Destructive dogs and ways to keep your dog from being bored

Destructive Dogs – How To Relieve The Boredom

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Destructive dogs can really try your patience so read on for tips on preventing this behaviour

Destructive dogs can go through toys like nobody’s business and they will get bored very easily. This is particularly true for more intelligent dogs. These boredom busters are great to give your dog some play variety!

We have tried to keep these tips simple using some materials available to everyone as well as some great boredom busting toys that are available.

Toys you can make to prevent destructive dog behaviour

Recycle an old t-shirt

The first is super simple, cheap and great fun for pups who love tug of war or fetch. Recycle an old t-shirt or pair of trousers! Cut the item of clothing into strips, and braid them together! It’s as simple as that. You will be left with a great toy for throwing and playing tug of war with! You can even get creative and use a couple of items of clothes with different colours. Be sure to keep an eye on the integrity of the homemade toy. If it starts to full to pieces and gets a bit scruffy, make a new one! We don’t want your pooch swallowing bits of old t-shirt!

Find the treat

A great way to get them thinking is to place treats in a couple of the compartments of a twelve-hole muffin tin and then place a tennis ball in each hole. See how long it takes them to find the treats.

A delicious cool treat

On hot days, why not make your pup a big ice cube to chew on and play with. Use an old tub or ice-cream container to create a big ice block. Your pup will love it! Even more exciting, put a toy or treat into the water before freezing, this way your dog can play with the ice cube and try to retrieve the treat or toy. If you want to go all out, you could even use stock and freeze the stock rather than just water. A delicious cool treat for your four-legged friend. Be careful with this though. Things like onion and garlic are believed to be toxic to dogs. You’re best off creating your own stock, so you know exactly what is going into it and can keep it dog friendly!

Explore with food time

Another great way to keep your dog occupied is to explore with food time! A bowl is so boring. You can get creative with how you feed your pooch. This is great for dogs who eat super-fast! You can use a kong rather than a bowl so your pooch has to think about how to get to the food. It’s a great way of extending dinner time and turning it into a game.  You can use all kinds of tricks. Feeding your pooch in different places rather than having his bowl in one spot all the time. Change it up and keep it fresh for your furbaby!

Excellent toys for destructive dogs

Dog Agility Course

What about keeping your dog active with a 6-piece exercise agility course.  This course is a great way to keep your dog active, work their brain and deter them from being a destructive dog.

A great indoor agility and fitness course is the Outward Hound Zip & Zoom Agility Kit.  It features four poles for your dog to weave through, a wide square tunnel for your dog to run through and an adjustable high jump hurdle.

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A great activity toy for when your dog is on their own

Dogs can really get bored when on their own for most of the day.  They need toys that they can use to entertain themselves.

This hanging bungee ball from Aussie Dog can reduce the destruction of your home by ensuring your dog isn’t bored.  It is an activity that can prevent boredom, separation anxiety and excessive barking.  Your dog can pull down on the toy and the ball will spring up as he releases it which then encourages him to do it again, keeping him occupied for quite a while.


The Good Old Kong

The Kong has been around for a long time as is a great and very durable chew toy that you can leave with your dog to keep her occupied.  It has a hollow centre where you can stuff your dog’s favourite treats and can also be used as a toy for playing fetch.  There is the classic red Kong for normal chewers and the black Kong Extreme made of super-durable rubber for more destructive dogs.  The black Kong is recommended for the most powerful chewers.

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And to sum it up….

Most of all your dog loves to engage with you so play some games with your pup as not only do they get exercise but play is good for them physically and mentally and you strengthen that bond with them.

Your might also find this article on doggie playtime useful for dealing with destructive dog behaviour.


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  1. Beverley Donald : November 22, 2020 at 10:49 am

    From: Beverley Donald
    Sent: Saturday, 21 November 2020 11:02
    To: Don’t Fret Pet
    Subject: Re: Is your dog naughty or nice?


    My Stumpy-tailed Australian Cattle dog Ned was given, along with other dog family members, a stuffed toy Santa Claus. Apparently most, if not all were destroyed within a few days. However, we placed his on his chair. He still has it with only a slight tear in the ‘belt buckle’ many years later. It serves as his ‘security blanket’. My Cavalier King Charles spaniel is not interested in toys, except for the ball she likes to chase, for a limited number of throws, each morning, before coming to me for carrot and celery ‘treats’ for sitting, standing, shaking hands etc.

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