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It's hard to describe to non-dog owners the potential of destruction a dog has. One example I always like to show my friends is the Marley & Me movie. People think the dog's shenanigans in that film are an exaggeration for comedic effect. But once you have such a dog yourself, you know it's not fiction. It's reality.

Dogs are going to bark, howl, chew and eat things you didn't know could be eaten. Just look at this collection of pictures we here at Bored Panda have picked out for you. These doggies ripped through paper, furniture, and even walls to get their point across. What was that point? Maybe "I do it 'cause I can"?...

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We Completed A New Puzzle, But Our Puppy Managed To Snag A Piece And Destroy It, So We Had To Improvise

We Completed A New Puzzle, But Our Puppy Managed To Snag A Piece And Destroy It, So We Had To Improvise

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Dog Dragged The Sprinkler Inside

Dog Dragged The Sprinkler Inside

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My Cousin Said Brownie Is A Well-Behaved Dog. I Came Home To This, And I Can't Stop Laughing

My Cousin Said Brownie Is A Well-Behaved Dog. I Came Home To This, And I Can't Stop Laughing

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Destructive behavior in dogs is one of the most common problems for owners. Of course, puppies are the most prone to this because they've had no training yet. Sometimes pups start chewing up the furniture even if they have tons of toys lying around.

So where does this problem come from? The American Kennel Club writes that if the dog can reach a thing, to them that means it's on offer. Especially if that thing has the owner's scent to it. The problem is especially common with puppies because they might be teething. Chewing alleviates the gum pain, but that's what puppy toys are for.

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Tell Me How My Dog Chewed Everything She Could Find In My Room But The Only Thing She Didn't Chew Was Her Obedience School Certificate

Tell Me How My Dog Chewed Everything She Could Find In My Room But The Only Thing She Didn't Chew Was Her Obedience School Certificate

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#5

Well, That Didn't Work

Well, That Didn't Work

I would definitely be asking for a refund on this!

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And They Say Money Can't Buy Happiness. Look At That Smile

And They Say Money Can't Buy Happiness. Look At That Smile

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If your pup is engaging in destructive behavior, it's very important to understand why. Some people think that they might be doing this out of spite or revenge. But dogs don't operate like humans do. The MSPCA (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) writes that this is how dogs relieve anxiety and let out excess energy.

They can also start tearing things apart because of boredom. If an adult dog lacks exercise, mental stimulation or training, they might start chewing everything around them. There's also separation anxiety and fear, for which the underlying reasons can be more complicated – genetics, phobias or traumatic experiences.

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Sorry Class, My Dog Ate Everyone's Homework

Sorry Class, My Dog Ate Everyone's Homework

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Dad, I’m Not Really Sure How To Say This But... I Screwed Up. I’m Sorry

Dad, I’m Not Really Sure How To Say This But... I Screwed Up. I’m Sorry

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Separation anxiety can be very common in dogs obtained from shelters or found on the street. Dogs from shelters can exhibit other signs of separation anxiety. That includes following the owner around, always frantically greeting them and being anxious when the owner prepares to leave the house. 

It's crucial to understand that if these are the causes of your dog's destructive behavior, punishment will not help. It will only have a negative effect.

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When You’re In The Middle Of Your Crime Scene, Pretend You’re A Victim. I Think It’s Hilarious, Although I Wouldn’t Want To Be The One Who Had To Clean It Up

When You’re In The Middle Of Your Crime Scene, Pretend You’re A Victim. I Think It’s Hilarious, Although I Wouldn’t Want To Be The One Who Had To Clean It Up

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I Didn’t Get The Job I Wanted, So My Dog Ate My Rejection Letter

I Didn’t Get The Job I Wanted, So My Dog Ate My Rejection Letter

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The AKC suggests puppy-proofing your room or home to avoid finding your furniture in shambles. Just like we do with toddlers – either a dog crate or a puppy-gated room would work. If you don't have enough space, put valuable things out of reach. 

#13

Roscoe Took Christmas Decoration Duty Into His Own Hands (Paws) Last Night

Roscoe Took Christmas Decoration Duty Into His Own Hands (Paws) Last Night

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I'm At Work Right Now, And I Decided To Check Up On My Puppy On My New Home Security Camera. All I Can Do Is Watch

I'm At Work Right Now, And I Decided To Check Up On My Puppy On My New Home Security Camera. All I Can Do Is Watch

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#15

My Friend's Dog Thought The Foot On My Prosthesis Was A Chew Toy

My Friend's Dog Thought The Foot On My Prosthesis Was A Chew Toy

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I can share a more personal tale here as well. One day after coming home to find my room destroyed – wallpaper ripped from the walls, bed corners chewed up – I decided to dog-proof my room as well. Nothing on the desk, nothing on the windowsills – nothing. And while it made my room quite minimalistic in decor, it actually worked.

