Demolition Doggy

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Every other month, our pet expert and Canine Coaches dog trainer, Jill Bailey, will answer your pet questions. Email her at jill@m3group.biz. For more information on Canine Coaches visit caninecoaches.com.

Do you ever wonder why your dog destroys toys? I too have wondered why my dog just demolishes them, and Iʼve ended up learning some interesting things about this behavior.

For one, your dog did descend from wolves, so, just like a wolf eats up their prey, a dog loves to chew up items. It gives them something to do and reduces boredom, maybe like a fidget spinner would for a human — you know how we can’t put those things down? Well, Rover, on the other hand, can’t stop chewing until all of that stuffing is out of his toy!

Now, you may be thinking, “Wait, I walk my dog and play with my dog on a regular basis. What’s with this toy chewing?” Remember some dogs are very high energy and need extra physical and mental stimulation, no matter how tired their owner is. It’s not unusual behavior, so don’t worry human — it keeps your pup happy! Please be sure to watch out for those squeakers though, and pull them out of toys once there is a hole in the toy. Also, when you see stuffing everywhere, pick it up and throw it away so your pup doesn’t try to eat it later.

I recently had a friend who moved in with a roommate, and they both have dogs. He was curious as to what he should do to make the moving transition as smooth as possible. This situation can be a bit different than most because both the people and dogs are moving into a brand-new place and need to get use to the unfamiliar environment. These dogs had already met each other and been around each other in previous situations, like the dog park and his former apartment, so the biggest tasks of familiarity was out of the way.

I’m still apprehensive, however, when you are bringing them together to live, because sometimes they may display behavior you’ve never seen before. I would suggest walking your dogs around their new yard and neighborhood if possible. When you take them into the house, let them walk around and discover all the rooms. Be sure you are with them at all times, and if they don’t know each other, like these dogs do, I would recommend keeping them on a leash.

Feed and water the dogs in the same consistent spot, and make sure you have areas figured out in advance and monitor their feeding habits. Watch for any unusual behaviors like tucked tails, ears back or raised hackles — separate dogs if necessary to ease their anxiety. They’re smart and will figure out who’s in charge. It’s still a promising idea to keep them in separate rooms when you aren’t home, until you’re comfortable with how they interact.

These are just a few suggestions. If you are having any issues or have any specific questions about your situation or dogs breed, be sure to contact a trainer that can come to your house and help you work through any problems you may be having; you can also discuss any issues with your veterinarian.


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Jill Bailey

Jill Bailey is the Media Specialist at M3 Group by day, by night she is helping train dogs for Canine Coaches! Having a life-long love of dogs, Jill decided to get her training certification in 2012. Visit caninecoaches.com for more information.