How to Handle a Destructive Dog


What is termed destructive behavior in dogs can involve many behaviors such as:

Chewing of books
Tearing textiles
Scratches on furniture
Urine and feces in places not permitted

These different behaviors can be done in the absence or presence of the owner, both indoors and outdoors. As a result, many owners can see that the plantings in the garden have been ransacked or that their dog has grown to dig multiple holes in the lawn. This behavior can cost the owner to replace all damaged items. It can also expose the dog to danger.

Contrary to what one can very often hear, a dog never destroys its environment to take revenge on its master. Indeed, dogs do not know this kind of emotion is too complex for them.

What to do when the dog destroys the carpet, for example, is the same reaction you should apply when your dog destroys anything. In all cases, destructive behavior is a reflection of a psychological disorder whose cause must be systematically investigated. Thus, two major questions must be asked:

When did the dog begin to manifest this behavior? Has there been introduced a change in his daily life? 
What does it destroy in particular?
The answer to these questions can already shed light on the diagnosis. For example, it is important to know that a young puppy needs to nibble, notably to “make his teeth”. Similarly, a dog urinating when excited will be the sign that the self-tests have not been acquired.

If your dog begins to be aggressive at the time of release, then it is the hierarchy that has not been sufficiently established. It can also be a real separation anxiety.

In any case, it is crucial to identify the cause of the destructive behavior in order to act accordingly. As a precautionary measure, also consult your veterinarian in order to eliminate any suspicion of illness.

Each dog has its own character, so far there is no “miracle” solution to quickly remedy the problems of destruction. Correcting behavior requires time and regularity. Indeed, symptoms will only improve gradually.The most radical and considered solution by often overworked owners is abandoning the dog.

Fortunately, there are other alternatives today. There are also supplements containing naturally soothing substances. Obviously, they assume that they can be swallowed by the dog, which can sometimes be difficult for the less docile animals.

As an owner, it is up to you to respect certain principles so as not to aggravate the symptoms of your pet. Even if it is sometimes very difficult do not to react violently, you must always keep calm.

The important thing to remember is always to first consult a veterinarian in case of sudden appearance of a change of behavior. Then we must ask ourselves precisely in order to find the cause of the barking.

Finally, the behavior of a dog is also accompanied by a change in the behavior of the owner.

If, however, you are experiencing difficulty or feel unable to perform such a task, do not hesitate to consult a canine behaviorist to help you.