Submit a question to our community and get an answer from real people.
Submit

My boyfriend & I just decided to have his dog live with us. He's fine until we leave and then he rips up the carpet right off. How do I fix?

He's not a puppy. He's about 3.

He's a Mini Australian Shepard/schnauzer mix.

He's a great dog, I just want this to stop :(

Report as

Buy a crate suitable for the dog's size. (The staff at the pet supply store can help you.) Make sure it's comfortable with a soft pad, a water dish, a few chew toys. Dogs absolutely don't view this as imprisonment. My dogs go inside their crates all the time, even when I'm home, just to sleep. It's their space and like a den in the wild. Buying a crate will be much less expensive than replacing the carpeting.

Helpful (2) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (3)
Report as
This is great advice, put your dog in the crate when you leave the house leave a radio on or TV . I always did this for my dog and she loved her crate that was her space she felt safe and warm in it. Good luck
Report as
Yes, I forgot the radio. I leave it on for my pets. Not sure if they care or not, but it makes me feel better about leaving them alone. :-)
Report as
Thank you so much guys! I really appreciate your responses!
I will have to try these things. Hopefully he won't hate it :/
Report as
Add a comment...

lock him in the laundry

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

First, you need to consider the likelihood of separation anxiety if your dog merely rips up the carpet when you're gone. Nicholas Dodman, who is a veterinary behaviorist at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, declares that separation anxiety is a widespread problem, especially if a dog is not trained and also spoiled. Separation anxiety can make a dog become very harsh. Ensure to contact with your veterinarian and a trainer for advice. Find out more details on http://www.ehow.com/how_5850007_stop-dog-ripping-carpet.html.

Helpful (1) Fun (1) Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

I used this and it's going to sound funny but it works... There's this spray stuff that makes your carpet smell bad to the dog... but I can't remember what it's called... I got it at Petco though

Helpful (1) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (3)
Report as
Maybe you mean "Bitter Apple"?
Report as
I think so
Report as
I dunno it's been such a long time since my dog did it
Report as
Add a comment...

The big (and I mean really big) crate idea is ok. But your dog is mainly bored bored bored.
Shepherd/schnauzers breeds need a lot of exercise so before you leave in the AM and as soon as you get home in the PM, take the dog out for a fast walk/run and an extended playtime to burn off some of that energy.
If they are cooped up in a crate too long (even if they love sleeping in it) they can get really frustrated and eventually get nippy/hyper and sometimes even aggressive. Shepherds and schnauzers are working breeds and that mix craves activity by nature, so crating them for too many hours can border on torture.
This breed mix needs LOTS of fun exercise and attention, so that's the first remedy.
Bitter Apple and other natural bitter sprays are good training tools -- but without enough exercise he/she may just chew other stuff for amusement.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...
Do you have an answer?
Answer this question...
Did you mean?
Login or Join the Community to answer