Written by: Irene
When puppies are teething, or when dogs at any age become bored or agitated, they can become destructive. While every dog is different and responds to different things, there are some tactics yo can employ to minimize the damage your four-legged friend wreaks on your home.
Here are some tips:
1. Take an extra walk with your dog everyday.
2. Teach your dog to play fetch.
3. Bring your dog to a leash-free park and let him or her go wild (well, not too wild. We don’t want doggy scaring any children who may be present or picking a fight with a Doberman)!
4. Arrange play-dates for your dog.
5. Enroll your dog in puppy day care (you’d be surprised at how well some dogs respond to this).
Do you see a theme here? The bottom line is you want to tire your dog out. Some dogs were bred to have seemingly abundant energy. As a pet owner it is your duty to provide your pet with a daily opportunity to run around, play and exercise. Spending time with your pup helps to build trust, loyalty and … ultimately, tires your pooch out. I can honestly say that dogs don’t ruin things around the house on purpose and they definitely don’t do this to be malicious. You can get mad at your dog for chewing through your brand new Blahniks, but use that as a lesson to keep your hot kicks in a box on a shelf in the future.
I urge you to get out there with your dog and run around the block. After all, it’s healthy living for you too!