Why Do Dogs Rip Up Tissues, Toilet Paper, Etc

Dogs shred paper out of boredom and to occupy themselves when alone. Ensure they get enough physical+mental stimulation.  


Stress and separation anxiety can also cause dogs to rip up paper items. Help them feel secure and relaxed.


Puppies explore objects like paper with their mouth. Redirect with appropriate chew toys.  


Paper soaks up human scents that interest dogs. Clean up any paper items when leaving dogs unsupervised. 


Some dogs learn that shredding paper gets reaction from owners. Ignore bad behavior, praise good.


In rare cases, psych issues or neurological conditions may cause paper shredding. Vet check needed.  

Medical Issue

Prevent access, crate train, exercise, obedience train, leave approved toys. Find healthier outlets.


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