionals will be able to assess your home's electrical layout and redesign your wiring in order to keep troublesome cables out of sight.