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My dog ruins the house
There are various reasons why our dog ruins the house. If he is a puppy or a “teenager,” he is probably going through the phase of growth in which his teeth are developing. It may help to provide him with a fair number of dog chews and chew toys. What about a leg of your antique buffet, which seems more attractive than the chews? In that case, we need to teach our dog which objects are suitable for chewing and which is not. Each time we see that our dog has decided to consume a buffet leg; we call him away and give him a chewable treat. Additionally, we can spray the objects which tempt our dog with an odourless, bitter liquid, available in pet shops.

Another reason for our dog destroying our belongings may be fear. The dog is restless, anxious, and afraid to be left alone in the house. As a result, he tries to vent frustration and other negative emotions. The worse thing is that after having eaten a buffet leg, he is afraid of our reaction. He expects that after the master comes back home, he will be in deep trouble. The fear of the owner’s reaction may cost the life of another buffet leg and thus a vicious circle is created. The problem may be resolved by training the dog to stay alone in the house. We start with a long, tiring walk. After we come back, we give the dog an exciting toy, a kong filled with food (pate is great); to get the food out, the dog will need to work hard for a long time. Then, we say “stay” and leave the house. We start with a ten-minute absence and gradually extend it to several hours. Remember to be patient and to give yourself and the dog time. We do not react to the possible damage after coming back, but move back a few steps in the practice by shortening the time of our absence and we provide the dog with additional chews.

Another reason for ruining the house may be growing frustration over inadequate amount of physical exercise. We should remember that every dog needs a long, exciting daily walk. If you have a destructive dog, we recommend a two-hour or longer walk, during which the dog has a chance to play with a ball, other dogs, or other attractions. As a result of physical fatigue, the dog should start to calm down. Next, we come back home and begin the exercise with the kong. Regardless of the individual reasons for destructive behaviour, we must always remember to satisfy the dog’s basic needs, namely proper amount of physical exercise and interaction with people and other dogs. Other vital elements are: carefully selected dog food, proper medical care, and our calm and patient approach.