Puppies are energetic little creatures with a natural desire to explore the world they live in. Every single thing they see and feel is fair game as they try to learn. They don’t need you to be around in order for the exploration to take place. This need to explore continues as they get older, with the need to “destroy” seemingly on their agenda.
There are a number of reasons why puppies and dogs look for mischief:
- Testing their limits to find out what they can and cannot get away with
- Stress that is born out of having too much freedom and no obvious limits
- To burn energy, which is what happens if you don’t find time to exercise them
- The psychological disorder of separation anxiety
…plus some others that we have yet to figure out.
If you are still trying to figure out the solution to destructive behavior, read on:
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO GET THIS DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR UNDER CONTROL, YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR PET IN A SAFE DOG-PROOF LOCATION.
ANY DAMGE DONE BY YOUR PUPPY IS NOT HIS FAULT, IT’S YOURS!!
Puppies are basically born to be bas because they just don’t know any better. It is your responsibility to make sure that energy is spent in constructive ways. This is not a guarantee that he will ALWAYS be good, but it will help him learn how to behave.
Take a moment to think about potential solutions to correcting bad behavior when you can’t supervise. What you will probably find is that the answers are pretty obvious.
IF YOU CANNOT BE PRESENT, KEEP YOUR PUPPY CRATED
If you have a busy schedule, this will mean that your puppy will be spending a lot of time in his crate. If you can use your free time to teach him the rules of your home, the amount of time he has to spend crated will decrease. It is up to you to making teaching your puppy good manners a daily event. The more time that you out in to the training of your puppy, the sooner you will see results. The time commitment is not necessarily as much as you think, as just 5 minutes per day is usually enough. Puppies have short attention spans, so making lessons any longer than that can just be a waste of time. That said, they do need constant guidance.
KEEP YOUR PUPPY BY YOUR SIDE AS YOU GO THROUGH THE HOUSE
There are a couple of ways to make that happen:
Spend a little money to have enough baby gates that will allow you to confine your puppy to a small area. You still need to watch him, so don’t get too comfortable when he is fenced in.
It is easy to fine an inexpensive 6 foot leash that can be clipped to your puppy’s leash, with the other end attached to your belt, which is known as the umbilical cord technique. Not only do you get to keep him close, the tugs on the leash will serve as a reminder that he is nearby. Again, you will still need to keep an eye on your puppy. The bonus here is that you don’t need to constantly move barricades around to keep him enclosed. Some puppies will try to chew through the leash, so keep an eye out for that. You will want to make sure that he is occupied as you go through the house, so bring a bone or a chew toy that will keep him busy as you move around. You can even teach the phrase “get your toy” to help keep him occupied.
As your puppy learns to behave, you can start to combine the gates and the leash. Start by unhooking the leash from your belt so that he is dragging it around with him. You should only do this if you can supervise at all times, as he can become tangled. If there is an issue, it’s easy to step on the leash to catch him. Puppies will know when you are angry or frustrated, and they will bolt. Stepping on the leash makes it impossible for him to escape and do more damage.
The best results comes when using a combination of all the techniques mentioned above. Puppies need time in their crate as much as they need freedom to explore and learn. Each situation is different, so use the combination that best suits your needs.