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It’s a Dog Eat Wall World Out There – How to Repair a Dog Chewed Wall

Looking to repair a dog chewed wall? Here’s what worked for us when we needed to fill in the wall that was chewed up! 

***UPDATE: wow, this post has really taken off on pinterest! If you are a first time visitor, I hope that you will check out our DIY page for some of our more current work. We did this project in 2012 – when we very first started blogging, before we had a single power tool.

If we did it again now, we would use an electric sander to get it extra smooth before painting it, or sand it for much longer. Unfortunately, we no longer live in this place and can’t go back and fix it now. The heart of this tutorial is still great and could be used to repair and dog chewed wall in your home!***

Everyone knows that puppies chew on things. Sometimes it’s cute.

It’s not so cute when someone else’s puppy chews on crucial structures in the home and then that renter moves out and leaves it for you when you buy the home.

Well, lucky for us, it’s an easy fix. For us, the dog had chewed the wooden post in between the french doors to the porch and chewed the door frame in the bathroom.

If a dog has chewed up a wooden structure of your home, you can definitely fix it yourself with just a few tools and a little bit of time.

Here is how to repair a dog chewed or scratched wall or door frame.

How to Repair a Dog Chewed Wall

As long as your dog hasn’t messed up the structural integrity of a wall or beam, you can fix the surface value of it. If your area is actually broken, consult someone who can replace it.

If you just need a surface level fix and need it to look nice again, here’s how to fix your dog chewed wall.

Here’s what you’ll need to fix a dog-chewed wall

Step one: sand damaged area

Start by sanding down the damaged area as best you can.

The main thing you want to make sure of is to get rid of any loose chips or broken areas. The smoother the area, the better the wood filler will adhere to the area.

Fixing a dog-chewed wall - Charleston Crafted

Step two: apply wood filler

Get your hands on some wood filler or Bondo. Not sure what the difference is? Here’s our post comparing the four most popular brands of wood filler.

Then, use a scraper to smooth clumps of the wood filler into the spot that needs it.

Fixing a dog-chewed wall - Charleston Crafted

Make sure you pack it in enough and smooth it out until it forms a flat surface.

I found that for this project, since it was on a corner, it was easier to just use my fingers to smooth it out.

Step three: sand smooth

Let the wood filler dry completely, which might take a little while if you’ve had to put it on extra thick.

Next, sand it down with sand paper, but be gentle, making sure to shape out the corner if you have one. You don’t want to have a flat spot where there should be a corner.

Fixing a dog-chewed wall - Charleston Crafted

Step four: paint

Finally, paint over it with the right color. You’ll want to make sure you paint it with a matching paint and try to feather the paint to blend it as best you can.

TA-DA!! An easy fix for you for fixing up a little dog chewed wood.

This can also be used for any part of a wall that gets a chunk knocked out of it or you bump furniture into when moving. Just paste, sand and paint!

Have you ever fixed wood like this? What repair projects are you working on?

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Thursday 31st of October 2019

I'm interested if I can fix the corner with transparent epoxy. Our asshole beagle is... no longer with us, so I would like to 'preserve' the chew marks so they can be seen, but also fix the door frame as it looks terrible.

Any advice on that?


Thursday 31st of October 2019

Sorry to hear about your beagle, but that's a really sweet idea. Yes, I think you could do that. The best way I can think of would be to use Gorilla Glue Two-Part Epoxy and spread it on there. It has a very fast dry time and is thick, so you can mix it in a cup and then spread it on. Might need a couple of coats depending how deep the marks are, but you can definitely do it. Please share a picture with us if it works!

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Monday 24th of October 2016

[…] Craft number one will be to fix the horribly chewed chair leg.  […]


Saturday 2nd of January 2016

Disappointed with the final results as seen in post, should have of sanded more.


Sunday 3rd of January 2016

Thanks for reading Pattie. This was done when we very first purchased our condo and we did not have an electric sander at the time - only sheets of sandpaper. It was a quick fix upon our move into a short sale where we couldn't request any repairs be made. Before we sell the unit, we will definitely hit it with our new electric sander and get it smooth as you suggested. Sometimes "good enough" is good enough for now :)

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