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Dog scratching carpets HELP!!!!

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Rocco2015, May 10, 2019.

  1. Rocco2015

    Rocco2015 PetForums Newbie

    May 10, 2019
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    Hi my dogs 4 years old and always been well behaved when left alone and in company. (Apart from the obvious puppy phase). Since I've had him we've moved house a few times but only recently on our last move hes started scratching and ripping up the carpets when hes left alone. He only ever scratches the carpet on the staircase, hall way (bottom of stairs) and the landing. I've tried punishing him through time out in the "naught corner" which has always worked in the past for correcting any negative behaviour but that isn't working this time. Hes really well excersized and has plenty socialisation with other dogs aswell as lots of good attention for positive behaviour from me and my girlfriend every day. Hope someone out there can help with the problem. Any advice will be much appreciated. Thanks
  2. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

    Nov 22, 2010
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    If he only does it when you’re out and you’re coming home and punishing him for it, he won’t have a clue why you’re angry.

    There’s lots of reasons why he might be showing this behaviour, but for a start, use baby gates or doors to keep him away from the areas he’s scratching when you’re not home.
  3. Jamesgoeswalkies

    Jamesgoeswalkies PetForums VIP

    May 8, 2014
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    To be honest, 'punishing' your dog when you get back, for something that happened whilst you were out is more likely to have exacerbated the behaviour (as the dogs anxiety increases when left as they know their owners are going to be cross when they come in but they have no idea why). Try to be completely calm when you come in even if there has been damage.

    It sounds as if your dog is not completely settled in this house and this is manifesting in some separation anxiety. It may be a scent or smell around the carpet area (for example a previous dog or animal that lived in the house) that has caused these areas to be targeted or it may just be that this gives the dog an outlet for his anxiety. How long are you leaving him for? Are there any outside noises that might make him stressed?

    Either way, I would rethink how your dog is left and (as has been suggested) maybe use a baby gate/pen to separate the dog into an area where there are no carpets. I would also make sure that your dog has some good things that he can chew or play with ... a good old stuffed Kong, a snuffle mat or whatever. And be calm when you come back in. There is a sticky thread on Separation Anxiety.

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  4. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

    Jan 5, 2013
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    Look at Kikopup, positively.com and thecanineconsultants.co.uk for tips and some insight into what is making your dog anxious and how you might help him settle.

    Punishing him will only make the matter worse and more anxious.

    If you have punished him for something he’s done while you were out in the past (toilet accidents, etc.) he wouldn’t have understood why but could very well now just be anxious that you’re going to punish him because you came home. You can see how that will make him anxious.
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