It is normal for dogs to chew on things, dig, and be protective over their territory. Dogs are diagnosed with destructive tendencies when they destroy things we don’t want them to, such as furniture, shoes, doors, or carpets. Dogs that have other symptoms like anxiety, fear, or aggression in combination with their destructive behavior are diagnosed with secondary destructive behavior.

The main reason why dogs are rehomed or end up in shelters is due to destructive behavior. It’s no surprise that owners can become very frustrated when their dogs start chewing furniture, destroying belongings, barking incessantly, and engaging in other destructive behaviors. But this behavior is rooted in causes that can be easy to fix if you dig a little deeper.

Not all destructive behavior is the same, however. When a dog chews on the wrong things or digs in the wrong place but does not have any other symptoms, this is considered a primary destructive behavior.

Solution: Although chewing can be irritating with the correct training and knowledge these annoying behaviors can be worked on. The focus on this issue we would recommend starting with a private one-on-one session. In this session we can identify why your dog is chewing and some ideas on redirecting your dog with using positive reinforcement.

Call Jason at 541-608-2857 Email: [email protected].