Does Your Tampa Bay Dog Dig, Chew or Exhibit Other Destructive Behaviors?

This can be a very costly as well as very annoying habit, not to mention bad for your dog if it chews and swallows something which later causes an obstruction requiring a trip to your Tampa vet. How frustrating must it be to arrive home and find that your dog has decided to perfect its DIY skills by stripping the wallpaper and removing large chunks of plaster from the wall or has chewed your favorite antique chair? It can be frightening to find that your dog fancies being an electrician and has systematically chewed through all the internet, phone and speaker cables in the house... it's a wonder they didn't give themselves a nasty shock!

We’ve also met Tampa dogs that have dug up and completely destroyed a backyard sprinkler system which cost thousands of dollars. Why is your Tampa Bay dog destructive? To some extent chewing and digging are natural dog behaviors, but they can also be symptoms of other issues, such as separation anxiety or stress.

Throughout our travels as Tampa Bay dog trainers, we have also met dogs that chew on themselves to the point they need medical attention.

Boredom and/or stress are to two main reasons that our dogs can become destructive. As with other behaviors it’s important to determine the cause(s) before working on changing the behavior.

Dogs have a natural desire to chew, so it's important that we try and satisfy this need. The abundance of available 'chew toys' have their place, but often they are not enough on their own. Some chewing is caused by frustration, so it's important not to overlook that we're dealing with a case of separation anxiety, or some other deeper cause. As with other behavioral issues we aim to find the reason the dog is chewing rather than just treating the symptoms.

Once the reasons for the behavior are determined, our Tampa Bay dog trainers can put a plan in place to change how the dog feels.

Want to stop your Tampa dog from digging, chewing and other destructive behaviors? Our Tampa Bay dog training will prevent these destructive behaviors!


For further information and to find out how we can help you with your dog

Call Tampa Dog Trainers at 1-877-500-BARK (2275) or e-mail us directly

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