Destructive behaviour in dogs
Understanding destructive behaviour
First we need to stop thinking of behaviours such as digging or chewing as destructive. Yes, they cause destruction but that's on human terms. Dogs are just performing natural behaviours.
Dogs explore their world using their mouths. This means they like to chew, especially when they are young. Puppies chew everything and all dogs continue to need to chew throughout their entire lives. That's every day!
Let's explore each of these behaviours...
Digging is a natural behaviour of dogs. Some dogs will dig more than others. Terriers for example. But all breeds and personalities of dogs will dig at times.
Dogs dig to find a cool spot in summer or a warm spot in winter. They dig to find grubs or roots to eat. They dig as is fun to help you with the gardening. They dig because they are bored. They dig because they are alone and anxious.
As this is an instinctive canine behaviour, it will be difficult to stop your dog digging. Instead you may have more success in satisfying your dog's need to dig.
Some dogs just love to roll in mud or animal poo. This may be, in the case of mud, to keep cool or to remove itchy parasites.
Rolling in poo may be an evolutionary behaviour to disguise their canine smell and cover themselves in the scent of their potential prey. 'Poo perfume'!
'Why does my dog dig, chew, try to escape, roll in mud?' I hear owners say. 'Because they're dogs!" I reply!!" Dr Jo