We've tried ...
- Covering the existing carpet with a cheap throw-rug. (He chews on that, too.)
- Spraying his favorite areas with bitter apple or apple cider vinegar.
- Catching him in the act and saying no.
- Offering him an acceptable chew toy instead.
In general, Alistaire likes to chew on wildly inappropriate things -- chair rungs, banisters, newspapers, etc. -- but the carpet is the worst. Just 5 minutes ago, I must have corrected him 6 or 7 times by handing him a bone, and EVERY time he went back to the same spot of carpet! We've actually rearranged the furniture to cover up the spots he's destroyed!
Any advice, guys?
|I would suggest putting a piece of furniture in that spot or rolling it up all together until he gets out of the chewing phase. I know a person who's OES died recently from eating a carpet. It is very serious and the string can bind up their intestine.
|Yup. Treat him like a baby, and have anything that he should not have access to either put away or baricaded. He is enjoying tearing it up and will continue to do it when you are not around, if he is able to get to it now and learn how fun it is.|
...Offering him an acceptable chew toy instead..
I think they sometimes get confused when offered a chew toy. Its as if we're sending the message, "No, don't chew that, chew this." But, they sometimes see it as, "Oh ok, if I chew this, she'll give me that." OR "Well, I know how to get them to pay attention to me!"
Takes longer for some to recieve the right message, but I agreee that you sometimes have to remove the source of the problem if its unsafe, and then introduce it again. Just like we do with kids.
|You'd better stop your dog from eating carpet. Today I learned that my dog died. He had been in the hospital for intestinal problems and they found a large amount of carpet fibers in his intestine that wouldn't digest and it killed him.|
|Oh that is so terrible I am soooo sorry for your loss.|
|eiwitt, That's terrible, I'm so sorry for your loss. Our lab of 13 yrs passed 18 mos ago, he destroyed an area of our family room carpet just after we bought the house. We replaced it, he dug through in the same spot. This was the most well behaved dog I've ever met ( never chewed or destroyed anything else ). We covered it with furniture which worked.
After Jake passed, but prior to Chauncey ( not the most well behaved, but equally loved ) we had rearranged things, within weeks, Chaunce had started to dig the same area...but new carpet.
We wonder what might have been on the hardwood floors before?
|Such sad experiences show potential disaster lurking ahead for Alistaire.
I would keep him on a leash so that he is never off on his own chewing up stuff. I am a huge fan of the inside leash.
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