How can I stop my dog from tearing up his bed?
Dogs are always going to chew, but you can make sure they gnaw on the right things, says ASPCA animal behaviorist Kristen Collins. If your pet is chewing on its bed, redirect it to a bone or toy, and provide positive reinforcement to help it learn what’s permitted and what’s off-limits. Offer several toys and teats, and rotate them to keep your dog interested. Spray taste deterrents, available at pet stores, on the fabric to teach your pet that its bed isn’t to be chewed. Also, make sure your dog is getting enough exercise, so it’s too tuckered out to chew when it goes to bed. -Alexandra Horowitz, New York City
Always ask your pet sitter to continue to re-enforce these good habits when you are not around and the pet sitter is with them. Positive re-enforcement works so well and your pet sitter should know how to interact with your pet. Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers should be a great place for knowledge, so go ahead give us a call. We would love to share our knowledge with you. Thank you, Joni