Animal Care Clinic Tips

May 1, 2012 2:27 PM by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP

Digging and Chewing

Kathleen and Darla both chimed in on KSBY's Facebook page, asking about their dogs digging and chewing habits. Here is what Bonnie had to say:

Kathleen and Darla,

Digging and chewing are common problems for young dogs. These are normal behaviors for dogs that simply inconvenience us as humans!

I am on vacation as I write this, and was walking with a fellow veterinarian this morning. We both have Border Collies and were laughing about all the destruction they caused as "children." We both agreed that the best solution is confinement when unsupervised - until they grow up (about 3 years old.)

I have seen clients spend a lot of time and money trying to "cure" a dog of these habits. Just as our elementary school and Junior High students tend to get in trouble exploring their worlds, our young dogs will dig, chew, bark, jump...... Keep them safe and keep your personal belongings out of harm's way for another 1-2 years, and you will probably find things settle down. (I got a call this morning from my pet sitter - apparently my 18 month old cow dog ate the lounge chair pad last night!)

If you like to try some behavioral modification techniques, our Drs. Evans and Greenberg are a great help! Good luck to you!

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