Why is my dog doing mischief? Tips to handle it

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Throughout their lives, all dogs do some mischief, especially when they are puppies. They may seem fun to us, although sometimes they are not so much since they destroy our belongings or the furniture in the house. Today we are going to analyze why dogs do mischief and most importantly how we can avoid them. Let’s start!

There are several reasons why your furry can do mischief; To prevent this from happening, it is important to identify what or what are the causes.

The most commons are:

Bad education when I was a puppy.

He gets bored when he is alone for very long periods.

little physical stimulation

Little cognitive stimulation.

Frustration and/or anxiety.

If you detect that your furry is mischievous for any of these reasons, we invite you to try these good practices that will surely improve his behavior:

1.- Give him something to entertain himself if he is going to spend long periods alone. KONG toys are a great alternative as they encourage play and provide entertainment while helping to satisfy a dog’s instinctual needs. KONG toys help exchange “unwanted” energy for positive behavior by offering dogs a physically and mentally stimulating challenge.

2.- In general, all toys that can be filled with candies, treats or pellets are also a great option to keep your dog entertained during the hours when he is alone and avoid destructive behavior.

Brands like ZEE.DOG and/or PLANET DOG have this type of toy so you can choose the most appropriate for your furry.

3.- Another way to entertain your dog with cognitive toys like those by Nina Otosson

These kinds of interactive toys exercise your dog’s mind and body. They prevent and reduce boredom, behavior problems, weight problems and strengthen your bond with your dog. These toys have different levels of difficulty which makes them a great alternative to challenge your dog and get him entertained and forget about mischief and unwanted behavior.

4.- Look for daily social and physical activities such as walks, field trips, meetings with other dogs of similar energy to yours and teach your furry to socialize with other dogs as soon as possible. In this way, the exits will serve to release energy and will prevent them from being aggressive.

5.- Attend a canine education program. These programs are useful for learning to interpret canine language, to correctly manage play sessions, walks, interaction with other dogs and people, visits to the vet and, above all, to prevent the most frequent behavioral problems in young dogs. and make your furry a balanced and happy dog.

6.- Dogs learn by observation, so at home do not yell at him or show anxiety when interacting with him. When he has done a mischief, show yourself calm, relaxed and calm but firm when teaching him that it is not well done. When your little friend does not obey or causes some damage in the house, we must challenge him so that he learns that he should not do it. We should only do it immediately after he has caused the disorder and in the event that he has done it while we were away from home, we should not do it right when we arrive because we will confuse him and he will be afraid of our return home. And another piece of advice is that if the dog is going to be left alone at home, it is better to leave it in a place where it cannot cause damage.

7.- Finally, if you find yourself overwhelmed by the situation, contact a professional (ethologist or trainer, depending on the case) who will help you to modify the unwanted behavior of your furry.

Let’s not forget that dogs are animals and we must be patient with them, give them a lot of love and help them learn to live happily with us. Antics are part of the adventure of sharing life with a dog, and you have to enjoy it and live it in an optimistic and positive way.

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By Lee Chun Hei