Lola

Our Queensland Heeler has recently (last month or two) started eating the carpet where our tile meets the carpet. I caug


Asked by Lola on Jun 23rd 2013 in Behavior & Training
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Sonny

Your question was cut off…
But I can answer a little…
As with any issue, you can train and train, but first you must manage the problem. Prevent any access to the area unless you are actively supervising her. Make sure she is getting enough exercise and mental activity. Provide her with appropriate chew toys and reward/reinforce the idea that it is good to be chewing them.

Once you prevent her access to the area she was chewing, it becomes up to you if she back-slides.
DO NOT PUNISH OR SCOLD! This sort of behavior is usually anxiety, boredom or attention seeking. She can't help anxiety. Boredom and attention seeking behavior can be dealt with by encouraging/rewarding acceptable behaviors and chew toys,
BUT you must ignore the bad behavior if she does it again. (But she won't cause you will prevent it…)


Sonny answered on 6/23/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


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Dogs love to chew. Puppies generally chew very fiercely, mostly because they’re teething. But, some adult dogs tend to carry over that habit later in life, possibly because they are bored or anxious. Chewing is one way for them to calm down and relax.

Make sure you provide your dog with appropriate chewing toys and I would suggest giving rawhide. Get your dog enough physical and mental activities too. Aside from that, call your dog's attention and say "No!" whenever he starts chewing and replace whatever he chews with what is "okay" to chew or bite.


Member 1166037 answered on 6/27/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer