Adelle is a clever one! She doesn’t just tear apart and shred the stuffing from her dog beds. Nope, she’s very methodical with her dog bed destruction. She locates the zipper, proceeds to unzip, then starts removing the stuffing. I was surprised to see she was able to do this with 2 of her doggy beds!
And the third bed she de-stuffed…she didn’t tear the bed…nope, she unstitched one of the corners and pulled some stuffing out.
What’s Your Puppy Thinking?
Any time something like this happens with my puppy I know it’s my fault and not hers. A smart puppy will get bored. If you don’t stimulate your pup’s mind then she will stimulate it herself.
While I wish Adelle would go on the computer and finish some of my work, vacuum the floors, read a book, or do something else constructive to cure her boredom I know that unzipping and de-stuffing the bed is her way of stimulating her mind.
On the other hand maybe your puppy has anxiety. Have you ever read Marley and Me? If I recall correctly Marley had some anxiety issues from thunder storms and destroyed the garage. My brother’s dog has done the same thing in the garage in the summer time because of anxiety from fireworks.
As a puppy Linus had some noise anxiety issues (he still does) and was a bit of a destructive puppy. Some of the things that have helped Linus with his anxiety are:
- Turning on music to try and drown out noise from the outside - This works well and helps to keep Linus more calm.
- Put on his Thundershirt - We’ve had mild success with the Thundershirt.
- Give him access to his crate – Linus looks for a den area when he gets anxious. He sometimes resorts to the closet, but prefers his crate.
So the next time your puppy becomes destructive ask yourself is she a smart puppy that is bored? does she have anxiety? If so, what could I have done to mitigate the problem? Does my dog need more exercise physically and mentally? or do I need to do something to help her with her anxiety?
What about you? Have you had or do you have a destructive puppy? If so, is it boredom, anxiety, or something else? Tell us about it in the comment section below.