Why Do Dogs Tear Up Stuff When You Leave?
Many dogs get into mischief now and then, but if your dog often tears stuff up when you leave, it could be a sign of anxiety. Anxiety in dogs is quite common, and it ranges from mild to severe. It won't resolve itself if ignored, so if you suspect your dog is suffering from anxiety, it's important to take steps to address the issue before it gets worse.
Is It Anxiety Or Boredom?
Boredom is another reason that your dog may be destructive, so how do you tell the difference between separation anxiety and boredom? Here are a few hints that it's anxiety:
- Your dog only acts up when you're not there.
- The destruction is accompanied by excessive barking.
- Your dog tries to escape.
- Your dog goes to the bathroom in the house.
Dogs with severe anxiety are not only destructive, but they may even injure themselves trying to escape. That's why it's so important to find a resolution.
Work with your vet to determine if your dog is just bored and lonely or if he's suffering from anxiety and then you can address a solution to his behavior based on that.
- Ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise—and that means different things to different dogs. Some pets are fine with a 30-minute walk each day while others need to be much more active.
- Provide interactive toys, such as treat puzzles, to keep his mind busy. Swap out the toys often to keep it interesting.
- Consider investing in doggy daycare especially if you work long hours. Hiring a dog walker is another option.
While mild anxiety can sometimes be resolved with the use of calming products, by changing the dog's environment, or even by playing classical music, moderate to severe cases may require the help of a vet or animal behaviorist.
The good news is that destruction due to boredom and anxiety are behaviors that can be resolved with the right interventions.
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