Mischievous pups and destructive dogs can be a handful. We’ve all been in that situation where we come home to find our favorite shoes, blanket, sweater, or piece of furniture torn to bits. Here are some tips on quelling your dog’s destructive behavior:
Encourage your dog to chew on a new toy or a tasty bully stick instead of your new shoes. Always supervise your dog when giving him a chew toy or chew treat as many can pose as choking hazards if left unattended.
Work on your dog’s problem solving skills with a puzzle toy or obedience commands. This can really tire them out, allowing them to relax while you aren’t watching.
- Our friends at SBARK have created an ingenious riff on the standard kong style toy called the Tikr.
- Teach your dog the “leave it” command and then use it when they are getting into things they aren’t supposed to. Alternate between “leave it” with a treat in your hand, and “take it” allowing your dog to take the treat.
Take your dog on a brisk walk or play a game of fetch before you leave the house. This encourages your dog to take a nap while you are gone.
Encourage an anxious dog with treats when you leave, it often takes a bit of patience and time to deal with separation anxiety. When your dog quietly watches you leave it’s a sign of trust. They know you will come home later and there is nothing to worry about.
All puppies go through a teething stage and sink their razor sharp daggers into anything that will fit in their mouth, including fingers and noses. Teething toys are a great option for puppies with idle mouths. Don’t scold your puppy for exploring her boundaries, encourage her to chew on the right things. Crate-training is a great way to keep your puppy from getting into trouble when you aren’t watching.
Puppy-proof your home.
Gates and crates are an essential tool in your arsenal to combat bad behavior. Gate off an area for your dog or keep him in the crate when you aren’t home to supervise.
Never use inhumane methods of correcting your dog’s behavior, these often don’t work and only increase the problem and create more anxiety for your dog. Good management techniques and proper corrective behavior often resolve most destructive behavior problems in no time!