Asked on Jun 01, 2017

My dog is eating my couch- what can I do?

by Rachel
Our amazing dog icon is a bit over a year old. We have been leaving him alone in the house for at least the past 6 months.
Only this past week and a half, when we leave him alone in the house (even for short hours), he starts ripping our couch apart!
So I have 2 questions:
1) Any tips for this kind of thing NOT to happen again? and
2) How can I repair this damage? (you are talking to a VERY beginner DIYer, so please keep explanations simple :)
q my dog is eating my couch
q my dog is eating my couch
  12 answers
  • Javier Cisneros Javier Cisneros on Jun 01, 2017
    The pup needs toys to play with my pup used to chew on furniture, she now has many toys and problem solved. if your home is cold keep a bed with blankets for the pup to lay and cover itself.

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    • Rachel Rachel on Jun 01, 2017
      not shown in the pic- but he has a ball, 3 chew toys and about 5 bones.
      It is def not a lack of toy problem, but I appreciate the tip

  • Julie Julie on Jun 01, 2017
    Your dog is bored and needs to be walked everyday. Even better if he has an area where you can get him to run that would be great. Dogs get bored and get themselves in trouble when left alone.

    • Rachel Rachel on Jun 01, 2017
      We make sure to walk him at least 30-45 min before leaving the house. He is always well-walked and tired out.
      This also only started recenty, and we havent changed our walking habits with him recently....

  • Ginger the farm gal Ginger the farm gal on Jun 01, 2017
    He's bored, fence your yard and let him out, but beware he will get bored in the yard too, or take him with you.

  • Mary Gendron Mary Gendron on Jun 01, 2017
    We had to get a dog cage in the for our dog, she'd tear the house apart whenever we left. After a while on short leaves, we'd not put her in it, gradually we got her not to misbehave. It could be a separation anxiety thing.

  • Sam Sam on Jun 01, 2017
    kennel the dog while you are gone and then when you are home, give it lots of exercise. (a large enough kennel though)
    mary has followed what most dog trainers suggest.
    or dedicate an area in your garage (blocked off with nothing in the area to chew)
    and that would give the dog a bit more room to roam, but yes, it could be the dog is just bored. wouldn't you be if you were stuck home all alone all the time and no exercise to speak of???
    i think people who have dogs should be around to actually take care of them.
    its kind of like people get them and then the dog is home alone all day stuck in a kennel or chained in the yard.
    not sure why people have pets if they are never home to care for them.

  • Fong-Lie Bavelaar Fong-Lie Bavelaar on Jun 01, 2017
    It's still a pup, he/she is bored, and I totally agree with, it could be a separation anxiety problem.
    1 Ball, 3 chews and 5 bones is not enough toys. Ad a whole bunch of toys when you are leaving, put those away when you are home, This way the toys are new for him/her, and interesting for him/her.

    When you come home don't punish him/her when something is chewed up, he/she don't understand this, you have to caught this behaving right away to train a dog. Dog is happy when you come home, and don't understand the punishment.

    I absolutely hate it to put a dog in a cage when leaving, but this is a personal opinion. With training you can do a lot, step 15 minutes out of the house, come back and praise him/her, ad time later. The dog needs to learn, you will always return.

    For your couch. The side is easy to fix, get some material, staple it to the wood. Seat needs to be recovered.
    Throw very old blankets on the couch when you are gone, let him/her tear it apart, dog needs this to play with, or to cuddle up in.

    Do not hesitate to ask for advice, the more advice, the better for you and pup. Every dog has a different personality so try it all.
    Good luck!!

  • None None on Jun 01, 2017
    I also hate crates but they do work. Another idea is to give the dog a room he can be free in. Put a baby gate up at your kitchen door and that way he will stay in there while you are gone. In the event he chews on your kitchen chair legs then simply leave the chairs in another room while he is in there. He'll outgrow this behavior eventually.

  • Ren21450645 Ren21450645 on Jun 01, 2017
    My poodle used to chew and rip everything he could find when I left him. My vet told me he was frustrated and the easiest way to stop it, was to have him fixed. I did this, and nothing else was ever chewed. Of course, this won't work if you want to breed the animal. I would talk to your vet, as each type of dog has their own characteristics.
    come to think of it, years ago, I had a terroir who chewed shoes and after I had him fixed, he stopped, too.

  • Judy savard Judy savard on Jun 06, 2017
    Have you started using a different perfume or lotion that scent might be on sofa and he doesn't like it? Never know....pets miss us when we leave even if it's 10 minutes.

    Hope you are able to figure it out.
    You could put up video camera a couple of days and watch his actions when you leave and this may help you figure out what he is up too.

  • Your dog is bored and is still a puppy. Get a puppy gate and confine him/her to a room where it can do the least amount of damage. I am not a crate fan, but did crate train mine "just in case" they ever had to be at someone else's home where they were not allowed to sleep on furniture. And that their crate was a safe place. Your dog also needs training and not the crummy training that most local pet stores provide. Spend the money it will save you a lot of grief in the long run. Puppies chew, it is their job but you can also train them not to chew too. Again training is the key.

  • Brenda Brenda on Jun 20, 2017
    I adopted 2 dogs-One is med. sized, the other is large-the large one is part choc. lab. She is over a year old, and still chews anything she can get her mouth on-we have a large fenced yard, a doggie door that they can go in and out of any time-and plenty of toys. My other dog doesn`t bother anything he shouldn`t-but the lab? huh! I`m at my wits end with her. Oh-and they`re both spayed/neutered. Forgot to mention, I`m retired and home all the time unless I have to go shopping.