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Ok, Blake's mom has a miniature Schnauzer named Bessi. Bessi has learned how to open the family's sliding screen door to the back yard. This didn't matter before, because they would lock the door and that kept it from getting opened. But now, she's figured out how to force it open anyway. Everyone is gone during the day, so when she opens it, the door sits open all day and droves of flies go in. And this summer, out in the country, the flies are BAD! And the word "bad" is quite an understatement.

We use their shower because we're in an RV right now so we don't have to live in the house, and I think I killed like 50 flies in the bathroom before I could even take a shower this afternoon. Training or confining Bessi is not an option. They won't do it (Blake's family doesn't train. Ever.), and Bessi just climbs/plows through any gates in her way. And Blake's mom will not close the house up during the day because she likes the air to circulate. So this brings me to my question:

Does anyone know of a good, inexpensive way to dog-proof a sliding screen door, that works for both inside and out? People still need to walk in and out it, and I want to be able to go in that house and do dishes/laundry/shower without being covered in a blanket of flies.

Here is the lock the door currently has:
http://www.lowes.com/pd_139080-76018-A+150_0__?productId=3013094

Looks pretty flimsy to me.

I'm looking for locks, latches, or homemade ideas. Any help is appreciated. Ready set go! =D
 

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wait.....she's actually unlocking the screen door? I know most screen door locks look flimsy but even I have trouble getting them open sometimes..........clever girl.
 

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What about a broom handle laid in the track? That's what we use on the glass sliding door to prevent breakins.
 

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That would work on the outside. But if anyone tries to use the door from the inside, they won't be able to. And it's a pretty high traffic door. =/
 

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What about a little cover over the latch? I'm guessing she's pawing at it to slide the latch, so if it had a flap over it of some heavy material (like a scrap of leather) a human could lift the material up and then slide the latched, but it seems like it would be a lot harder for a dog to paw at it just right to manage that.
 

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She's actually just forcing the door open even when it's locked. So the lock just doesn't do its job at all. >-.-<
 
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