Why does my dog destroy things when I am not home?

Reasons Dogs Destroy Things When You’re Away

Remember dogs can’t speak our language. They can’t tell you what’s going on through words, but you can be assured that a dog that is destroying things is leaving a clear message. You just have to figure out what the message is and then you can respond appropriately. Here are some of the main reasons a dog causes destruction when you are not around:

Puppy. Puppies are notorious for chewing. Their teeth are coming in, getting lost, and coming in again. All of this causes a puppy to need to chew, just like a human baby. Some owners think, fine, when he is not a puppy he will stop. However, if you allow the habit to form, your puppy will keep chewing on inappropriate items for the rest of his life.

Boredom. Dogs get bored! Regardless of breed, all dogs need exercise and mental stimulation. If you are not providing enough of either you can be sure your dog will find something to do and you won’t be happy with the results.

Separation Anxiety. This is the most extreme type of destructive behavior. Dogs with true separation anxiety will do some pretty intense things. I’ve heard of dogs jumping out windows and literally eating drywall when their owners leave.