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Digging on the carpet

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by McKenzie, Jan 8, 2021.


  1. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    We moved house just over a week ago. Elliot has always been prone to digging on (human) beds but he's done it a few times on the carpet in the new house - I haven't seen him do it but he's left behind carpet fluff. I've blocked off one area he's done it (under a table) but the other one was just in a corner.

    Do you think this is anxiety, and he'll stop soon? Or any ideas how I can stop this? It's a rental and I can't afford to replace carpets!
     
  2. Lurcherlad

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    Highly possible and in a new, strange environment I would think.

    Blocking any area he favours is a good idea to avoid any habit forming.

    Hopefully, she’ll settle quickly.
     
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    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    Thanks, I'm wondering if I should put something down (like a blanket or towel) in places he's done it or if this will encourage him more.

    Hopefully he settles down soon. Probably didn't help that he had to go to a new groomer yesterday too :Nailbiting
     
  4. Lurcherlad

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    I’d think a blanket might encourage him, though a dog bed might work.

    A new groomer was probably quite stressful too so it makes sense of it a bit more, I guess?
     
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    If it's any consolation, I bought a new kitchen carpet just over a week ago. For the first few days it was down both dogs scratched it and Grisha has actually damaged it. They've stopped doing it now I'm pleased to say.
     
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    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    Yes very bad timing on my part but unavoidable. I felt so sorry for him. She’s lovely though and very good!

    Not great Grisha damaged it but great that they have stopped now!
     
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  7. Sarah H

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    Dogs are scent focused so it's probably a reaction to everything smelling weird. I'd put blankets or rugs down that smell of you. We all have a family smell that includes our dogs (unfortunately!) so get your scent over as much of the floor and furniture as possible!
     
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    A friend had this issues with a very diggy dog. They duct taped spare (but not brand new, so familiar smells) pillowcases down in the various places, without creating a human trip hazard. Scent swapping generally as @Sarah H says is good though (I'm not sure why the term "scent swapping" hasn't made it into dog person vocabulary yet, it's a big one in cat circles, and very useful when you want an easy term!).
     
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    Yes scent is a massive thing for cats, but is just as important to dogs (I don't know why people don't think social scenting in dogs is important, but it's a huge thing!)
     
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    Thanks, I did this the other day (I saw you posted but didn't reply then) and so far he hasn't done it again since then, but I also haven't left him alone since I put the blankets down. I'll be out for a short time today so hopefully he doesn't do it again.

    Yes I've read about scent swapping when I lurk in the cat forum! Makes sense!
     
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