Have you ever come home to find the stuffing that was supposed to be in your couch on your living room floor? Or your favorite shoes chewed to shreds? Or the toilet paper strewn all over the house?
Although it is normal for most puppies to chew on objects as they explore their world, when their behavior becomes destructive, it's time to do something about it. In fact, destructive behaviors are the number one reported behavior problem in dogs. Understand that a dog is NOT doing it to make you angry or out of spite.
Most often, dogs engage in destructive behaviors when they are bored, not trained properly to make good choices, scared, aggressive, or anxious. Just as many dog owners chew on their nails or have a glass of wine when they are nervous, licking, chewing, digging and toileting in the house are common behavior for dogs when they are nervous.
Why Dogs Engage in Destructive Behaviors
The first thing you need to do is rule out any medical problems your dog may be experiencing. Here are some other reasons dogs may become destructive and tips for overcoming this behavior:
Punishment is not very effective in stopping your dog's destructive behaviors and can in fact make them worse. If you discover an item your dog has chewed even a few minutes after the fact, it's too late to correct him. He/she does not associate his action to your reaction. You know that guilty look you think you are getting? It is really just your dog reacting to your angry tone or facial expressions.
To truly eliminate destructive behaviors, call your Bark Busters dog trainer. We will teach you how to issue commands to counteract destructive behaviors!