Barbara Gazley is a dog trainer with Bark Busters Central Valley speaking about dog destruction:
No one likes to come home to find the stuffing from their pillows all over the floor. Or the contents of their garbage can spilled about.
There’s no doubt that puppies and even some older dogs love to chew on objects. At first, we write it off as just being a puppy but when their behavior becomes destructive, it’s time to take action. It is so common that destructive behaviors are the #1 mis-behavior reported by pet parents.
Pet parents need to understand that your dog is not doing it to make you mad. He/she actually wants to please you – they just don’t know how.
Usually dogs are destructive when they are aggressive, bored, not trained correctly to make good choices, scared, or anxious. Just as many of us chew on our nails or have a glass of wine to chill out, dogs lick, chew, dog and toilet in the house when they are nervous.
Why Dogs Engage in Destructive Behaviors
First, rule out any medical problems that your dog may be experiencing, Once your vet has given your dog a clean bill of health, see if your dog may be have any of the following reasons for being destructive.
Bark Busters does not recommend punishment as a way to combat your dog’s destructive behaviors. In fact, this can make him worse! And timing is everything. 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 with your correction. 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 Barbara Gazley — your Central Valley Bark Busters dog trainer. Or email me. I will teach you how to issue commands to counteract destructive behaviors!