Greyhound owners love being greeted at the door by their four legged companions — but coming home to see the sofa in chunks on the floor amid the smiling jowls of our Greyhounds isn’t the welcome we hope for.

“We all love spending time with our hounds, but we need to leave them at home alone sometimes,” says certified dog trainer, Laura Roach. “Nobody wants to come home to chewed-up shoes or ripped furniture. A tired dog is a good dog, so it’s important to give them exercise and socialization.

“Ensuring your pooch is well-behaved while you’re gone is an important piece of dog training, but that doesn’t mean they should remain cooped up all day. Dogs need exercise, and if they’re holed up indoors for too long, they can develop behavioral or health issues or leave a messy accident behind for you to clean up.

As Roach noted, an over abundance of both energy and boredom usually explains why some dogs go nuts when left alone. See what professional dog trainers recommend to curb chewing antics.

  1. Drop your Greyhound off at doggy day care on days you will be gone longer than usual. Services like those pretty much anywhere provide a place where your grey can play and socialize all day while you are away.
  2. Hire a pet sitter to take your beloved family member for a 30-minute walk at least twice a week. There are many online resources to assist you in finding a trustworthy dog walker.
  3. Purchase some interactive dog toys to keep your pet busy while you’re gone. Interactive toys are puzzles that challenge your dog’s mind and make them more likely to rest when they are done playing.
  4. Keep your Greyhound stimulated. When dogs are mentally exhausted, they don’t have time to think about getting into trouble. In addition to buying toys that are designed to be challenging, Greyhound owners can take obedience or agility classes.

Comment below with your tips on how you wear your Greyhound out mentally and ensure your home is “dog proof”.