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Aw, but he was so cute when you first brought little Brutus home. Now, he has developed a new habit, one that involves your carpets and his teeth. If you don't put an end to this nasty habit in a hurry, your local carpet store is going to be your new best friend.
Puppies typically begin chewing as their baby teeth come in. It is a perfectly normal behavior, one that would be alleviated in the wild by chewing on hides, bones, and sticks. Brutus is simply chewing on your carpets as a way to get relief from the pain of teething. But, at the same time, it is possible that your pup is chewing because he is bored. In the end, it is up to you to determine why he is chewing and then use one of the following training methods to stop this behavior.
The idea is to teach Brutus that he is not allowed to chew on the carpets. While chewing is a natural behavior in most breeds, the idea here is not so much to put an end to the behavior as it is to redirect it. One of the most common methods of getting your dog to stop chewing on the carpet is to make sure he has an ample supply of chew toys and bones so he can safely satisfy his desire to chew. If this doesn't stop the habit, then you can use training methods to teach him to stop chewing on your carpets.
The sooner you start training Brutus not to chew on the carpets, the better. Most training methods involve some form of redirection, while others simply work to curb the behavior. Beyond a few basic supplies listed below, you will need plenty of patience and the time to spend on training with your pup every day.
- Chew toys
- Chew bones
- Deterrent spray
The Chew This Not That Method
Head to your favorite pet shop and pick up a few chew toys and bones that are the right size for Brutus.
Catch him in the act
Keep a close eye on Brutus. This way you have the best chance of catching him in action.
Oh no you don't
The moment he starts to chew, say "NO!" in a no-nonsense voice.
When he stops to look at you
This should stop Brutus in his tracks and when he does, redirect his attention from the carpet to the toy or bone you have in your hand.
However many times it takes
Keep working with Brutus, redirecting his attention each time you catch him chewing on the carpet. Each time he takes the toy or bone out of your hand and starts chewing on it, be sure to praise him. Try rotating between several toys and bones to keep him from getting bored. Over time, Brutus will convert over to the toys and bones, finally setting on his favorite things to chew on.
The Tastes Gross Method
It's time to head out to your local pet supply store to pick up a bottle of deterrent spray. Typically, these sprays are made with sour apple or a similar flavor. The idea is that not only do they taste nasty to Brutus, but they smell bad too.
Introduce Brutus to the smell
Spray a small amount of the deterrent on a rag and give Brutus the chance to have a good sniff. It should send him running as the smell invades his nostrils.
A close eye on your pup
The key to success with this training method is to watch your pup. Most pups have one or two places on the carpet that they like to chew on. Once you know where these are, apply a light coating of the deterrent spray.
Let the "fun" begin. Watch your pup and see how he reacts to the spray. If he simply finds another spot to chew, you can spray that area as well.
Since you can't spray every inch of carpet, be ready to redirect Brutus' need to chew onto a toy or bone. The idea here is to get him to realize that he gets a nasty smell or taste when he chews on the carpet, yet he gets something far more enjoyable when he doesn't. You can use treats to reward him for making the right choice.
The Water Bottle Method
Fill a spray bottle
Fill a spray bottle with ice cold water.
Keep an eye on Brutus
When you catch Brutus in the act of chewing, tell him "No" in a firm voice.
Pick Brutus up and move him elsewhere, giving him a chew toy to replace the carpet.
When he runs right back
If Brutus runs right back to the spot on the carpet where he was chewing, go ahead and hit him with a stream shot from the spray bottle and say "No!" again. This should get his attention.
Do it again
Repeat this as needed, working with your pup until he finally understands exactly what you want from him. Be sure you have plenty of toys for him to chew on and after a few weeks of training, you should have no more problems with Brutus chewing on the carpets.
By PB Getz
Published: 04/12/2018, edited: 01/08/2021