Dogs are our stress relievers. We are happier when they are around, but sometimes they behave out of the ordinary. They gnaw and damage our pieces at home or dig unwanted holes that spike our stress levels instead.
You have every reason to feel frustrated, but there is a way that you can respond to it. First, learn why they ruin your belongings.
The Truth About Your Dog’s Habit
Is your dog a newborn or just a few months old? Playing and nibbling on stuff is expected as they adapt to an unfamiliar environment. This habit stops when they are five months or older. Dogs with inadequate training continue destroying things for years, and that you surely do not want to happen. If your dog is well-trained but still ruin your stuff, observe it and see if any of these apply.
Separation anxiety. Your dog feels too attached to you. It gets anxious and unruly every time you leave the house or just cannot see you. Your pet may show their anxiety by destroying your stuff to get back at you.
High-stress level. Dogs get stressed too. Some stressors can be loud noises, shock, physical discomfort, lack of sleep, and digestive problems. Your dog may pace around, growl, or, worse, go about destroying your stuff.
Excessive energy. Sometimes dogs become so stimulated and get bursts of energy that they turn to chew your stuff. Otherwise, it could also be true.
Boredom. When dogs get bored, they are less interested and less stimulated to direct their attention to destructive behaviors.
Some dogs experience one or two causes at once, which can explain the change in their ways. Find the cause of the problem so you can resolve it in the best way possible. You can always do something about it.
When you notice your dog gnawing on stuff, you can do the following:
Bond with your dog. Set aside a specific time to pet your dog and play with them. You can teach them tricks, feed them healthy, or watch movies together. Make them feel loved.
Stop your dog from gnawing the first time. Teach it not to play with objects.
Give your dog toys for chewing and mental exercise. Also, give it the treat to reinforce this routine. It is a better alternative when they become stimulated or high in energy.
Train your dog with a reward system. Start the training while it is young and do it consistently. Like people, dogs can follow. They can stick to a habit or end behavior by repetition.
Walk your dog often. It is also one step to make time for your pet. It gives you mutual benefit as you and your dog have that physical exercise both of you need.
Destroying your things is your dog telling you something, and there are several reasons behind it. Training and reinforcing good habits can help them stop nibbling your stuff at home. Spare your pet time and attention and help them get exercise.
Expose them to activities where they can divert their energy and eventually stop the chewing. If things get out of hand, seek help from your pet’s veterinarian.