Why Do Puppies Destroy Things?

Why Do Puppies Destroy Things?

Hi friends! Today we will learn why young puppies around the world drive their parents crazy on the reg by destroying all types of things! Puppies can be incredibly cute and endearing and we at Kingboy advocate for having as many dogs as possible (adopt them if you can, please!). However, as the millions of dog owners out there know, puppies have razor sharp teeth, endless energy, little common sense or life experience, and infinite bravery. All of this adds up to many situations where puppies can be quite destructive, especially when they are teething or going through other developmental stages. Understanding why puppies destroy things is important in order to find ways to prevent or mitigate this behavior.

One of the main reasons puppies destroy things is due to their natural curiosity and need to explore their environment. As they grow and develop, they will use their mouths and paws to investigate and learn about the world around them. This can include chewing on furniture, shoes, or other household items. This behavior is especially common in breeds that have a strong tendency to chew, such as Labrador Retrievers or German Shepherds.

Another reason for destructive behavior in puppies is due to their need for physical and mental stimulation. Puppies, like all dogs, have a strong instinct to be active and engaged, and if they are not provided with enough opportunities to do so, they may turn to destructive behavior as a way to alleviate boredom and pent-up energy.

Additionally, puppies, just like human babies, go through teething stages, during this stage they feel discomfort and pain in their gums, as a result, they will chew on anything they can find to alleviate this discomfort. This is why it's important to provide them with appropriate chew toys and bones to gnaw on during this stage, which can help to redirect their chewing instincts in a more positive direction.

Separation anxiety is another reason why puppies may destroy things when left alone. Puppies are social animals and thrive on companionship and interaction. When they are left alone for long periods of time, they may become anxious and stressed, which can lead to destructive behavior as a way to cope with their emotions.

Finally, destructive behavior in puppies can also be a sign of underlying medical issues. For example, some puppies may chew excessively as a result of dental problems or gastrointestinal issues. It's important to rule out any potential medical causes for destructive behavior before addressing it as a behavioral issue.

In conclusion, puppies are naturally curious and active animals that need a lot of physical and mental stimulation. They also go through teething stages and may suffer from separation anxiety. Without the proper outlets for their energy and instincts, they may turn to destructive behavior as a way to alleviate boredom or pent-up energy. Therefore, it's important to provide them with appropriate chew toys and bones, plenty of exercise and playtime, and a consistent routine to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.

Last but not least, our most important piece of advice? Get a Kingboy dog bed! Many of our customers have noted that their chewy, naughty dogs have been unable to destroy our dog beds, and nothing makes us prouder! We make our dog beds with a unique recyled poly blend fabric that is made to withstand a beating, and each bed is handstitched by a team of expert upholsterers in a facility just outside of St. Louis! We can't wait for our mighty dog beds to impress you and your mischevious dogs. 

Back to blog