Common Behavior Problems
Probably nothing is more frustrating than when your dog tears up,
chews up, or in some way damages your belongings. Having lost anything
from irreplaceable old family pictures to hundreds of dollars of
new plants, we appreciate your frustration. But having a dog means
that you will inevitably lose an item you care about to your dog’s
teeth or paws. And although on any given day, any dog can turn anything
into a chew toy, your dog shouldn’t be routinely destructive.
First off, take a deep breath and try not to be mad at your dog.
Never, ever try to discipline your dog after the fact by showing
him what he did. Your dog won’t understand punishment
after the fact and this will damage your relationship.
Your dog isn’t doing this because he’s mad at you,
to teach you a lesson, or to show you who’s boss. There are
many reasons for destructive behavior but spite and revenge aren’t
is a common, but not the only, cause of destructive behavior that
occurs only when your dog is home alone. Your dog may also be bored,
or may be being frightened by noises
or other events.
Puppies and young dogs need to chew because they are teething,
and to explore and learn about their world.
Our Raising a Behaviorally Healthy Puppy also covers destructive behavior. Purchase our
video Crate Training The Right
Way to find out whether a crate is a good choice for
managing your dog’s destructive behavior.
Because destructive behavior can be a complex problem to analyze,
you can schedule a consultation
so we can help you sort out the problem one on one.