Some dogs love to shred, chew, and rip apart your couch and other belongings while you're away from home.
Does this sound like your unruly pooch? Luckily, you don't have to let the destruction continue. Just follow these easy steps to help stop dog shredding and save your furniture:
- Engage in playtime. A tired dog is a calm dog. Spend as much time as you can before leaving home each day engaging your pooch in play. Take him outside and throw a flying disc for him to catch. Go for a run. This will give him the chance to release excess energy and encourage him to snooze throughout the day instead of attacking your sofa.
- Provide stimulation while you're gone. Dogs also tend to engage in destructive behavior when they're bored. Give your pooch something to keep him occupied when you are away from home. Leave him with a few puzzle toys or the type that are filled with treats — anything that will keep his mind stimulated.
- Discourage inappropriate play. If you find your dog ripping apart something inappropriate while you are at home, correct him immediately. Provide him with a suitable toy, and praise him when he plays with it. Eventually, your dog should learn which items he should play with and which he should leave alone.
- Crate train your pooch. If your dog still hasn't caught on that couches aren’t for shredding, you might want to consider teaching him to stay in a crate while you're gone. Most dogs respond well to crate training and begin to think of the crate as a quiet, secure place to spend some time.
- Close off an area of your home. If you are gone for long periods each day, you can also block off an area of your home to give your pooch a little more space. Use a spare bedroom or invest in extra-tall baby gates to create a space that's completely safe for your pup. Include his bedding, toys, food and water so he has everything he needs.
- Provide plenty of love. Dogs especially act out when they're lonely. Though you may not be able to spend all your time with your dog, give him plenty of attention while you're home — both before you leave and after you get home. Additionally, praise your pooch whenever you come home to find your belongings untouched.
With just a little training and plenty of loving support, you can stop dog shredding once and for all.
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