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From:Stafford, VA
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 01-21-2004 07:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oomah     Edit/Delete Message
My 7yr old Chow/Keeshound mix has had bouts of eating carpet over the past two years. Usually only a little bit, but tonight he ate a whole section. He actually pics at it, chews, and swallows, followed by throwing the whole mess up within an hour. Someone please offer me some assistance as to why this would happen. Nothing tramatic happened to him. We had just fed them and left for less than an hour. HELP

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posted 01-21-2004 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maisey     Edit/Delete Message
I couldn't venture a guess as to why he is doing this...but I would suggest crating him when you are gone,this will keep him and your carpet safe.

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posted 01-21-2004 07:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tgiles91     Edit/Delete Message
Take him/her to the vet. Okay Take dishoap and put it in a bowel. Mix every kind of pepper there is make sure you put alot of black pepper in it. When you see him chewing take the "goop"( keep it under the sink or something) and while he still chews it stick some goop under his nose and in his mouth. It does not stain the carpet either.

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From:Nellis AFB, Nevada
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posted 01-21-2004 09:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Karriesue     Edit/Delete Message
There are many reasons he could be chewing the carpet: boredom probably being a good one, another might be that he is using it as a "comfort" chew (maybe something upset him or he didn't like an experience that happened earlier in the day, etc.) Either way, don't let him around the carpet unsupervised and if you catch him, tell "No!" in a stern voice and replace it with something acceptable like a chew bone or a favorite toy. I compare this to training a puppy. Getting him to quit will take some time and you have to be consistant but it can be done. Good luck!

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posted 01-22-2004 03:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rosie's Mom     Edit/Delete Message
One year I went on vacation and a friend of mine took the dog while I was away. Upon my arrival home, I was horrified to learn that one day while she was at work, he picked at the corner of the linoleum floor and proceeded to peel back the top layer in huge sheets. Until he passed he never did anything like that again. I chalked it up to seperation anxiety. My friend was just happy cus she hated the floor and got new lino for free. hehehe

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posted 01-22-2004 04:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jamiya     Edit/Delete Message
I would go with "boredom" and "because it is there". Nala loves to eat carpet. She can't even have beds made with carept-like material or a carpet swatch in her crate, because she will eat it. We actually had to put a board down in the family room to cover a carpet seam, and one of those plastic office chair mats to cover the edges of the carpet around the tile by the back door. I don't know if she would leave it alone if we removed them at this point, but I am not taking the chance.

Make sure your dog has plenty of appropriate chew toys and redirect him to one if you find him chewing on the carpet. Don't leave him unattended in a carpeted area.


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