My ten month old pup is suddenly chewing my carpet. I just went on vacation for 10 days and my mom stayed with the kids. My pup missed me and when they would leave during the day Lacie my schnauzer chewed my carpet by the door. She is allowed in the house when we are gone and she has a doggie door and she is so good but does anyone have any ideas on how to get her to stop. I should clarify that the dog stayed with my mom here in my home. I noticed now when I leave she does the same thing. We covered it with a throw rug but she pulls that up too.
***Edited By: Carla on 1/15/2005 9:58:27 PM*** Reason: I needed to add more to it
I would confine her to one room where the isn't anything she could chew up or crate her when you are gone. I wouldn't want my puppy to go in and out of free will while I was gone. I would be afraid someone would take her or she could escape from the fenced in yard. The only other thing would be to spay bitter apple or a vinegar solution on the carpet where she is chewing.
Does she have plenty of toys to chew on? My dog has two rubber aliens and a few stuffed animals to keep her busy, and she's never chewed any part of the house. I used to give her raw hides but she eats them too fast and gets gas.
When I first got my Shih-tzu, she would chew on the throw rugs when I was at work, never while I was home with her. She is crate trained, but if I wouldn't put her into her crate when I left, she'd chew the edges of the throw carpets.
I'm not sure if she was lonely, bored or could it be she was paying me back for leaving her alone?
I did talk to the former owner who told me that Daisy also would eat kleenex, actually completely consume the kleenex.
Well, I finally pulled up the throw rugs that had fringes on the ends, as this seems to be the only type that she eats. In the first few weeks that I had her, I didn't realize what was happening and she completely chewed off about 6 inches of the short fringe along the throw rugs edge.
Since they are removed, I haven't had any problem with her chewing on the room size carpets nor rugs.
Now, kleenex and toilet paper are another matter. If a roll of toilet paper is within reach, she will chew that up like a beaver.
She has lots of chew bones, toys, daily treats, food and water. She was on the really expensive dog food when I got her and I gradually weaned her off that to Purina. She didn't seem to like the other dog food, but really enjoys the Purina.
I don't know the real cause of her chewing the carpets, nor the kleenex. But since I took away the source of her carpet eating fetish and keep the kleenex out of her reach, I haven't noticed any other strange habits. Maybe the change in diet helped her too, not sure.
Since it sounds like your dog is chewing the actual carpet that is glued down to the floor, removing it from her reach is not an option. I'd have to say crate her while you are gone, since when you're home, you can watch her closely. Also try that spray that is designed to help housebreak dogs. It's a spray that you apply to a carpet where you want to keep the dog from urinating. Different brands have different names, but maybe if you sprayed the carpet with this scent, she'd be less likely to want to chew it. The scent seems to repel them.