Coming Home To Destruction – Afraid To Leave Your Dog Alone At Home?

Often times you hear of stories about dog owners coming home only toComing Home To Destruction Afraid To Leave Your Dog Alone At Home find complete destruction. Holes dug in the garden or on your best couch, tables are chewed including your beautiful rugs, mess, and destruction everywhere. The scary part is that you get a notice from your neighbors complaining that your dog is destroying the yard and barking consistently for the last few days and if you do not fix the problem you will be faced with a fine of $300.

But the strange thing is when you step back into your home your dog stops trashing the place and there is never any barking.

You could only assume that you have a completely different dog in the house when you are gone. You’d be surprised how many people are unaware that their own dogs are barking all the time when they are not there.

The good news is that none of these problems are complicated to fix. It is one of the most common behavior problems that dog owners face.

I will tell you why it happens and direct you to a website where you canThe Online Dog Trainer Website easily learn how to gently and quickly stop it. If you are desperate and want to learn right away, go to The Online Dog Trainer. You can take advantage of the $1 trial of the site for 3 days, look over the site and you can decide if it is right for you.

So why does my dog bark and is so destructive when I leave?

Let me illustrate this with an analogy.

Imagine yourself as a parent with a two-year-old child. Your job is to look after and protect that child, care for the child’s needs.

Now imagine the child is outside the house and you are locked up inside and you are not able to get out. What would you do?

Sit down to read the newspaper with a cup of tea?

No…in fact you would become emotionally stressed because the infant is removed from your protection and in your eyes is in grave danger.

Your dog is no different.

Here’s the thing…in your dog’s mind they simply think that they are the pack leaders in the home and they think their job is to keep you safe and protect you.

Your dog becomes stressed when you leave them because they are stuck inside. They become unhappy, worried and restless because they cannot protect you.

Some dogs will bark continuously, some will become hyperactive by chewing and destroying things. Chewing actually releases endorphins that can physically help calm your dog down, very similar behavior in humans who chew gum compulsively when they are feeling stressed. Basically, your dog is stressed and restless while you are gone, therefore they occupy themselves by doing activities you don’t want because they simply cannot settle down.

Your dog is not bored. It is not due to primary lack of exercise and they do not need more toys or meaty bones! (In fact, this can make the problem even worse!)

The real solution to your problem is so simple

The real solution to your problem is actually so simple, it is logical,The Pack Leader straight forward and not expensive…YOU become the pack leader. Your dog will rest happily and not stress out everytime you leave home.

The best place to understand how to achieve this is Doggy Dan’s video website The Online Dog Trainer where you can follow over 250 HD videos of how to be the pack leader in the eyes of your dog. His method uses 5 very powerful principles that he calls the 5 Golden Rules to be sure that your dog understands that you are the pack leader and you can come and go as you please. His methods are very kind and gentle because he understands dogs nature and works well along side them.

So if you desperately need help, this is the perfect resource for you. You just need a little understanding of what is going on in your dog’s mind. So look no further than The Online Dog Trainer for the best solution and to achieve the results you desire for you and your dog.

I hope you have enjoyed this article and if you have any questions or wish to leave any experiences you’ve had, please leave your comment below.



24 thoughts on “Coming Home To Destruction – Afraid To Leave Your Dog Alone At Home?”

  1. I had a dog some years ago, and miss him deeply each day!
    I know this problem, believe that most dog owners do. I think most owners start with leaving him in few minutes and a little more and more. Are you agree with it? One thing too, some lock a door in the flat so he will not be in an area in the flat that you don´t want him to be; are you agree that it´s better that he has just all the place he wants?

    1. Hi JohannHR, 

      If the dog is well trained and sees his human as the pack leader I don’t quite see any need to close him/her in a locked room. Unless the room is large enough for him/her to move around and they are happy there but I still don’t see the need to lock the door. It basically depends on the dog owner as to why they place their dog in a room. But dogs trained and see their owners as the pack leader are calmed and relaxed.

      I hope this helped. I appreciate your comment and thank you for stopping by.

  2. I am an avid dog lover too. I have had many dogs over the course of my life and I remember one story where my great dane and mutt lab mix ran seven miles from home to a Texaco station where they ate up all the hot dogs and blocked the door for the patrons to enter the station. They ran away every day, and that time they ran away 7 miles from home. We tried walking them and taking them places, but that never worked. These dogs wanted to run and hunt! Do you have any advice on how to keep your medium to large size dog from running away all he time?

    1. Hi Brad,

      This is a common problem behavior on some dogs. Even if you have an 8-foot high fence, a dog that is determined will escape and run off. There could be any number of reasons why dogs escape. Some dogs run looking for their owner. If this is the case then your dog is suffering from separation anxiety. Others escape to get away from sheer terror, such as a noisy lawnmower or a screaming child in the house. Then you have dogs that escape because there’s something that they want to do that they like. Maybe play with another dog, it could be bored or he’s just desperate to run.

      Walking them or any form of exercise will not work. In a nutshell, your dog needs to see you as the pack leader. You will be able to eliminate your dog’s behavior problem including separation anxiety.

      I hope hope I have answered your question. Thank you for your comment.

  3. Hi,

    Great Info! Never know dog barking is due to this reasons. I am having a Belgium Malinios. He is very cute and smart. But like you said, he likes to tear apart our shoes and sometime dig a hole in my garden.

    I am curious that how are we supposed to be the pack leader?

    1. Hi Chuck, 

      To learn to become the pack leader and be able to achieve this you would have to learn the 5 Golden Rules in The Online Dog Trainer website . Principles are taught here in controlling dog behavior. However, if you do not want to subscribe, there are some tips on pages of this website you can use depending on the issue you may be having with your dog. 

