My dog destroys everything in the house: why? How to react?

No matter how much you love your dog, when he ransacks everything he finds in the house, exasperation is at its peak. It is however useless to punish him because he would not understand the reason for it. On the other hand, the owner of a destructive dog must identify the cause of this behaviour and find the appropriate solution to put an end to the ransacking. One should not hesitate to contact a dog trainer or to consult a behaviourist veterinarian.

My dog destroys everything in the house: why? How to react?

Why does a dog destroy everything in the house?
This type of behaviour is common in puppies and young dogs, sometimes up to the age of 12 months. That's a long time! We must do everything to remedy it before then.

A puppy can chew anything it finds because it is annoyed by a gum disease. Any mess is also a way of discovering his environment. Finally, some dogs are destructive every time they play... They don't hesitate to smash their master's slippers, the curtains or the sofa in the living room, the duvet cover in the children's room or the wallpaper in the hall... when they don't tackle the solid oak steps of the staircase.

Even less acceptable, this attitude can also be the characteristic of an adult dog whose owners are anxious when they return from the office at the idea of finding their home totally devastated by this four-legged tornado... It's too much, and it's quite common for owners of such dogs to wish to entrust their pet to another foster family for good. Before reaching this extreme, we must first try to understand the reason for this type of behaviour.

A dog can destroy everything in the house as a result of :

The arrival of a child in a foster home
The dog may feel neglected because his owners give him less time, monopolized (and this is quite natural) by their baby. For the dog to regain its place, it is essential to take care of it in the presence of the child and not only when the baby is sleeping. If his masters find the right balance, the dog will not be jealous but will on the contrary be protective towards the little one and should stop destroying everything in the house.

Moving house
If the dog arrives in a new home from scratch, he may not like it and will devastate everything as soon as his owners' backs are turned. It is therefore necessary to anticipate.

When the move is planned and the date is set, it is essential to prepare the dog for the change of location. For example, you can go with him to the new home as soon as you have the keys so that you can show him around and take him for a long walk in the surrounding area. It is very important that the dog has time to find his new home or apartment, his future neighbourhood, where he can start to smell many unknown smells.

It is advisable to install in the new home - before moving in - a toy that the dog is used to sleeping with or a blanket that carries his scent. This will make it easier for him to find his place in the new home.

On the day of the move, it may be best to give the dog to friends so that he doesn't get in the way of the moving crew and is not disturbed by all the commotion.

The arrival of a new pet
The dog may not be able to tolerate the arrival of a fellow dog or other pet in the foster home. Jealousy, mistrust, anxiety, fear are possible feelings. The dog may also no longer find its place in this new "family" configuration.

In the beginning, each animal can be placed in a different room where an object that belongs to the other animal is placed. You take turns taking them out and gently introduce them to each other until the dog seems to feel comfortable and accepts the newcomer. Every day, the owner must spend time alone with his dog so that the dog does not feel like he has been put aside since the arrival of a second animal.

A severe behavioural disorder
This is one of the reasons why a dog can be particularly destructive in the home. This problem can be found in dogs that have suffered trauma, have been adopted by successive families, have been abused, or in dogs that suffer from loneliness or boredom.

The dog is an animal that needs activity every day and a social life. If he is confined indoors from morning to night, and alone, this type of attitude is not surprising. He needs to be able to interact with another animal or with his master through games or walks to share.

If the origin of a behavioural disorder cannot be explained, it is essential to speak to a behaviourist veterinarian and/or to contact a professional canine educator, i.e. one who has undergone real training to educate and socialise this type of dog.

Destructive dog: adopting the right attitude
In any case, the master of a dog who destroys everything in the house must be patient and see all the possibilities for socializing his little companion. It is useful to make sure that the dog is not becoming more and more aggressive.

This type of dog should not be left alone with a child, and care should be taken to spend a lot of time with him to try to modify his behaviour tactfully and consistently. Through play or Agility courses, it is possible to channel the animal's energy. If the animal spends a lot of energy every day, you can see an improvement after a while. In any case, even if this type of dog, especially in adulthood, is difficult to control, its master must not give up and must always respect his animal.

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