Why Do Dogs Destroy Furniture?
Sometimes our furry family members decide to gnaw on our furniture. Most dogs prefer wood items such as chair legs. But many also find great satisfaction from unstuffing a pillow. It probably reminds them of their wolfie passed and makes them feel good. There are a few reasons dogs destroy furniture and a few things you can do to prevent it.
When a puppy is losing his baby teeth and the permanent adult teeth are growing in, it’s painful. He wants to alleviate the pain. To do this, he chews on things. If the puppy does not have access to enough toys, he will turn his chompers to your furniture. He isn’t being mean. He is just trying to make himself feel better. You can prevent your puppy from gnawing on your prized possessions by keeping him in a room or pen that does not have any furniture in it and also providing your puppy with plenty of chew toys! Soft rubber toys such as Kings are good for teething puppies.
If your dog is an adult, you can’t use the “teething” excuse. Most dogs that chew on furniture as adults are bored. If you are away most of the time, and especially if it’s a high energy dog, he will turn to look at what is available to chew on to reduce his boredom. Some dogs feel a sense of accomplishment when they chew through the legs of your dining table. To prevent this from happened, give your dog plenty of chew toys of many different types. Also make sure your dog gets regular exercise. If your dog is tired, he is less likely to use his energy chewing on furniture. If you’re going to be gone all day, it might be a good idea to take your dog for a walk in the morning to allow him to get some of his energy out before he is confined to the house all day. If you have a yard, you can also leave him in the yard all day. No furniture out there!