Why do they call them shutter dogs? So why are stays, tiebacks and holdbacks sometimes referred to as Shutter Dogs? The origin of this term goes back to Old English, where the word “Dog” meant a simple fastener of any kind. Hence, a “Shutter-Dog” was the first term used to describe them.
What is a shutter dog? What are shutter dogs? Also called shutter holdbacks or shutter tiebacks, shutter dogs are designed to keep your window shutters tight to the wall when open. Mounted directly below the open shutter panel, they pivot horizontally, allowing you to release and close the shutters when needed.
Where should shutter dogs be placed? Position the shutter dog against the house under the shutter. Ideally, it should be 4 inches in from the shutter’s outer edge and 1 inch below the bottom edge, but this can vary depending on the size of the shutter dog.
Which way do shutter dogs go? Shutter dogs should be placed horizontally about 1/4 of the width of the shutter from the outside edge of the open panel.