Friday, August 21, 2009

Eliminating bad behaviors with toys

Toys that can have treats put inside, such as the Kong Extreme Dog Toy, that the dog must work at to get out can help eliminate bad behaviors by keeping the dogs' attention on the toy with the treats. If the dog is chewing and working hard to get the food, this means they will not be chewing furniture, barking, or doing other unwanted behaviors. Their primary focus is to get the treat or food out of that toy. In the wild, canines must work to get food. People make it easy for their pets to get food at home, therefore boredom sets in, which can lead to the bad behavioral habits, such as chewing on shoes or furniture. Owners that give their pets treats, or even their regular food, in items like toys that the pet must work at to get to the food, will have a happier and better behaved pet.

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angfavia said...

I have 2 dogs that I leave alone in the garage when I go to work. They have access to a side yard and we take them on short walks before leaving for the day. They are left with water and chew toys like tennis balls, ropes, and extreme Kongs which I put treats in.

The younger puppy has developed a really bad chewing habit though and has started to pull items out of containers and pulling things off the tables! We scold her when we get home and leave her alone in the yard. I know she is chewing out of boredome but aside from putting her in a crate all day I don't know what else we can do!

any other tips I might be missing?

Pet Depot said...

I would suggest buying the puppy some pig ears or bones that the puppy can chew on instead of just ropes and tennis balls. It will give your puppy a variety of different items that the puppy can choose from. This will help with the boredom issue your puppy is facing. If that still does not solve the problem, there are bitter sprays that you can purchase. We have an indoor bitter spray on our website if you would like to check it out. It is sprayed directly on item the puppy is chewing. It is not harmful to the puppy, but deters him from wanting to chew on the item anymore.

If all else fails, then the best thing to do is to try and relocate the containers or any other items the puppy may be tempted to chew on. Good luck!

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