Looking For Mail Catcher To Prevent Dog From Shredding Incoming Mail... - General DIY Discussions - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > DIY Repair > General DIY Discussions

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-21-2010, 09:21 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Looking for mail catcher to prevent dog from shredding incoming mail...


I have 1 year old springer spaniel who loves to eat paper/magazines/etc...

My house is an older house with a mail slot and the mailman drops the mail through the 12" wide opening (13" with hardware).

When we aren't home we like to leave the dog out of the crate. The downside is that he likes to "read" the mail" and then dispose of it while we are gone. When we get back home the mail has been through a paper shredder.

Option 1) Put a receptacle outside the door (no fun).
Option 2) Put the dog in the crate (can't do it)
Option 3) Find an attractive letter holder that will protect the mail.

I have done my research and still haven't found something that is the right size or aesthetically pleasing:

http://www.mailcatcher.org/shopping....itemdetail.asp I love this idea but the person hasn't responded to my emails or phone calls in 2 weeks. This would be perfect but I need to find out if it can be sized to fit a 13" opening. In any case, he won't return the calls. This is a winner if I could find it in my size.

http://www.shopwiki.co.uk/letter+cage
This is an alternative although a little unsightly. Unfortunately they only seem to be available in the UK and none of them will ship to the US. I found something similar on eBay but it was too small for the mail slot.

http://garagedoormailbag.com/faqs.html Functional but butt ugly. My wife won't let me hang that on the inside front door of the house.

http://www.snailsakk.com/ An option if nothing else works....

Any ideas on where I can find what I need or get the exact parts to assemble it. I am not much of a handyman but am open to creative ideas...

Thanks in advance...

Anthony

Advertisement

atwnsw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2010, 09:29 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 1,763
Rewards Points: 40
Default

Looking for mail catcher to prevent dog from shredding incoming mail...


What about a large box that you can just put in front of the door with the open side facing the mail slot when you are not home with a chair or some other heavy object holding it in place. You can store the box out of sight when you are home. That is a short-term solution. The long-term solution is to work with a dog trainer to modify this unacceptable behavior in your dog.

Advertisement

Jim F is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2010, 09:51 PM   #3
DIY Hack
 
Mr Chips's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Location, Location
Posts: 1,305
Rewards Points: 504
Default

Looking for mail catcher to prevent dog from shredding incoming mail...


How big is your dog? if small just go to a craft store and get a smallish wicker basket and srcew it to the door below the slot



if you are afraid do will chew basket go to marshalls, or anywhere that sells tin stuff, they will have something that will work.

It is easy enough to break your dog of this habit. just take some junk mail, from day before, put a light coating of vaseline on it, and shake on some cayan pepper powder. Drop these through the slot when you leave, or come home on your lunch break and do it. Do this for a week or so, your dog will learn to leave the mail alone.
__________________
Those who can, do...
Those who can't criticize on the internet

Last edited by Mr Chips; 09-21-2010 at 09:56 PM.
Mr Chips is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2010, 09:58 PM   #4
Electrical Contractor
 
kbsparky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Delmarva
Posts: 3,368
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Looking for mail catcher to prevent dog from shredding incoming mail...


Get rid of the varmit
__________________
-KB

Life is uncertain -- eat dessert first!!
kbsparky is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to kbsparky For This Useful Post:
Willie T (09-21-2010)
Old 09-21-2010, 10:31 PM   #5
nap
You talking to me?
 
nap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: sw mi
Posts: 5,407
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Looking for mail catcher to prevent dog from shredding incoming mail...


will the dog eat any of the cloth bags you are considering?

You can make box that is attached onto the back of the door with a flip open lid. Make it as large as you like or as small. Decorate it as desired.
nap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2010, 12:09 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: MI's Western UP
Posts: 599
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Looking for mail catcher to prevent dog from shredding incoming mail...


my vote is the basket, with mouse traps on the outside of it.
forresth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2010, 05:23 PM   #7
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Looking for mail catcher to prevent dog from shredding incoming mail...


I am glad that I can provide everybody some amusement.

The posts are actually very funny.

The manufacturer of Product 1 finally called me back last night (death in the family which is why I didn't hear back for 2 weeks). So, I ordered it.

Regarding the missing product number, I realize now that I can't count.

The dog is a rescue and has some issues but is very sweet.

We are making progress on his behavior but it is requiring patience and time.

I figured you might enjoy a photo of the little monster!

Mail Eating Monster
atwnsw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2010, 06:08 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Washington
Posts: 39
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Looking for mail catcher to prevent dog from shredding incoming mail...


That is a damn cute dog. Forget the Mouse Traps. I'm sure you've tried this already but when our dog was chewing things a lot we just got her a Lot of chew toys, of different varieties, squeak toys, bones, pull ropes. Worked for us.

Advertisement

lanemiller is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Top of Page | View New Posts