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

No matter how much you love your dog, when he destroys everything he finds in the house, your exasperation is at its peak. It is however useless to punish him because he would not understand the reason. On the other hand, the owner of a destructive dog must imperatively identify the cause of this behavior and find the appropriate solution so that the ransacking stops. You should not hesitate to contact a dog trainer or consult a veterinary behaviorist.

Why does a dog destroy everything in the house?


This type of behavior is common in puppies and young dogs, sometimes up to the age of 12 months. That's a long time! Everything possible should be done to remedy it before then.

A puppy may chew on anything he finds because he is annoyed by a sore gum. Ransacking everything is also a way to discover his environment. Finally, some dogs are destructive every time they play... They don't hesitate to destroy their master's slippers, the curtains or the sofa in the living room, the comforter cover in the children's bedroom or the wallpaper in the hallway... when they don't attack the solid oak steps of the staircase.

Even less acceptable, this attitude can also be characteristic of an adult dog whose owners are anxious to come back from the office to find their home totally devastated by this four-legged tornado... It's too much, and it's quite frequent that the owners of such dogs wish to entrust their animal to another foster family. Before reaching this extreme, it is important to understand the reason for this type of behavior.

A female dog can destroy everything in the house due to

The arrival of a child in the foster home

The dog may feel neglected because its owners have less time for it, as they are (quite naturally) preoccupied with their baby. In order for the dog to find his place, it is essential to pay attention to him in the presence of the child and not only when the baby is sleeping. If his owners find the right balance, the dog will not be jealous but will be protective towards the little man and should stop destroying everything in the house.

A move

If a female dog arrives in a new house, he might not like it and will destroy everything as soon as his owners turn their backs. It is therefore necessary to anticipate.

When the move is planned and the date is fixed, it is essential to prepare the dog for this change of living space. For example, you can go with him to the new home as soon as you have the keys, to show him around and take him for a long walk in the area. It is very important that the dog has time to get to know the new house in which he will live or the new apartment, his future neighborhood where he can start to smell many unknown odors.

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 its scent. This will make it easier for him to find his place in the new home.

On moving day, it may be best to leave the dog with friends so that he doesn't get in the way of the moving crew or be disturbed by all the commotion.

The arrival of a new pet

The dog may not be able to handle the arrival of a fellow dog or another pet in its new home. Jealousy, distrust, anxiety, fear are possible feelings. The dog may also no longer fit into this new "family" configuration.

At the beginning, each animal can be placed in a different room where an object belonging to the other animal is placed. They are taken out in turn and gently introduced to each other until the dog seems to feel comfortable and accepts the newcomer. Each day, the owner must spend time alone with the dog so that the dog does not feel left out since the arrival of a second pet.

A severe behavioral disorder

This is one of the reasons why a dog is 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 daily activity and a social life. If he is confined indoors from morning to night, and alone to boot, this type of attitude is not surprising. He must be able to interact with another animal or with his master through games or walks to share.

If you can't explain the origin of a behavioral problem, it is essential to talk to a veterinary behaviorist and/or to contact a professional dog trainer, i.e. one who has undergone real training to educate and socialize this type of dog.

Destructive dog: adopt the right attitude


In any case, the owner of a dog that destroys everything in the house must be patient and consider all the possibilities for socializing his little friend. It is useful to make sure that the dog is not 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 behavior with tact and consistency. Through play or Agility courses, it is possible to channel the animal's energy. If he spends a lot of time each day, we can see an improvement after a while. In any case, even if this type of dog, especially in adulthood, is difficult to control, its owner should not give up and should always respect his animal.