You just love your dog. He’s smart, funny, and energetic. But you work a 9 to 5, and every day he destroys the house. Garbage everywhere. Scratches at the windows. Pillows de-stuffed. You don’t want to know what he did to your daughter’s stuffed bunny.
Some destructive dogs suffer from separation anxiety, but before assuming your dog suffers from a medical condition, he may just be bored.
Think about it. He sits at home, alone, for 9-10 hours straight. He has a few toys, but they don’t really do anything without a friend. He can’t play tug by himself, or keep-away, or fetch. So, he entertains himself with what’s available.
Implement just a few of our boredom-busting tips, and soon he’ll be too tired to destroy the house.
Oh, such a touchy topic. Every time someone’s dog tears up the house, the phrase “Separation Anxiety” comes right out. Pet owners hate separation anxiety. Dealing with a dog that trashes the house, screams, defecates and urinates all over the house, can cause so many problems. Problems between spouses, repairs, vet bills, and ultimately the dog ending up in rescue or at a shelter, or worse.
I’d like to invite you to check out my e-book on the subject. Treating Separation Anxiety: When Your Dog Can’t Be Alone is my first in what hope will become a whole series on troubleshooting dog issues. It’s completely free with the Kindle Unlimited program. The below article has the major points, but my e-book goes in-depth into the issue. Read the article, and if you think you need more help check out the book.