How do I Stop my Dog from Destroying Things
by Pet Qwerks Toys on December 22, 2018
Is chewing different things a destructive behaviour? Here is the most straightforward answer: Only if he is chewing on the wrong thing. So give him something that is okay to chew.
Puppy chewing is an essential part of the teething procedure. As adult dogs, they often chew for fun, or to relieve boredom. Tearing or chewing things up (like paper) can also be a displacement behaviour, a way to release pent-up energy or stress.
Puppy- and dog-proof your house
Likewise, with any behaviour, you wish to change or transform, one of the essential things to do is deal with the environment. We are altogether familiar with “puppy proofing” our homes, and we learn how to place shoes in the closet and put pups in the crate while we are not actively supervising them. But we frequently forget that most of the adult dogs need the same type of management to keep them out of trouble.
Give him a chew toy instead
In case that your dog attempts to chew on a wrong item while in your presence, merely intrude the behaviour and re-direct him to a correct chew toy. It tends to be useful to have a stuffed Flavorit Bone dog chew toy in a Ziplock bag in your freezer, so you can quickly produce it when needed. Many puppies have certain times of day when they are more likely to chew, so you can head this behaviour off at the pass if you choose this time of day to give the dog an approved chewie.
Use bad-tasting repellants and sprays
You can keep pups and big dogs away from some things by utilizing impersonal correction, preferably where the “environment” does the correcting. Such as spray items with Boundary dog repellant, or use a Scat Mat at the edge of a countertop, to stop counter surfers. This kind of training sessions on the similar principle as a child touching a hot stove, if something is particularly unpleasant, most likely the dog or the child will make the decision not to repeat that unpleasant behaviour.
Give him plenty of exercises
Exercise is extremely very important for dogs prone to wrong chewing or various other destructive behaviours. A tired pup will less likely be getting into things. The activity also produces endorphins, which have a calming effect. It is these endorphins that are encouraged by chewing, so if your dog is not getting enough exercise, he might unconsciously be seeking to replace needed endorphins by releasing pent-up energy through chewing.
Make sure it is not separation anxiety
At times chewing or tearing things up is a sign of a more severe problem. Like for instance, separation anxiety. If you suspect it is separation anxiety, the first thing you need to do is schedule an appointment with your vet. Pet Qwerks Babble Balls have helped pets with separation anxiety simply because they become quiet excited with the balls talking or making sounds. They think it’s alive!
Be calm! A couple of training books are still available in the market that advocates inhumane approaches for stopping destructive behaviours, like putting duct tape around a pet’s mouth or physically hitting a dog. There is no reason for such corrections. Not only are they extremely unfair, but they are also ineffective. The use of proper management (for instance, crating a dog when he is not under your direct supervision), along with correct exercise, takes care of 99 per cent of destructive behaviour problems.