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digging up carpet
  • starrystarry
    Posts: 187
    I have a dilemma,
    toki (8 month old neutered with his own room) likes to dig up the carpet. I take him out walking 40 mins-2hours, 4-5 times a week, and let him run around the house and yard for 2 sessions of 2 hours on the days I can't take him walking. But still he will occasionally dig up the carpet, probably 1-2 times a week. And I NEVER catch him in the act, it is only in his room when he is alone that he does it. He has tons of soft toys, hard toys, balls, kongs, rawhides, and the busy cube (not all out at once, they get rotated) and an egg chair with a blanket and pillow

    I was letting him have free run of his room because it is completely dog safe. However, now i'm thinking I should crate him during the time I am home/on errands and not able to hang out with him. But my work keeps me away for 12 hours, so i guess I'll just let him loose in the room during that time...this at least decreases the chances of him getting into trouble, he is housebroken and was crate trained for a few months while I wasn't working

    Now, check me, does my plan make sense or do you think crating him will just make him more likely to tear up his carpet when he is loose in his room while I'm at work?
    The way I saw it was that instead of a wire cage being his crate I gave him a small room as his crate and it would "ideally" work the same, a place of his own....so I guess him tearing up the carpet is like a pup tearing up his bed while in the crate...but near carpet is harder to come by then new beds, although may add up to the same price

    Is this just a teenager high energy phase and he'll stop tearing at the carpet eventually? when is eventually? I can't wait
  • JessicaRabbitJessicaRabbit
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    First thing I would suggest is DOUBLE that exercise schedule. When Moto was 8 months he went on 3 three mile walks A DAY. Your little guys needs WAY more exercise.
  • starrystarry
    Posts: 187
    I was thinking that, but once or twice a week we go on a 2 hour walk which is way more than 3 miles and he would come home and dig up the carpet.
    He gets at least 2 miles in a day, except those days he just runs around the house, then he probably gets more, we like laser tag and frisbee
    plus i heard you aren't suppose to overdo the activity, someone told me its the dog's age x 5 min, not like I listen to that
    maybe its just one of those phases, like his chewing the wall phase, he got over that by the way, it just took a week and some bitter lime. i wish i could figure out a way to teach him to stop, he probably just doesn't realize its bad.
  • CaliaCalia
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    Personally, when it comes to giving a room for a dog, I would line the floor with carpet. I know it looks nice and can be comfortable to lay on; but any messes permanently remain in the carpet fibers (no matter how hard you try to clean it) and any fibers ingested by your pups can be hazardous for his health.

    Once we get situated in a house, we too will dedicate a room just for the dogs (if not for them, than to at least keep most of their stuff in one place). We will reline the floor with a sheet of linoleum flooring, or something else non-absorbent, won't look too pretty but it's easy to clean and you can see everything they did on it.

    How long, do you think, it takes him to start ripping up the carpet? Sometimes boredom can cause them to be destructive. Even after a long walk, playing at the dog park, and a game of 'catch and tug'; Tikaani will still get bored of being in the crate within an hour, making anything in his reach fair game to becoming confetti.
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  • starrystarry
    Posts: 187
    sometimes it only takes him a couple hours, i think he is bored/lonely, it is only me and him here
    the house came with carpet and luckily there hasn't been any messes but I really wanted some sort of linoleum or wood cause it is easy to clean and the dog hair doesn't get suck everywhere.
    But I don't know the first step in putting in linoleum and I don't really want to hire someone...do you happen to know how to do it or a quick fix without pulling up the carpet, not like that's hard since toki did most the work for me
  • lindsaytlindsayt
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    Let's see a picture of his home remodeling, maybe all you need to do is finish ripping the carpet up.
    "Common sense isn't so common"
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  • starrystarry
    Posts: 187
    well he pulls the entire carpet up off the floor so you see the padding and wood underneath, but does little damage to the actual carpet. does lots of damage to that soft padding.
    I just put the carpet back down and nail it down each time...i just bought bigger nails
    it doesn't happen that often once or twice a week, its tolerable
    he is doing well with crating though, better than i thought, just a naughty pup
    i'm trying to find a dog to petsit off of craigslist for a bit and see if he is more happy having a friend
  • tjbart17tjbart17
    Posts: 437
    I would section off a part of the room with an x pen and put linoleum underneath it. You can buy extra sheets from your local floor person. My house is all carpet and hardwood floors. Koda will be in the dining room and put in an x pen (who needs a table when you have a puppy lol). I purchased a 10X15 sheet of linoleum from a local store that was scrap for practically nothing. It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but it will keep him from ruining the floors. The ends will be weighed down outside of the pen.

