It is completely normal for your dog to chew and dig up things as it is a part of their natural behavior. However, when your dog destroys things that you do not want to be touched this can be considered destructive behavior.
On the other hand, it is important to recognize that there are different types and different levels of destructive behavior and they all should not be approached the same way.
Therefore, it is important to understand the root problem of the destructive behavior as the treatment you choose should go hand in hand.
We put together a list of possible ways to help alter the destructive behavior that your pet may have.
It is important to note that if you are dealing with dangerous and/or threatening behavior you may need to find some professional help.
Types of Destructive Behavior
Primary Destructive Behavior
- Chewing on small objects that are left around the house
- Chewing on the furniture edges
- Digging up holes in the garden
- Owner is not around when destructive behavior is going on
Causes: not enough supervision, exercise and/or daily activity.
Secondary Destructive Behavior
- Household items are being destroyed to get owner attention
- Owner is present when destructive behavior is happening
Causes: no causes or perhaps protecting territory
Obsessive Compulsive Destructive Behavior
- Too much time chewing on household items
- A lot of time spent chewing and licking their own legs and paw.
Separation Anxiety – Destructive Behavior
- Chewing on household items
- Chewing on personal items
- Disregarding house training skills, even though fully trained
- Owner is not around during destructive behavior
- Behavior happens when owner is not home
Fear Related Destructive Behavior
- Fear causes destructive behavior
- The behavior can include: hiding, panting and pacing