Dog chewing, Digging, Licking, Urinating in Home Problems

Dog chewing, Digging, Licking Excessively, Dog urinating in House - Friends for Life Dog Training LLC, we can Help you with your Dog’s Destructive Behavior.

Chewing, playing, exploring, and investigating their environment are normal behaviors for dogs – especially puppies! However, these normal behaviors can result in destruction of household property, which can become a serious and frustrating problem for owners. In fact, destructive behavior is one of the most commonly reported behavior problems in dogs. Dogs do not participate in destructive activities out of spite or revenge! Dogs often behave destructively to relieve anxiety or as an outlet for excess energy. While people may exercise, chew on their nails or have a drink to relieve tension, dogs tend to chew, dig, lick excessively, pace or house soil when anxious. Because destructive behavior has many potential causes, a careful analysis of the dog’s history and environment is necessary to help identify the cause of the problem so that effective behavior modification techniques can be recommended.

Sometimes puppy and dog training classes do not cover everything that happens with your dog and usually there is not enough time to personally address every issue in a one hour class. Don’t get me wrong because training your dog in class fun and is a great way to keep them occupied and learn new skills but sometimes we just do not have enough time in our busy lives to train as much as we would like.  I will discuss with you some very easy things to implement right away to stop your adult dog or new puppies destructive behavior.  We will discuss proper chew toys, exercise recommendations for each breed, diet (yes it has a lot to do with behavior) punishment and why it does not work to solve the problem and can and usually does make it much worse.  Friends For Life Dog Training LLC will come up with a plan that fits your life style and needs


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Common Causes of Destructive Behavior

Written by Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, and Rhea Dodd, D.V.M. in cooperation with the Denver Dumb Friends League (The Humane Society of Denver)

When teething, puppies’ gums may be painful. Chewing appears to help relieve the discomfort of teething. The behavior usually ceases after permanent teeth appear.

Separation anxiety
This is one of the most common causes of destructive behavior in dogs, particularly in those obtained from shelters or found as strays. Dogs with separation anxiety tend to display behaviors which reflect a strong attachment to their owners – following owners from room to room, displaying almost frantic greeting behaviors, and reacting to owners’ preparation to leave the house. Factors which can precipitate a separation anxiety problem include a change in the family’s schedule which results in the dog being left alone more often, a move to a new house, the death or loss of another family pet, or a period at a boarding kennel. Separation anxiety may be manifested by excessive vocalizations or house soiling, along with destructive behavior. THESE BEHAVIORS ARE NOT MOTIVATED BY SPITE OR REVENGE, BUT BY ANXIETY, AND PUNISHMENT WILL MAKE THE PROBLEM WORSE! Separation anxiety can be resolved using counter conditioning and desensitization techniques under the supervision of a professional dog trainer or animal behaviorist.

Fears and phobias
Fearful responses to thunderstorms and loud noises often involve escape attempts which result in destructive behavior. In these cases, doors, doorframes, window trim and screens and walls are often damaged. These problems can be especially dangerous, because excessively fearful dogs may injure themselves attempting to break through windows or doors to escape a feared situation.

Social Isolation or boredom
If dogs do not receive adequate opportunities for social interaction with their owners or if their environment is relatively barren, without playmates or toys, they may entertain themselves by engaging in activities which inadvertently result in destruction of property. Attention-getting behavior
Without realizing it, owners may pay the most attention to their dogs when they are misbehaving. Dogs which do not receive attention and reinforcement for appropriate behavior, may show destructive behavior when owners are present, as a way to attract attention – even if the attention is “negative” such as verbal scolding.

Play behavior
Normal play behavior can often result in destructive behavior, and often involves digging or chewing, shredding, and shaking of toy-like objects such as shoes, socks or paper objects. This is very common in young dogs and often occurs when the dog is unsupervised or does not have sufficient outlets for appropriate play behavior

Investigative behavior
Dogs may inadvertently damage items in their environment when they are exploring or investigating. Dogs investigate objects by pawing at them and exploring them with their mouths. Many dogs, especially retrievers and young animals, also like to fetch and carry objects. Novel or unfamiliar objects are often damaged in this manner, especially when dogs are left unsupervised for long time periods.

Inappropriate punishment
Excessive punishment or punishment after the fact for any misbehavior may elicit anxiety associated with the presence of the owner. Thus, anticipation of the owner’s return or arrival increases the dog’s anxiety level, and may result in destructive behavior to relieve the anxiety. Medical problems
Upper gastrointestinal irritation, dental or gum pain may cause destructive chewing in adult
dogs. Some diseases may cause excessive hunger (polyphagia), or eating of non-food items (pica). Consult your veterinarian if you suspect these problems. Inconsistent feeding routines. A hungry dog may go on a foraging spree, and destroy the house searching for food. Barrier frustrations some dogs become anxious, and therefore destructive, when confined in small areas such as crates (flight kennels) or small rooms (bathroom, laundry room). This may be associated with separation anxiety.

Predatory behavior
if dogs are attempting to pursue rodents underneath floorboards or behind walls, destructive behavior may result.

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