• Tali

3 tips to keep your destructive dog busy

Updated: Aug 22, 2019

If you're one of those owners, like me, who's dog destroys any soft toy within minutes (maybe even seconds) I know how frustrating it can be. Whether it's their own toys they tear apart, your shoes, furniture, or anything else, here are 3 tips to help.

1. Take your pooch for a walk

Being destructive can be a sign of boredom. Take your pup into the great outdoors for a wander and once you get home you should be able to appreciate some peace and quiet! Plus, when did fresh air and a bit of exercise do anyone any harm?

2. Distract, distract, distract

One of the best ways to cope with a painful pup is distraction. Chewing your slipper again? Throw their favourite ball and see them run for it and (hopefully) drop the slipper en route. The worst thing to do is make grabbing the item from the dog a game, don't chase your dog or try and tug it off them. If you have a spaniel like mine you'll never win!

3. Go natural

Natural is always best, so swap what they are nomming with a natural chew. There's a large variety available; my favourites are deer antlers, buffalo horns, and trotters. Deer antlers are quite pricey, but do last a long time, and trotters are the cheapest if you're on a tight budget. One thing to watch out for and avoid is rawhide - this may be cheaper but it is is bleached and harmful to dogs.

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