I have an area rug in my living room that my pup keeps chewing. It's pretty much the only thing left that the dog trys to destroy. I've tried making loud noises (stomping on floor, banging pots and pans, etc) The first time it scares him and runs away, the second (and subsequent )time he just ignores it and keeps on going. I dumped about a half bottle of bitter apple on it and I think he actually likes it because it doesn't even phase him.
I can't really get rid of the rug but the bigger concern is the fibres are long and thick. The vet said that if he swallows it it will block his digestive track. He hasn't eaten any of the fibres, just chews on them.
Put some coins in a pop can and tape the top, try shaking it when he starts chewing. Try the famous squirt bottle or squirt gun, as soon as he starts sniffing around, looking for a place to chew, squirt him and tell him NO.
What does he have that he is allowed to chew on? Have you tried Kongs? They come in all different sizes now, you can fill it with spray cheese, peanut butter, dog food, whatever will keep him interested and chewing on the right thing.
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Mkeef. The important part is the redirection to the appropriate thing. The whole world is chew toy to them. we have to teach them what is and what is not. theres book called culture clash that has a chapter devoted to training program just for this. and the pop can bit. the dog cannot know you threw it, shook it or otherwise knew you had anything to do with it. If they do know you did it. They will learn it's safe to chew when your not present.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
In the first week that I got my dog, He managed to pull and rip the carpet, along with the padding. I realized that he was bored, and at that time I had not yet purchased chew toys. I have since purchased chew toys, but the one he loves is the Busy Buddy Bouncy Bone. He hasn't destroyed anything else; I make sure there are chew toys in every room.
Could you try taping the edges of the rug with some kind of tape ( I want to say duct tape) but I don't want to get yelled at. There must be some kind of tough tape that he could'nt make a dent in. Just my opinion, the only other thing to do is take it right out, which is what I did. Good luck.