Dogs can be hard on your home; often, this is why landlords and letting agents don’t allow tenants with dogs to rent their properties. However, if your dog’s destructive tendencies go beyond the normally expected wear and tear and actually comes down to a concerted attempt to rip up your curtains and upholstery and chew on everything you own, you likely have your hands full!
There are a great many potential reasons behind why your dog might attack your furniture, including boredom, excess energy levels and acting out. Whatever the reason behind it, it can soon prove expensive, and it is important to make an effort to correct the issue and its cause.
Telling your dog off for ripping things up after the event, often when you first discover it but some time has passed will not prove effective, and your dog will not understand why he is being chastised. In order to deal with the problem, it is important to make sure that you are providing for all of your dog’s needs, and giving him a healthy outlet for his energies. Read on to find out more!
First and foremost, you will need to assess your dog’s living situation and establish what factors are contributing to the problem. If your dog is young and teething, do they have plenty of appropriate chew toys that they can use? If your dog is an avid digger, are you able to provide for this by allowing them an area of the garden that they can dig in, to divert their attention from your furniture?
It is also important to consider whether or not your dog is receiving enough exercise to fulfil all of their needs, as a tired out dog is much less likely to get into mischief! Added to this, your dog should not be left alone for long periods of time while you are out, and you should ensure that they have plenty to entertain themselves with when you cannot be with them.
If your dog has started picking at or ripping something, they are more likely to persist with it if you leave it unchecked. So if your dog is ripping at the curtains, put them up out of reach, and if your dog is chewing bits off your upholstery, tape over them or find a way to cover loose trailing fabric so that it doesn’t look so appealing to your dog!