I'll be adopting a rescued dog soon, my first dog. Just purchased a new car with leather seats and it never occurred to me that a dog's claw's might damage the leather until I read a post somewhere that a woman purchased a new car with cloth seats just for that reason. I'll probably be getting a cocker spaniel, older, gentle (if that makes any difference). And if its true, is there anything I can do with the claws and some kind of protection to the seats that will protect them from damage?

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I'll be adopting a rescued dog soon, my first dog. Just purchased a new car with leather seats and it ... until I read a post somewhere that a woman purchased a new car with cloth seats just for that reason.

I prefer leather for dogs, although yes, dog's claws can damage the leather, even if they're kept well-trimmed (and note that not all leather is equal quality - the better stuff is more damage-resistant). Dog hair has a way of weaving itself into fabric and you can't get it out. I have a canvas seat cover for the back seat that works just fine.
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I have leather furniture AND leather car seats and trust me there's much less damage to leather than there is damage to fabric, especially when it comes to hair!
Most people I know swear by leather seats. You probably will want to cover with a sheet or bedspread anyway, just to ease cleanup, especially if your dogs play/run anywhere that's muddy/sandy.

I haven't noticed any damage from nails at all (I got the leather furniture after puppy chewing phase, so I can't comment on that). They didn't try chewing the car leather, though.
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I have leather furniture AND leather car seats and trust me there's much less damage to leather than there ... leather furniture after puppy chewing phase, so I can't comment on that). They didn't try chewing the car leather, though.

When we bought our leather couch the salesman who sold it to us said that while leather does hold up better to dog claws than most cloth, damage caused by animals would not be covered under the warranty. He said that if, by chance one of the dogs managed to puncture the leather, we should claim it happened when somebody sat down on the couch with a screw driver in their pocket.
We haven't had a puncture or tear yet, though, after three years, with two BCs and a JRT, all of whom are on and off the couch constantly.

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Just purchased a new car with leather seats and it never occurred to me that a dog's claw's might damage the leather until I read a post somewhere that a woman purchased a new car with cloth seats just for that reason.

I bought a leather couch because I had a dog (singular at the time) and Murphy's hair used to weave itself into every piece of fabric in the house and car. She wasn't a couch dog, though. My two current dogs are, and they've been on and off this couch for years with no damage done.
There are different qualities of leather, though, depending on the layer of the cowhide from which they came. Since I knew my couch would be used by dogs, I splurged and bought the highest quality that I could find.

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I'll be adopting a rescued dog soon, my first dog.

If you're so worried about your precious car, leave the rescuing to someone who cares more about the pet.
If you're so worried about your precious car, leave the rescuing to someone who cares more about the pet.

I think it's terrific to see someone being realistic about some of the disadvantages that come with pet ownership.
Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

Between 1980 and today, the payroll tax has risen 25% During that same period, tax rates on investment income have dropped 31-79%
When you have a pet, at some point you will experience some type of damage to something, some permanent and some not. If you are concerned about the nails, keep them clipped often with GOOD CLIPPERS purchased from your vet, the ones they have in stores usually aren't sharp enough and can actually hurt the dog. If you haven't ever attempted it, take your dog to your vet, which you should do anyway after getting him home and have them show you how to do it properly.

If the dog has whitish colored nails it will help you see where to cut and the vet will show you this. Also if your dog walks on cement it will help keep the nails short. Another think you might try is caps for their nails, I have seen them online but I don't know exactly where now, you might try doing a search. I have never tried these so I don't know how well they might work, you might ask your vet. It's an option though. With your dog being older I don't think you will have the rowdy behavior as a much younger dog.

With some patience and training your dog will know what you expect, just be consistent with what you want from the dog, if you don't ever want him on furniture, etc.. then one time is too many. No means no, now, tomorrow and forever. Good luck Emotion: smile
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