Why do dogs destroy their toys?

Apr 01, 2023

Why do dogs destroy their toys?

Does your dog destroy their toys? I know mine do, but why?

There's a number of reasons dogs do this, they have a natural urge to chew, which helps to keep their teeth and jaws strong and healthy. Chewing on their toys provides a satisfying outlet for this behaviour.

They may also do it to alleviate boredom or anxiety. When dogs are left alone for long periods of time, they may become restless and seek out ways to occupy themselves, which may lead to destructive behavior such as chewing on their toys. In some cases this results in the chewing of other items such as your couch, or socks, etc.

They can also enjoy the sensory experience of tearing and shredding objects. Dogs can have a strong prey drive and toys that simulate the experience of hunting and capturing prey can be especially appealing to them.

Or they may simply enjoy the feeling of tearing and destroying objects, as it can be a source of entertainment and stimulation for them.

Be sure to provide your dog with a variety of toys that are safe and appropriate for their size and breed.

It's also important to supervise dogs when they are playing with toys, and to replace toys that have become damaged or worn out to prevent choking hazards, swallowing nasties or other safety concerns.

Calaidh got fed up with this tennis ball and decided it was for the bin, thankfully she's never tried to swallow the debris and as you can see actually spits it out.