We're in the process of having the exterior of this old place redone. I'd hired a painter, who needed a carpenter to replace 'a few rotten corner boards'.
Well, this has led to a major replacement of siding, plywood, and some framing due to both wet rot and carpenter ants. Unfortunately, this place was built in the early 1960s, without the benefit of modern things like house wrap.
Long story short, the carpenter recommended cedar as a deterrant to things like bugs, and we've gone with that. The siding is cedar clapboard anyhow.
Our dog, a seven-month old Golden, seems to have taken a liking to cedar as a snack, and is gnawing on new boards already. As a younger pup, she gnawed on some chair rungs and the like, but nothing serious. Now I'm concerned, not just about the expense of replacing things again soon, but about the health of the dog. This is freshly painted wood, primed with stain and finished with latex.
It can't be good for her, yet keeping her totally away from the house is out of the question. The painter suggested the clear-plastic corner protectors until she grows out of it. I've never seen the dog give plastic a second look, so that's not a bad idea, but I'm seeking others short of putting a 'return to sender' tag on the dog and hooking her to the mailbox.
I'd appreciate any thoughts.