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The Unexpected Reasons Your Dog Destroys Their Toys

The Unexpected Reasons Your Dog Destroys Their Toys

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Is your dog a reckless little toy destroyer? Have you found that your pups shred their toys all the time without warning? You might be thinking, “Well I guess my dog is a rotten no-good troublemakin’ son of a gun.”

Guess again, Cowboy! As it turns out, it’s less about your dog being a Naughty Nancy. The reasons might be nicer than you expect…

— They straight-up love it!
Tearing up a toy reduces stress, ends boredom, and gives your dog a sense of accomplishment. Even if that accomplishment can be summed up as “left shreds of tiger-patterned fabric all over the living room.”

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— They’re smart as heck.
Sometimes an extra-smart, extra-energetic dog needs an extra something from their playtime. If your dog needs more exercise or more stimulation, they might start solving an equation: “TOY – FLUFF = AWESOME”

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— They love a chewing challenge.
Size isn’t everything! A Chihuahua can be just as tough a chewer as a big ol’ Bulldog. Sometimes toys get destroyed just because you’ve got your dog playing Easy Mode, and they’re ready to Level Up.

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— They’re hungry like the wolf.
Q) How is your dog’s destruction like a red wine stain?
A) It stays in the genes for thousands of years (Har, har.) Think of a nature show where a wolf is chowing down on their helpless prey… now think of the squeakiest, fluffiest, sweetest version of that. That’s your dog!

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Can humans destroy too??

Since dogs destroy their toys for fun, and to work out their extra mental and physical energy, I figured I’d give it a try too. I’m a pretty energetic dude! And if little Andi can rip up a toy…

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Then I’m pretty sure I can too! How hard can it be?

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To be honest, this took a lot longer than I hoped it would. But the results speak for themselves!

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Whoa, I think I have a future in the destruction biz! Watch out, folks! Don’t invite me into your home!

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