Most dogs love toys. Don't we all? Toys are so much fun! Your dog can toss them around, hide them in secret places, carry a toy around the house and snuggle up with a toy at the end of the day. However, if you have a dog that likes to destroy toys, you know that sometimes it's not all fun and games. Your dog may pull the stuffing out of a toy and leave piles of fluff all over the house. Or maybe they chew plastic toys apart into small, sharp, dangerous plastic pieces. What can you do with a dog who destroys toys? These activities will help you get started!
While it is a nice idea that your dog has multiple toys at their disposal, maybe that isn't the best idea for a pup who likes to destroy toys. Taking a toy away from a dog once they are done playing will surely increase the lifespan of the toy and prevent you from constantly having to buy new toys. Also, by taking the toy away, you make it even more special in a dogs eyes - it is a prize, something they have to earn now. So what is the best way to play and put away a toy without your dog getting upset? Let's take a look!
Dogs who have a tendency to destroy toys may just have a lot of pent up energy. Maybe your pup isn't getting enough exercise during the day and would really benefit from an extra walk or run. When a dog has no way to release all of their extra energy, they may turn to destruction. After all, chewing apart every toy they own will help relieve some boredom. So help your dog by facilitating high energy activities that doesn't involve ripping apart all of their toys. There are so many things you and your pup can do outside that it is hard to pick just one!
Some dogs will destroy toys because they are not mentally stimulated enough. Your dog could be bored and need something new in their life. Ripping apart a toy seems like something new and different, right? Well, prevent doggy boredom by trying one of these activities that will arouse your pup's brain and make them focus on something other than tearing the stuffing out of that toy. Once you try one of these activities to mentally stimulate your dog, remember to continue to try new things as well (try this whole list!) - keep that boredom at bay! Your pup (and the toys) will thank you.
Sometimes dogs will destroy toys because they are stressed (have you ever wanted to rip things up when you are feeling stressed?). Put on some soothing music, create a calm environment and try to relax your dog.
If your dog destroys toys constantly, maybe you should look for a new type of toy that is a little tougher and well made. Many toys out there claim to be 'indestructible' so give them a try!
Dogs destroy toys for all different reasons but the bottom line is that you don't want them to do this anymore. So give your dog a few alternative activities and they are sure to thrive. Maybe your pup will still rip up a toy every now and then but curbing this behavior takes time. Get involved in your dog's play time, help them get some energy out and teach them how to relax in a positive, nondestructive way. Keep those toys safe!