If you do not want your small dog on the carpet at all, you will need to teach him boundary training for each particular room or area where you have carpet. Some owners don't want their dogs in those carpeted areas rooms so they can keep the carpet beautiful and clean while other owners try to keep their small dogs away from carpeted areas in order to keep track of their little guys. Small dogs are easy to lose, even inside your home. And much like a toddler, if your little guy is not seen or heard, it could mean trouble. Either way, imagine your dog in various places within your house that are not carpeted. This boundary training for carpet will work for your little guy on area rugs as well as entire rooms that have carpet.
Training your dog to stay off of the carpet will become a matter of boundary training for your little guy. You will need to be prepared to train your little dog to recognize a texture or an area he is not allowed to go on. Doing this will require lots of repetition and alternatives for your dog. You’ll need to decide if your small dog is banned from all carpet or just some of the carpeted areas in your home. If you have popular areas such as your family room or bedrooms that are carpeted, you may need to find ways to allow him in those rooms on a runner and bed. You can train a dog at any age to stay off of the carpet. Just remember if you have an older small dog it might take him a little more time to adjust to changes if he is used to being on the carpet. You could also teach your little guy to follow an area rug to his bed and only stay on those if your entire house is carpeted.
When you begin to train your small dog to stay off of your carpet, be prepared with lots of tasty treats and the time to train. If you are training your small dog to stay out of entire rooms that are carpeted, you will need to challenge him and reward him for passing his challenges. Have some patience and be prepared to spend some time with your small dog training him places he can go instead of focusing on what he cannot do.