    I would watch out for larger nails. You would be surprised what dogs can dig out. I would just make sure he is 100% safe. Even the carpet tack board nails can hurt.
  • starrystarry
    Posts: 187
    hey great idea, if they cut it to size i could probably do the whole room and tuck it under the molding right ontop the carpet. : )
    i wish I could borrow someone's dog for a week and see if he is happier, it always makes me sad when I see him chasing his tail makes me think he wants another furry friend
  • lindsaytlindsayt
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    How about doggy daycare for a day or 2 a week? He can make some furry friends that way without the added stress of another dog at home and burn off some of his extra energy. Just a thought.
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  • In my experience, under-exercising a dog is a cumulative effect. It's like sleep deprivation. If you sleep 12 hours one day, it doesn't make it any easier to only sleep 4 hours per night the next two nights. If you exercise him for 1 hour daily, you will see a better effect on his boredom than if you exercise him for 2 hours every other day.

    That being said, I think you can attack the issue from multiple fronts. Daycare as Lindsay suggested is a great idea. Aside from draining his energy, it will provide him mental stimulation that he doesn't normally get. Also, the linoleum idea is a great one. Romi posted instructions on how she made a playpen here.
  • starrystarry
    Posts: 187
    that makes sense, cumulative effect.
    I work at night, so daycare is out
    but because I work at night I can walk him everyday...I just need to motivate myself to not go to sleep when I come home after being awake and on my feet all through the night
    i'll keep you posted on how things go
    thanks for all the good ideas
  • lindsaytlindsayt
    Posts: 4785
    One of the good things I found with day care when working nights, was that it allowed me to sleep during the day while my pup was having a good time. I didn't make it an everyday routine, and I had to do drop offs and pick ups by certain hours, so I definately lost sleep, but it was a god send those 1 or 2 days a week. Not an option for everybody, though, given times and erratic schedules. Sounds like you're working on it, keep us updated.
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  • jennajenna
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    I echo the "more exercise" sentiment. When Snickers was young we spent well over an hour outside EVERY morning before I went to work plus two shorter (30 minutes or so) walks each evening. He also went to doggy daycare - at first 3 times a week and then twice a week and then when he was older I transitioned to using a dog walker twice a week instead and reserve doggy daycare for special occasions.

    I am a firm believe in Better Behavior Through Exhaustion. :)jenna -> founder of nyc shiba rescue, inc.
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  • KariVelaKariVela
    Posts: 9
    I know this an old thread but it's the best that fits my issue. My 10 week Ashi is starting to dig at all the corners of our apartment (we are home). She's digging the whole corners away to the floor underneath & then will move to another corner . Is there any tips to get her to stop? Besides trying to find something to cover all the corners? We're moving at the end of the month so it's getting emptier and emptier in here.
  • BootzBootz
    Posts: 3494
    @karivela

    Did you read through and try the tips mentioned?

    10 weeks is still young. You need to exercise and tire out your pup or crate your puppy with a tasty treat/toy
  • LilikoiLilikoi
    Posts: 1129
    Ozzy used to go for the corners of our carpet at our apartment as a puppy haha. We mostly covered them with furniture / rugs and just made sure to watch him. We anticipated when he was going for the corner (looking at it, approaching it) and intervened before he got to it. We kept "pocket toys" in our pockets at all times haha. So when we saw him preparing to do something he shouldn't, we were able to redirect him and set him up to win. Now it's very natural for him to just automatically redirect to a toy. Sometimes you really gotta make it exciting, gotta make you and playing with you more interesting than the carpet competition. :D

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