Kooikerhondjes have their wonderfully playful side, but sometimes Rover doesn't realize that certain objects in your home are off limits. Keeping your Kooikerhondje busy to avoid destructive behavior may take some creativity but will safeguard your belongings. This can be done by interacting with him when you're there, finding activities and appropriate playthings for him when you're not, and learning to cope with the in-between period when he hasn't quite learned how to behave without you yet. Al these will help you feel the joy of having a dog in your home instead of fearing a bull in a China shop.
Kooikerhondjes thrive on attention. Playing with your dog allows you to make sure he channels his energy in appropriate ways. We all know about the stories of how pets will target your favorite shoes and your bed and whatever else the absolute worst place is for a little steaming present to be waiting for you when you come home. Just spending time with your Kooikerhondje can cut down on these annoyances that you'll laugh about someday but are downright maddening today. This, however, is only the start of it.
You can't spend every moment of your life playing with your dog so you need alternative ways of redirecting your pooch from destructive behavior. Toys are an excellent diversion, provided he can tell the difference between acceptable play things and your favorite shoes. One way is to give him toys to play with that he only gets when you go out. You can combine these with edible treats initially to create a positive association. This can give you both a little more peace of mind. This can take time for him to learn so you may need to take extra steps to protect your home while he's learning.
While he's still adjusting, section off a part of your house where he can romp around safely without arousing your anger by causing damage or making a mess. This should be used in conjunction with the other techniques but can be the best way to start off and can be discontinued as you both get more comfortable. This way you can both be happy with your environment when you're together and when you're not.
Protecting your home is important with a new Kooikerhondje. Luckily, by giving him plenty of attention, a selection of fun toys when you're away, and his own private, secluded room or area during the adjustment phase, you can make the transition easier on the both of you and keep your precious items in one piece. All these techniques help you keep your Kooikerhondje from being destructive, freeing him to just be a loveable, furry friend.