Four Ways to Stop Your Dog’s Destructive Behavior at Home

As dog owners, you probably have experienced just how destructive your pets can be around the house.  They knock things over and bite anything that they can get away with, even when they know they are not supposed to do it.  Even a well trained dog whom have been properly taught not to destroy household items just can’t resist doing it.

“The vast majority of behavior problems that you have with dogs are normal behavior patterns, but inappropriate for the setting in which they’re occurring,” says Daniel Q. Estep, Ph.D., a certified applied animal behaviorist in private practice in Littleton, Colorado.

What that means is that it is perfectly normal for a dog to chew things up, but it just doesn’t mix well when you have your valuable stuff in the same area that the dog resides.  The good news is that pets are quick learners so if you apply the following simple training tips then your dog will soon be off redirecting his ‘chewing energy’ onto something else.

1.  Supply your dog with plenty of toys.  Regardless if your dog is an adult or a puppy, be sure that there is always plenty of toys for them to chew on and play with.  If your dog has plenty of its own chew toys around then it will tend to focus its energy on those toys instead of your belongings.

2.  It is important not to give your dog toys to use, that actually belong to you.  For example, we all love to give the dog our old tennis shoe right?  It seems innocent enough, but think about that for a moment.  You just gave your dog permission to chew and destroy something that belongs to you.  Now how is he going to tell the difference between that shoe and your other belongings in the house?  He is not going to be able to.  In fact, you will confuse him even more.

3.  Be quick to stop any type of unwanted chewing behavior immediately.  Never let an instance go by where you caught your dog chewing up something that he shouldn’t have. If you let the dog get away with it even for just a few times, it will be that much harder to train him in the future.

4.  Create a unique room just for the dog.  Whether it is a full blown room or simply a crate, designating a place that your dog is sent to for disciplining or when you have to leave the house is a great way to help curb his natural instincts to chew up on everything.

Checking Your Dog for Fleas

Your dog should always have regular check-ups to make sure his health is in top shape.  The most important place to look at during these check-ups is on the dog’s skin.  There are several different types of infestations that can occur from parasites like the flea, ticks, lice, etc.

A sure sign that your dog has a skin problem that needs to be addressed is excessive itching and scratching.  There are some simple and easy ways to find out which type of insect is causing the dogs skin to itch, of which we will cover in this article.  The most common and most annoying problem are fleas.

The flea is an extremely common parasite.  This insect not only is troublesome for dogs but also most any other animals can be plagued by them.  Their bites are irritating and they live off the action of sucking the blood from its host.

To make matters worse, a dog may develop a severe allergy from the flea’s saliva.  This allergy can cause them to scratch frantically which makes their skin very sore and even bleed at times.

In order to check to see if there is a flea problem with your dog you can run a fine toothed comb over the dog’s fur.  This simple trick will catch a few of the fleas into the comb so that you can confirm that the problem is indeed fleas.

In order to rid your dog of all fleas and the egg’s that they lay you are going to have to do a lot more than just treat the dog. The first thing that you need to do is to vacuum the carpet thoroughly.  Fleas tend to move towards the edges so pay particular attention to cleaning those sections of your floor.  The dog’s bedding will have to be washed as well.

You are not finished yet!  It is important to spread a powdered household flea killer throughout your carpet and vacuum shortly after.  Do not keep the vacuum bag that you used to vacuum this powder and the dead fleas stored inside the house after use.  You must throw it away to avoid keeping some fleas that may have survived and will lay more eggs in your carpet.

Now it is time to treat your dog.  Most people purchase flea treatment from the store and do this task by themselves but it is advisable to see a vet.  A vet may use any number of particular systems to kill the fleas.  One way is to spray a solution onto the dog coat.  This will keep the dog from having an infestation for months.

A second option that your vet may give you is to either inject an anti-flea drug into their system or your pet can take the drug in tablet form.  This treatment will keep the dog free from fleas for up to one year and totally eradicates the need for  liquid solutions and  powders.

We hope that you have enjoyed this little tip on treating your dog for fleas.  Please check back periodically for additional information to help you better raise your family dog.