Why do Pups destroy their toys?Jul 05, 2023
Contrary to the belief they’re trying to empty our bank balances, puppies will destroy their toys for a number of reasons:
Puppies go through a teething phase in the same way a human baby does where their baby teeth are replaced by adult teeth. This process can be uncomfortable and itchy for them so chewing on their toys can give them some relief which often results in ripped up toys.
Curious and Playful
Anyone who's had a pup can see they are naturally curious and playful using their mouths to explore the world around them, including objects such as toys. Chewing and ripping apart toys can be a form of entertainment and mental stimulation for them.
Puppies have a lot of energy, and they need an outlet to release it. Chewing and tearing apart toys can be a way for them to burn off some of that excess energy and stay occupied. Better that than your soft skin!
It's believed that Dogs and Wolves have a shared ancestor and some of their behaviours are rooted in their natural instincts. Wolves in the wild tear apart prey to access food and resources. While domesticated dogs don't rely on hunting for survival, the instinct to chew and tear things apart can still be present.
If a puppy hasn't been properly trained or provided with appropriate toys for their age and breed, they may resort to destroying whatever objects are available to them (like table legs, couches, slippers, etc).
It's essential to teach them what is acceptable to chew on and provide them with suitable toys that are durable and safe.
When you can, try to supervise their playtime and redirect their chewing behaviour if they start gnawing on inappropriate objects.
If you give them plenty of physical exercise (dependent again on age and breed) and mental stimulation this can also help channel their energy in a desirable way.