Most Frenchies are pretty clingy (and let’s face it, big fat sooks), and because of this, they don’t really like being left alone.
But if you’re a normal human with a job and life, at some point, they need to be. And it’s nice to be able to feel comfortable leaving them at home WITHOUT worrying about what they will destroy.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to curb any destructive behaviour of your bored little Frenchie.
Here are three things you can try…
- Take your pup for a long walk and have a big play BEFORE you leave the house — A tired pup is going to be calm and content and is less likely to want to go on a rampage. Exercise is the #1 thing to do if you have a high-energy Frenchie. The more they get, the longer they’ll spend sleeping (and not destroying your couch).
- Give them a “job-to-do” when you leave — Hiding treats in a toy or around their play area can entertain them while you step out. Doing this also relieves any stress or anxiety they feel from being a part form you (which can also lead to bad behaviour). They won’t be searching for you if they’re distracted by something else.
- Confine them to a smaller space — The less room they have for destruction, the better. ESPECIALLY if you still have a pup whose under 1-year-old. We don’t suggest crating them while you’re out, but using a sturdy playpen (or even a bathroom made cosy) gives them enough room for fun and won’t leave your home destroyed. Here are a few you can check out.
It’s important to remember that it’s the nature of dogs to “dissect” things.
They see it as a “job to do”. And if they aren’t tired, occupied with something else, or confined to a small space, then they will most likely find something you love (and would like to remain in one piece) and tear it up.
To them, it’s normal. To us, it’s painful.
Try what we’ve mentioned above, and let us know how it goes.