How to Stop a Dog From Ripping the Carpet

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Your formerly good-looking carpet having a rough life? Is Doggie to blame? Dogs of all ages can take a liking to carpeting and concentrate on destroying it. The sooner you detect the behavior and do something to stop it, the better.

Step 1

Locate the spots your doggie is chewing or ripping apart. Is it the edges of the carpet or a certain spot where he's found a loose thread and is now pulling at it like crazy? If it's the edges of the carpet, can you get an installer to fix it? Carpet edges shouldn't be visible, but should be concealed under the baseboard. Loose threads? Cut them or push them through to the other side so Fido can't get to them.


Step 2

Cover the spot with a piece of furniture. Is Doggie only attacking one little corner of the carpet over and over again? Place a small bookcase, chest or ottoman in that area -- anything that doesn't have legs so he can't crawl under it to keep ripping the carpet apart.

Step 3

Spray the areas he's going after with vinegar. As soon as Doggie takes a bite out of the carpet, he'll taste the sourness and take off. If you have very expensive -- or very white -- carpet, you might want to call the manufacturer first to find out if vinegar is safe. You don't want to end up with a huge stain.


Step 4

Direct your puppy's attention somewhere else. Is he ripping up the carpet because he's bored when you're gone? Maybe he's anxious or stressed or simply looking for something to distract him. Go on a shopping spree and get at least a few different interactive toys. Puzzle toys -- where Doggie needs to trigger a mechanism to get to a treat -- are ideal to keep him occupied so he forgets about the carpet.

by Tammy Dray



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About the Author
Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.