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#16

When You Spend The Night At A Friend's House And They Don't Give You A Blanket

When You Spend The Night At A Friend's House And They Don't Give You A Blanket

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#17

Forget The Excuse Of Your Dog Eating Your Homework. My Dog Ate My PhD

Forget The Excuse Of Your Dog Eating Your Homework. My Dog Ate My PhD

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Jessica Scott
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd still display it just like this and get a replacement to put next to it.

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Mother’s Friend Came Home To See Her Dog Had Some Fun With The New Camper

Mother’s Friend Came Home To See Her Dog Had Some Fun With The New Camper

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What else can you do? First, let's address the lack of physical stimulation. Jason Purgason of Highland Canine Training writes that a tired dog is a happy dog. "If a dog is tired, they will have a reduced urge to destroy things and spend their time at home resting and relaxing instead."

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Dog Decided To Bust Through My Bedroom Door Like The Kool-Aid Man While I Was At Work

Dog Decided To Bust Through My Bedroom Door Like The Kool-Aid Man While I Was At Work

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#21

I Left A Platter Of Cookies On The Stove And My Dog Decided If He Couldn't Have The Cookies, No One Could

I Left A Platter Of Cookies On The Stove And My Dog Decided If He Couldn't Have The Cookies, No One Could

He jumped up on the stove trying to get the cookies and ignited 2 of the burners.

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Your dog also requires mental stimulation. The AKC recommends dog puzzles, which you can even make on your own. Training sessions, socialization, interactive toys and even playing also count. 

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Veterinarian Jeannine Berger writes for PetMD: "Ditch the food bowl and offer food only in food-dispensing toys. Use boxes to offer your dog something they can dig into with their teeth and claws and find a treat hidden inside."

#22

A Little Reminder To You All To Be Careful Because Sometimes Couch Cushions Explode Completely On Their Own For No Reason

A Little Reminder To You All To Be Careful Because Sometimes Couch Cushions Explode Completely On Their Own For No Reason

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#23

Alright, Let's Play Another Round Of "Spot The Culprit"

Alright, Let's Play Another Round Of "Spot The Culprit"

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This was already mentioned above, but is a very important thing, so bear with me. No amount of punishment or yelling will make your dog understand that destructive behavior is not okay. Experts agree that punishing a dog for being destructive will only make their behavior worse.

#25

I Was Outside Taking The Trash Out For 3 Minutes Tops. Bard Was Apparently Busy While I Was Out

I Was Outside Taking The Trash Out For 3 Minutes Tops. Bard Was Apparently Busy While I Was Out

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#26

My Dog Ate All Of My Games Yesterday While I Was Gone. Including My Copy Of Doom Signed By The Entire Development Team

My Dog Ate All Of My Games Yesterday While I Was Gone. Including My Copy Of Doom Signed By The Entire Development Team

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#27

Have You Ever Wondered If A Large Plant Pot Can Fit Through A Dog Flap?

Have You Ever Wondered If A Large Plant Pot Can Fit Through A Dog Flap?

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Jeannine Berger writes: "If your dog destroys items because they are anxious, punishment only makes things worse in the long run by setting training back, making your dog’s anxiety and fear worse, and breaking the human-animal bond." If you catch your pup in the act, redirect its attention to a toy or something appropriate.

#28

My Boyfriend Wanted To Take A Picture Of That Glass Of Wine, Then My Dog Showed Up In My Window And Did This

My Boyfriend Wanted To Take A Picture Of That Glass Of Wine, Then My Dog Showed Up In My Window And Did This

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Tabitha
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Doggy is trying to tell you to just drink the damned wine instead of taking a picture of it, FFS!

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#29

My Puppy Ate My Passport

My Puppy Ate My Passport

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#30

My Brother Did Something Very Brave Today And Saved His Hoomans From Exploding Couches

My Brother Did Something Very Brave Today And Saved His Hoomans From Exploding Couches

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Sometimes a dog may need professional help to alleviate their urge to act destructively. If you're not sure about the causes of their behavior, don't hesitate to contact a veterinarian, trainer or behaviorist.

In some cases, even all the above-mentioned strategies might not work and the dog may need help from a professional. They can address the issue with some behavior modification techniques.

