My Dog is Destructive, Help!


Destructive behavior comes in many forms, from chewing a plant to total destruction of a room. It is one of the leading causes of overcrowded animal shelters.

Try to determine why your dog is being destructive

  • Boredom is the number one cause of destructive behavior. Many suburban dogs lack the opportunities to explore and socialize
  • Young dogs will frequently chew due to teething. They don’t know the difference between an expensive piece of furniture and any other piece of wood.
  • Playing tug of war excessively with an excitable dog or with a breed which has a tendency to hang onto things (ie. Terriers) will make a dog much more likely to play tug of war with household curtains, rugs, etc!
  • Walk your dog at least once per day, even if you have a fenced area
  • Exercise your dog off-lead whenever possible in a safe area, or use a long lead
  • Try to go to different places with your dog to allow for variety and a opportunity to explore
  • Train your dog regularly to give him/her work to do
  • Allow your dog regular contact with other dogs to allow him/her social interaction with peers
  • Play with your dog regularly and spend quality time with him/her
  • If you work long hours, consider having a pet sitter or neighbor come over to play with your dog
  • Provide lots of mental stimulation via exercise, toys, and social opportunities
  • Consider putting in a dog door
  • Consider leaving a radio or television on
  • Think about getting a companion dog or cat if you have a single dog household.

Prevention and Cure

Remember that dogs are social and emotional beings.

They need stimulation and opportunities to interact with other animals and people.

If you provide activities for your dog, you will keep them so busy that they will have less time or inclination to exhibit destructive behavior.

If you work long hours, consider hiring a professional dog walker. This will really help with breaking up the boredom for your pup and give him much needed exercise.

Make sure your are using a company that is reliable, bonded and insured.

Does Your Dog Have A Routine?

DSCN0372-copy-300x225Routine is a critical part in developing an obedient, stress-free dog.

Dogs need a structure to feel secure and to behave appropriately.

Knowing when they will be fed, walked and played with on a regular basis is key to making your dog feel more relaxed and secure.

Without routine your dog will not adapt well to life changes.

Some situations that could disrupt your dog’s routine and cause stress are:

  • Traveling
  • New Home/New Owner
  • Boredom
  • Your Absence
  • New Family Member or Visitor
  • Thunder/Fireworks/Loud Noises
  • New Pet
  • Environmental Changes

You can look to pet sitters to help with your dog’s routine when you can’t be there.

Pet sitters can come in and walk your dog and provide exercise as well as feed your dog on a timely basis when you have to work long hours.

Here are some ways you can help your dog in stressful situations:

  • Crate Trained. Once accustomed, a crate becomes a place your dog can always count on to feel safe in
  • Confinement. If you are having a gathering, or introducing new people into the home, confine your dog to one room where they have a bed or crate. This makes them feel safe, especially if they are territorial.
  • There are some new products out (Shirts) for dogs that have anxiety caused by loud noises. Examples: fireworks, thunder etc. These shirts wrap the dog as if they were being held and help them feel more secure. Some dogs react well to these products.

By maintaining the daily routine in your dog’s life and keeping them healthy, active, mentally stimulated and well fed, you will go a long way toward preventing or treating any stress they may encounter.

If you are in the Raleigh, NC area, we at Four Paws Pet Sitting Services offer mid day dog walks at a discounted price for 5 days a week.

We will be glad to help you keep your pets in a routine!

Give us a call. 919-388-7297 or Request Info