Help! My puppy is destructive when left out of the crate.
The first thing to understand is that your dog may not be destroying anything because there are no objects in the room where your dog could damage them. Your dog might have been playing or sleeping, but it’s possible that she was just trying to get comfortable before going back inside her crate.
If she had been left outside, then maybe she would have destroyed something. However, if your dog is only doing this while you’re gone, then it’s probably due to being bored or having some other reason.
There are several ways to solve this problem:
1) You need to keep her busy.
If you want your dog to stop destroying stuff, then you need to make sure that she gets enough exercise. She needs to go outside regularly so that she doesn’t feel like she has nothing else to do.
There are many activities that will keep your dog occupied such as fetching toys, playing ball, chasing squirrels etc.
2) You need to give her a toy or treat every time she goes outside.
This way, she’ll associate going outside with getting treats and toys. She’ll be more likely to go outside if she knows that something good will happen.
Also, when she comes back in, you should play with her or give her a treat. This way, she’ll also associate coming inside with getting rewards.
3) You need to leave her inside the crate for short periods of time.
The first step is to get your dog used to staying inside the crate for increasingly longer periods of time. Begin by giving your dog treats and toys when she first goes inside.
After a few minutes, put a blanket or cloth over the crate for a few minutes and give her treats under there. Then, cover the crate for a minute or two and then reward her. Keep increasing the time that she stays in the crate without getting any rewards.
Another thing you can do is throw her toys near the crate or even inside it to keep her entertained. Many dogs learn to entertain themselves with these activities.
When you’re leaving your dog home alone, it’s important that she stays in the crate and doesn’t destroy anything. Otherwise, you could possibly get fined for not having your dog supervised or you could even get your dog taken away from you.
Make sure that everything is safe from your destructive canine friend.
How to stop separation anxiety in dogs?
Dogs can suffer from separation anxiety just like humans. They get very anxious when the people they love are not around. It is extremely frustrating to come home to destroyed objects and chewed up furniture. There are many reasons why dogs can develop separation anxiety, but there is a way to help cure it.
1) You need to make sure that your dog gets enough exercise.
Take your dog on a walk at least once every day. This will not only keep your dog in shape, but it will also help her sleep better at night.
Try taking your dog to a park so that she can meet other dogs and get plenty of exercise.
2) Try leaving your dog with a friend or family member for a few hours when you have to leave.
The process is still the same. Your friend should give the dog treats and toys as soon as she arrives.
The difference is that your friend should only stay for a few hours at first. Try having your friend stay for longer periods of time over time.
3) Always make sure that your dog is comfortable around the person that you leave him with.
Make sure that he doesn’t get overly excited or stressed when you’re about to leave him. Also, leave him somewhere that he’s very familiar with, like your home, and not at some place that’s unfamiliar, like a park.
These tips can be helpful if your dog has developed separation anxiety. Your veterinarian may have other tips and techniques that can help as well.
Don’t worry too much if your dog gets a little anxious when you leave. Most dogs go through this at some point in their lives.
How to stop your dog from barking?
Dogs can be very loud sometimes. They bark at the door when you’re not home, they bark at people walking down the street, they bark at other animals, and sometimes they bark for no reason at all. It can be extremely frustrating to have your dog barking all the time. There are a few ways that you can stop your dog from barking.
1) The best and most effective way to stop your dog from barking is to crate train her.
When dogs feel secure in their crates, they’re much less likely to bark. Therefore, if you want your dog to stop barking, you should get her a good dog crate and train her to use it.
2) Another way to stop your dog from barking is to teach her what the word “quiet” means.
When your dog starts barking, say the word “quiet” in a firm voice. After she stops barking for a second or two, give her a treat and lots of praise.
Keep doing this until she makes the connection that the word “quiet” means to stop barking.
3) You can also spray water in your dog’s face whenever she barks.
This aversive technique will make your dog stop barking because of the discomfort. However, this method is slightly controversial and some people believe that it does more harm than good.
4) Some people recommend putting hot sauce on your dog’s food every time she barks.
The theory behind this is that the dog will eventually learn that every time she barks, she gets hot sauce on her food. Therefore, she’ll stop barking to prevent this from happening.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Coping with confinement–a guide to crate training (K Mallatratt – petremedy.co.uk)
- Housebreaking & Training Your Puppy: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-242 (P Storer – 2000 – books.google.com)
- How to Raise Your New Puppy in a Cat Family: The Complete Guide to a Happy Pet-Filled Home (J Sonnenberg – 2010 – books.google.com)