Banish Your Canine Criminal
Make the crime scene off limits by closing that room’s door. If that’s not feasible, create a jury-rigged barrier across the doorway. However, realize that your determined eighty-pound pooch will likely thwart your efforts, knocking the obstacle aside and heading for the couch.
Perhaps your refined companion enjoys fine literature for dessert. If so, place your books and magazines on higher shelves. If he prefers fine footwear, stash the expensive shoes in an inaccessible closet.
Unpleasant Dining Experience
If Charlie’s fixated on the furniture, give him the worst dining experience he’s ever had. Buy a vet-recommended chewing deterrent, and spray this horrible-tasting liquid on or near your dog’s current targets.
Lure him into licking a deterrent-saturated paper towel. After he stops shuddering with horror, he’ll likely make the connection between the two nasty substances.
Give Charlie’s choppers a more acceptable target. Buy several “indestructible” chew toys. If your dog’s diet includes snacks, pack a treat puzzle with kibbles or coveted peanut butter. If he thrives on tug-of-war games, purchase a sturdy two-way pull toy that will work his impressive jaws.
Exercise and Obedience Training
Maybe your energetic dog needs more constructive activity. Provide additional daily exercise, such as brisk neighborhood walks and dog park runs. An obedience training class will teach him who’s in charge; and he’ll learn to respond to basic commands. If he previously completed a course, he clearly needs a refresher. Hopefully, he’ll be too worn out to attack the furniture.
Ask your Livonia, MI vet how to prevent Charlie’s chewing when he’s alone. To stop your dog from destroying the furniture, contact us for expert advice.