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Just Baked This Cake And Ate One Piece, Came Back And The Dog Licked The Icing Off As Far As She Could Reach

Just Baked This Cake And Ate One Piece, Came Back And The Dog Licked The Icing Off As Far As She Could Reach

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#32

Doug's Valentine's Day Gift For My Wife

Doug's Valentine's Day Gift For My Wife

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#33

My Dog Got The Zoomies. He Likes To Run To His Bed And Back. He Went A Little Too Hard This Time. Dog Is Fine, But The Wall Is Not

My Dog Got The Zoomies. He Likes To Run To His Bed And Back. He Went A Little Too Hard This Time. Dog Is Fine, But The Wall Is Not

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We had a dog whose bed was in the same position. Suddenly we smelled burnt hair and she moved to lay on the couch. She put her tail in the light switch.

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My Houseplants Exploded While I Was At Work Today. Dog Says She Didn't See What Happened, But She Put A Blanket On It Just To Be Safe

My Houseplants Exploded While I Was At Work Today. Dog Says She Didn't See What Happened, But She Put A Blanket On It Just To Be Safe

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#35

My Housemate's Dog Got Into My 6-Hour Butter Chicken. No Dinner For Me Tonight

My Housemate's Dog Got Into My 6-Hour Butter Chicken. No Dinner For Me Tonight

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#36

My Dog Broke My Blinds Just So She Can Do This

My Dog Broke My Blinds Just So She Can Do This

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#37

My In-Law’s Dog Got To My Favorite Pair Of Shoes

My In-Law’s Dog Got To My Favorite Pair Of Shoes

Quite a Christmas dinner for the pup! She seems happy with herself for now, and I’m not going to hold it against her.

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Helen Davies
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She created a flip flip summer version... Doc Martin should hire her.

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#38

Heard My Dogs Were Getting Rowdy In The Other Room And Didn’t Think Much Of It. This Was Their Dog Bed

Heard My Dogs Were Getting Rowdy In The Other Room And Didn’t Think Much Of It. This Was Their Dog Bed

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#39

Our 10-Month-Old Puppy Found The Packet Of Toilet Paper On The Table While We Were At The Supermarket

Our 10-Month-Old Puppy Found The Packet Of Toilet Paper On The Table While We Were At The Supermarket

We don't have the courage to fight because it was our fault and also because he's really cute. 

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WhyWouldULookThere
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fyi, don't be mad at dogs at something they did when u where not there, they will be forgotten it by then, and make them scared of u

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#40

Dutchie Opened The Window During A Car Wash

Dutchie Opened The Window During A Car Wash

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#41

My Puppy Chewed Up My Passport Days Before International Travel

My Puppy Chewed Up My Passport Days Before International Travel

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#42

Our Dogs, Who Rarely Misbehave, Decided To Eat $500 Worth Of Books While We Were At Work Today

Our Dogs, Who Rarely Misbehave, Decided To Eat $500 Worth Of Books While We Were At Work Today

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#44

Dog Walked On My Fresh Pour

Dog Walked On My Fresh Pour

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For The Most Part Having A Dog Is Awesome. But Sometimes It's Like Living With A Jerk Who Wrecks All Your Stuff When You're Not Around. Total Wrecked Sunglasses Count: 7

For The Most Part Having A Dog Is Awesome. But Sometimes It's Like Living With A Jerk Who Wrecks All Your Stuff When You're Not Around. Total Wrecked Sunglasses Count: 7

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#46

When You Own An Expensive Car And A Naughty Dog

When You Own An Expensive Car And A Naughty Dog

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My Puppy Chewed Up My $3,800 Hand-Carved Coffee Table Shipped From Japan

My Puppy Chewed Up My $3,800 Hand-Carved Coffee Table Shipped From Japan

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It can be fixed. And something to laugh at down the road. Your dog didn't do it to be malicious. Remember why you live him so.

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#48

Recently, I Tried An Expensive Rental Clothing Subscription. UPS Threw The Package Of Clothes/Bags Into My Backyard, And I Have Two Puppies

Recently, I Tried An Expensive Rental Clothing Subscription. UPS Threw The Package Of Clothes/Bags Into My Backyard, And I Have Two Puppies

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Nice Beast Ludo
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I mean... if you have a Chewy subscription they will think it's for them. Even looks like they brought their other toys over to compare how crappy this box was

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#49

Dogsitting For A Week. They Told Me To Keep The Dogs In The Basement

Dogsitting For A Week. They Told Me To Keep The Dogs In The Basement

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I’ve Been Saving Up For A Switch For A Couple Months Now. I Finally Got It Last Week And Found This In My Dog’s Mouth This Morning

I’ve Been Saving Up For A Switch For A Couple Months Now. I Finally Got It Last Week And Found This In My Dog’s Mouth This Morning

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can get new controllers pretty cheap off Amazon! Hopefully it’s only the controller and not the system!

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