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you have found tips that helped you. Thank you for your comment and for stopping by.

  4. I like the way you have placed us in the mind of the dog that’s been left behind at home. we were very lucky with our German Shepherd, as he didn’t destroy that much around the house! I hadn’t thought about the role of the pack leader in this situation, and I always thought dogs were destructive because they were just plain bored. However, you have given different meaning to the problem, so thank you for your insights.

    1. Hi Mara, 

      Many people think the reason for dogs destructive behavior in the home is because they are bored. More than likely dogs may be unhappy or stressful because left alone or behind at home alone while you are out they become stressful or restless. They see themselves as the pack leader therefore as your protector and because of your absence they go crazy and do their thing.

      Doggy Dan’s video website helps dog owners learn and understand how they can achieve to become the pack leader…then dogs will become calm and happy even in your absence.

      You are a few of the fortunate ones who seemed not to have much destroyed in your home by your German Shepherd. Some dogs are better behaved than others. 

      I’m glad you found this article helpful. Thank you so much for your comment.

  5. Learning to live in a mixed household comprised of humans, canines and an occasional cat or two if we respect the instincts and needs of each species and not think they are ll just different forms of smaller human beings. With a dog it is most important to establish pack dominance while they are still puppies. A number of techniques we have used is making them wait for permission to approach their food, repeated training drills where reward, is giving for good behavior such as heling calmly on a lead. Pain is not involved, mother dogs chastise with a soft nip on the neck, teach your dog early and you will have a great friend foe many years

    1. Hi Robert, 

      You are correct. The best time to teach your dog is while they are still puppies. And be consistent in your training along with using gentle techniques and both you and your dog will have a happy relationship long term.

      Keep up the good work with your pets.

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by and for your comment.

  6. This was a very interesting read! I would have never thought that this behaviour was from them thinking they are the alpha! I just assumed it was due to boredom.
    I have 2 dogs myself and one that is only just over a year old, he will from time to time when left home all day, chew things so this information is all very relevant.

    1. Hi Courtney, 

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by, and I am glad to see that you found this information useful. 

  7. Hi,
    Well, I’m glad I visit your site and read this article about the reasons why a dog can behave like this.
    I never thought dog barking is due to this reasons, I knew dogs think they live in a pack, and we need to be the leader so we are in charge of the pack.
    For the moment I have no dog at home, but I always had, it feels strange to live like this, I’m looking to adopt one small breed dog. Just waiting for the right dog to adopt.
    Thanks for sharing this great article.

    1. Hi Alejandra, 

      I appreciate you stopping by. Most people are not aware the reason their dog’s bark and behave the way they do is because they see themselves as the pack leader. I’m glad you found this information very helpful and hope this will become useful to your when you adopt a new dog.

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by and to comment.

  8. Overall I found your site construct is very nice and the layout very presented.

    I like dog and found this article very useful and informative. Perhaps after reading this, I will definitely give it a shot to the training learn the 5 very powerful principles.

    I will definitely bookmark your site and share to my networks.

    Keep up the good work.

    Thank you

  9. When my husband leaves for work early and I’m still in bed, my dog, who never barks, starts barking like crazy and won’t stop. I assume she also barks when I leave for work in the morning as well. She’s not destructive to our furniture luckily, but I didn’t know this was something you could change. I’ve heard about making your dog think you’re the pack leader to help with you behavior, I didn’t know this could also help their behavior while you’re gone as well.

    1. Hi Kelli, 

      Because dogs are naturally pack leaders they feel responsible for protecting you. They become anxious and stressed because they can’t protect you if you’re gone. By you becoming the pack leader relieves your dog of this responsibility and they become relaxed. So, it’s possible your dog barks when you leave. You’re fortunate he doesn’t destroy your furniture as many people experience. 

      Thank you so much for your comment. You have a great weekend!

  10. I had a doberman pit-bull mix years ago named Bill. I was living in the Florida Keys at the time and he used to love to sit in the screened in patio to watch his favorite iguana. One day, my wife forgot to leave the sliding door open for him and he ate the sides of the wall trying to get out to see his iguana. We had 3 sets of sliding doors he destroyed. After all of that, I just looked at him and laughed. What can you do?


    1. Hi Jack, 

      How funny! My reaction would have been a little different but you got to love your dog.

      Thanks for the comment and for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

  11. This is a very informative site. I currently have a dog she is just a year and we have broken her of destroying the house and barking when we have to leave her at home but she is very stubborn and she doesn’t always come back when we call her do you have any advice for that?

  12. Great article and I can totally relate. I currently have a rather high strung 6 year old Purebred German Shepherd that portrayed everything you had listed in the article. I could understand the destructive behaviour but he would chew his hind legs raw!!! Although not mentioned in the article this is known as separation anxiety. From speaking to a vet they were quick to claim food allergy and wanted to sell me medication and high priced dog food that he really didn’t need. I wish I would have come across this page when I first got my pup.
    Do you think that kennelling a dog with lots of chew toys would aid in the destructive behaviour? And by kennel I mean a large one where they would have room to move around.

    1. Hi Lance,

      I’m sorry to hear your dog chewing on his hind legs. That’s terrible! Separation anxiety could be the result of feeling stressed because of being left at home. So they bark, become destructive, including chew on their own body. Yes, you can try re-directing him to chew toys without putting him in the kennel. Keep doing this because it could take a while before he gets it. If he persists after several tries then it could be medical reasons such as allergies. I hope this helps. I hope your dog gets well from that injury he inflicted on his legs. Let me know how that turned out.

      Thank you for your comment. You have a great weekend!

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