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Chewing stair carpet

Discussion in 'Dog Behaviour and Training' started by lynyona, Apr 28, 2018.

  1. lynyona

    lynyona Member Registered

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    My puppy as just decided she likes to chew the stair carpet just the bottom stair which is the easiest to chew...its going to be replaced anyway but I want to get her out of it before I get a new one put down .She has plenty of chew toys lying around I've looked at some ideas on the internet but wondered if any of you nice doggy owners had any experience of what worked and what didn't from deter spray ,Vicks, white vinegar diluted in spray bottle ,double sided tape even tin foil one person suggested getting samples of carpet but as others pointed out that's only telling the puppy it alright to chew carpet surely?
     
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    Bitter Apple spray from Pets at Home is supposed to be good but you might just divert her chewing to something else. Best thing is to interrupt her and stick something else in her mouth.
     
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    we have tried sticking chew toys in her mouth but last the whole of 5 seconds before she s back again may have to try the bitter apple spray if all fails ..thank you
     
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    I would wait until your puppy has grown out of the chewing stage before having a new carpet.
    We have a bottom stair carpet that has been chewed by a puppy. He grew out of the chewing after a while. The dog that did it would be 14 by now.
     
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    Misty did the same when she was a puppy. Once she’d managed to pull a small bit from the bottom stair she wouldn’t leave it alone. I used bitter apple spray on anything (including me!) that I didn’t want her to chew. She grew out of it and we now have new carpet that she’s always left alone.
     
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    We still have the same carpet, just 14 years older now, and will probably be renewing it this summer.
     
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    I'm not even considering new carpet until she stops chewing this one no way lol..thank you
     
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    gate off the bottom of the stairs so she CANNOT get to the steps - until she's about 6-MO, just deny access.
    She can't practice what she can't get to. ;)

    - terry

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  9. lynyona

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    Unfortunately that's impossible because the way the stairs are the bannister rail doesn't start until the second step and the stairs are close to the front door, we got a stair gate to stop her going upstairs but that didn't fit again because of the way the stairs are no flush wall to fit it on because the way the second hand rail on right hand side was fitted to help my husband going upstairs
     
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    2 panels of an ex-pen, plus bungee cord to secure the vertical ends to the banisters, & the bottom edge of the panels lying flat on the floor, would form a barrier - of course, it would be moved every time anyone goes up the stairs, closed behind them, & opened to exit the stairs, coming down.

    I don't know what Ur staircase looks like, but if U post a photo, we could brainstorm. :)
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    this sort of thing is free-standing, but can be secured to the banisters while it stands on the floor -

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    Another option is a fireguard - as long as she's not a jumper. I have a fireguard downstairs and a two-panel dog guard similar to the one LfL has posted upstairs and find them invaluable for keeping the dog away from food, the cat, freshly made beds, visitors he might take exception to and so on.
     
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    I have a freestanding fire guard at the bottom of the stairs, much easier than a baby gate.
    This is the one I have, was about £25, although now unavailable.
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    You can also get mesh babygates to fit awkward spaces. They have a fixed bracket on each side but the panel itself is mesh and rolls across like a blind. I used to have one in my old house as the banisters were too wide for normal stairgates, got it second hand off eBay.
     
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    you can give her some bones to chew on. or you can put bitter apple spray on the carpet Pets at Home sell it.
     
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    photos of my stairs as requested not the best photos I'm afraid I am in the middle of decorating and repainting ..that will be fun with a puppy ..think she going to have to get to like her cage sooner rather than later
     

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    Buy Dreambaby Retractable Gate - Grey (Fits Gaps up to 140cm) at Argos.co.uk - Your Online Shop for Safety gates, Safety, Safety and health, Baby and nursery.}&_$ja=tsid:59156|cid:189942085|agid:18091972765|tid:aud-144400486596:pla-340854877141|crid:77627772805|nw:g|rnd:3717062963150563989|dvc:m|adp:1o1|mt:|loc:9046867&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlcHX48Hf2gIVp5PtCh1RFQy9EAQYASABEgKGjvD_BwE

    This is what I had. But I got it for about £20 off eBay. Could also check gumtree etc for cheaper options if tou were interested in them.
     
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    It is comments like this that make me dislike cages/crates more and more.

    You have a problem with a puppy that is chewing a carpet, the damage is already done now, and you mention having a new stair carpet. Given a little time and a few changes, (there are some helpful suggestions here) why not wait until your youngster has grown out of the chewing habit, why can't you wait and have your new carpet at a later date. Don't just give up and put your puppy in a cage for convenience. I don't believe that our dogs and puppies should be caged just for convenience!
    Of course these modern cages do have some uses, and some puppies are quiet happy to use them, but a puppy should not have to "get to like her cage sooner rather than later" ! It shouldn't be used for a quick convenient fix
    If you want an animal to live in a "cage", maybe a rabbit would be best.

    Too harsh!
    Well I have often got myself into trouble for speaking my mind, I'm used to it.
     
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