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#2882994 08/24/19 10:57 AM
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So I just got a 1986 U3 and have it in a study in my house. I have a 13 yr old lab who isn’t a danger to the piano except she is an avid dreamer and ‘runs’ a horizontal 5k in her sleep daily. All the baseboards in my house have gouges from her claws. No gouges above 3 inches. Currently, I have kept the door to piano closed to protect it, but I would prefer not to as that room is a good source of sunlight for the house. Any advice? I am not opposed to covering the base of the piano with a protective material.

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Hmmm I think what I’d try first is to give your Lab a comfy cushion bed in the piano room well away from the piano. By 13, I’m guessing a cushion bed is a whole lot more comfy for bunny dreams. We trained our first Airedale to only lay on a soft area rug in the den, which had very light colored carpet that showed dog hair and dirt.
The cushion bed would be a win-win for you and your Lab.


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And there’s a whole assortment of furniture protection from naughty kitties that might work too. Claws is claws.


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I have a little "doggie fence " to my piano room.The dog gets so used to not going in that room that if
the" fence" is removed he no longer goes in that room.He has a bed where he can be while he listens
or watches my husband or myself play.He likes piano music but does not like anyone to play a flute or recorder or he gives off a wolf howl .

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I'd be inclined to try to enforce her sleeping spots more strictly so she doesn't sleep anywhere other than on a dog bed which is going to cause damage. Yes - teaching an old dog new tricks isn't always successful - but you've got a Lab - and I've never seen a Lab which isn't able to be bribed - I mean trained with food. Have you thought of a crate for when you're not there supervising? But I've never tried training a 13yr old dog.

Winston will head for any dog bed I put - at last count there are 5 or 6 around the house, some left over from my other dog who died last year.

Fortunately he was crate trained young - and when he sees me getting dressed to go out, he goes and lies in his crate ready for me to close it before going out (if it's night - daytime he's got the run of the house and yard - though he prefers to be in the crate, as he knows he gets a tiny treat!!!).

There is a bed either side of our double bed, one near the door, one near the organ and one near the piano. Two of them are makeshift - 4 old Electric Blankets with the plugs cut off and 2 folded on top of each other - I don't think he's worked out that they're not plugged in smile .

I've set a movie camera up while I was out a few times - and he normally settles in the bed near the door (so he can supervise me leaving - wanders to the one near the piano after an hour or so, back to the door bed - never not in a bed.

Good luck!!


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Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, my dog doesn’t like beds (she has several) and prefers hard surfaces. In fact she spends most of the time sleeping on linoleum instead of the carpet. The vets says it is can be more comfortable for some arthritic dogs. She is still pretty trainable and respects boundaries so I think it is likely I could train her that the room is off-limits, especially with Lady Bird’s suggestion of a baby gate until she gets the message.


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