You come back from your day job and you find your interior repetitive, the cushions in pieces, your shoes in pieces, your beautiful new piece of furniture covered in marks of bites and, possibly, urine signs and even small souvenirs. more fragrant on your beautiful living room carpet. It’s hard to stay calm in the face of a harmful dog. However, anger is useless, because your pooch will not understand you and therefore will not stop this behavior. But what to do? Why is your little companion robbing your insides like this? How to overcome this unfortunate phenomenon? Find out our solutions and our advice in this file.
Harmful dog: what is it?
A destructive dog is a dog that destroys or damages the property of his master or his home on a daily or very frequent basis. Furniture, various items, shoes, cushions, upholstery … the animal can cause a lot of damage to its mouth and nails, but it can also be contaminated with its urine and feces.
Often, this behavior occurs without the dog owner.
Harmful dog: what are the causes of this phenomenon?
To address this type of bad and harmful behavior, the cause must be understood in order to provide an appropriate solution. However, this phenomenon can have many origins.
stress and fear
In dogs, the occurrence of hyperattachment is frequent. If the dog is separated from its mother too early, if she leaves it voluntarily or involuntarily or if it is over -groomed by its owner after adoption, the small animal may be attached to the latter to the point that it is no longer possible. . be alone. These doggies feel constant reliance on their owner which is their only source of security and comfort. Consequently, without the master, even for just a few minutes, the dog will experience hell and show his anxiety of separation by destroying familiar objects, especially those that carry his odor.
Lack of activity
Your dog may suffer from boredom and try to occupy himself or show his discomfort by destroying things around him. This attitude allows him to distract himself and let go without him seeing any harm in it.
Hyperactivity and hypersensitivity
Many young dogs are overactive and overly sensitive, a behavior that is likely to decline with age. These dogs, which are largely abandoned or too early separated from their mother, often suffer from uncleanness and harmful behavior. Usually, they will react to little noise or little movement, they will bark at anything that moves and bite anything they can reach. This phenomenon is explained by an incomplete education.
Dogs are more common animals, such as cats. Any change, however small, can be badly experienced. Some dogs thus suddenly adopt harmful behavior to show their anger or their sense of injustice when there is movement, changing the house, bringing a child home, adopting a new the animal. , death, and so on. , and this, to the great sorrow of the master who did not understand this reaction.
Harmful dog: how to solve the problem?
Be sure of your surroundings
When you go home and see the damage, there is no point in allowing your anger to dominate you. Your dog will not understand your reaction, because he will not be able to associate your present emotion with past actions. Even if you catch him in the act, he will think of your crying as an injustice, because his behavior shows his discomfort. It usually looks this way to alert you.
So start by taking a walk with him to understand and unwind both of you. Then you can start cleaning.
When you come back from a walk, send your pooch to rest in his basket and lay down. Don’t do it in front of him so he doesn’t play it.
Be sure to secure your interior at the same time, putting valuable or fragile items and sources of danger out of reach. This will allow you to limit the damage if there is a return.
A precaution that can be useful before taking steps to solve the problem.
What solutions can be put in place to address this harmful behavior?
Starting by identifying the cause of this behavior, it will allow you to put in place an appropriate solution. If you can’t find it, don’t hesitate to consult a professional (veterinarian or veterinarian) to get help.
Here are the solutions you can think of.
Stress case solutions
Your dog is struggling with your loss. The solution is to teach him to allow them. Here are our tips.
Reduce its accessible space if you are far away. Just leave him a room or two (with everything he needs) to keep his surroundings safe and thus keep him confident. This way, you can also isolate it from the weak elements of the house.
- Avoid making your departures into events, by reassuring your pooch and saying goodbye, because that way you will understand he has reason to worry. Better to come out like nothing happened.
- Avoid making your return events, because again, your dog should be indifferent to your losses. It’s up to you to start the contacts. So when you get home, take care of your things, hide your coat and your shoes, and then you can spend time sitting with your dog for some pets.
- Get him used to the things he took with him when you left. Your dog will definitely feel the tension rise when you touch your keys, take out your bag or put on your jacket. Do these actions every now and then without going out so that he no longer involves these actions and things in your absence.
- Walk for a while (a few seconds then a few minutes) then slowly lengthen your losses, so that he understands that the fact that you are walking in the door does not mean that you have systematically lost many hours.
- Leave him something to take care of so he can bear your loss. A bone sticker, a toy… all useful and harmless accessories are great.
Solutions in case of lack of activity
Adopting a dog is not something that is not random. You agree to take care of your little companion every day, and so spend time with it every day. Your pet needs at least 30 minutes of exercise per day outside the yard. So you have to take him for a walk to allow him to occupy himself healthy.
Don’t hesitate to suggest some activities with her, if she has the capacity. Running, cycling, swimming, treasure hunting… all activities to be shared with him are welcome.
Of course, you can also enroll your pet in dog sports and activities. Agility, obedience, dog dancing … there is no shortage of ideas and will allow your pooch to try on himself and in contact with his congeners, a great way to maintain good socialization.
Finally, leave something to take care of at home to soothe the boredom of your absence. Toys, chewing bones … different pleasures.
Solutions for hyperactivity and hypersensitivity
Do not allow these diseases to be resolved, because they can have terrible consequences on the animal and come with a constant anxiety, a sociopathy, even a depression that is likely to cause the death of the dog.
Consult your veterinarian to set up appropriate drug therapy and/or behavioral therapy.
Other solutions to be implemented
In addition to the targeted solutions we discussed earlier, there are other simple tips you can implement to help your pet stop this harmful behavior.
- Aromatherapy (essential oils) and Bach flowers: some essences (lavender, mandarin yellow, bitter orange petitgrain, marjoram, etc.) or the complex save (Bach flowers) are valuable allies in comforting your dog on a daily basis in a natural way and in helping him stop this negative behavior. However, avoid self-medication which can be dangerous and prefer to seek advice from your veterinarian.
- Natural repellents: to keep your pooch away from things he wants to destroy or target, you can use a natural repellent such as white vinegar or lemongrass, lavender or peppermint essential oil. Spray it before you leave to protect your contents. However, this harmless solution will not last long.
- Give him quality time: spending time with your dog is good, but quality time is better! Basically, the idea is not to stay planted next to your pet with a phone in hand or in conversation with your neighbors. You have to be 100% dedicated to your pooch. No need to do more, better 10 minutes to 20 minutes per day of real sharing than hours of “false presence”.
- Be on the initiative of all contacts: we have already discussed this, but it is important that you are systematically present at the source of all contacts, at all times. It allows you to establish yourself as dominant in the relationship and thus build a healthier trust and bond, but also to make your pooch understand that he needs to respect you. It’s up to you when to hug, play, rest, go out, and so on. When your little friend approaches you, ignore him (don’t talk to him, don’t look at him or touch him) and turn your back on him until he walks away and walks away. Only then can you call him back to give him what he wants. In this way, you also teach him that giving allows him to earn a reward, an important lesson every day!
- Reduce his space: if you don’t, remember that it’s important to reduce his space by giving him access to only one or two rooms in the accommodation, which of course should have all his necessities. It reassures him and reassures him, but also separates him from the elements he wants to destroy. You also keep him from worrying about going up and down the house in hopes of finding you there.