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Old 11-15-2011, 09:22 AM
Location: Chicago, IL
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When I had two dogs a couple years ago, the long hair chihuahua I had was such a sweetheart. She was about 3 years old at the time, never made a mess nor chewed carpet. I also (still) have a papillon/chihuahua mix, now turning 4 - when he was a puppy he chewed up the carpet terribly... typically by the doors.

I thought he (papillon/chi) had outgrown that phase as he aged, but I was house and dog sitting for a friend recently, and my dog ripped up the bedroom carpet (when I was gone). The other dog, a 1 year old full papillon still very much in his puppy phase... wouldn't ever think of doing that to the carpet (plus I know it wasn't him since he is still crated). The strange part is that I've been condo/dog sitting for at least a year now... and this is the first time he's gone to town on the carpet.

I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light as to why certain dogs do this and others don't?
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:24 PM
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Chewing near the door can be because a seam is there. Some of the seam tapes use cornstarch glue which can smell like food.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:33 PM
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It could be scent related as mentioned. It could be the dog is bored.

Sometimes, we have to watch our our dogs like toddlers to make sure they don't get into things or chew items (no matter what their age.)

Remember, dogs explore using their mouth...this time, it happen to be carpet.

Just keep an eye on the dog and watch for signs that it is interested in an object, then give it an acceptable chew toy instead. Since it happened while you were away, I would crate the dog when you are going to be gone or gate it off in a non-carpet room, such as the kitchen or laundry room.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:28 AM
Location: LawnGuyLind, NY / Sarasota, FL
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We always leave our dog with several chew toys to play with.
Doesn't matter - if we leave her blanket, or a towel, or her clothes nearby, she chews them instead. Loves to remove stitches from clothes. Chews up the blankets & towels on the corners - sometimes puts nice big holes in things. Has even chewed up her doggie bed.
So unfortunately, we have to remove all that stuff she loves to lay on.
But we recently left a magazine on the floor. She devoured it by the time we got home an hour later.

Hasn't done the furniture or carpets - yet.
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:01 AM
Location: AZ
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I don't know why, but some dogs are just more playful than others... We have had a chihuahua for 5 years that acts like a human and doesn't chew anything, doesn't do anything wrong at all, and acts like an old man.. A year ago I saved a little chiweenie from the pound, who is around 2 or 3 years old, and he acts like a puppy, meaning that he chewed up all of the fibers from all of my rugs, and he is constantly ready to play. He loves shoes also. He just loves to grab one carpet fiber and yank it out anytime that he is near carpet or a rug. He will keep pulling out one fiber at a time until there is a big mess.. lol
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:14 PM
Location: Utah
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My 11 year old Dachshund/Toy Poodle mix started chewing on carpet when she was about 3 years old. I adopted her at 10 months. I notice it now when/if I make/receive a phone call. She runs into my room and chews the carpet along the wall under the window. But the carpet under my bed is COMPLETELY ruined--you can barely tell there was ever carpet there. When I'm not home, all hallway doors are closed and she doesn't chew the carpet while I'm in my room with her. She has access to her doggie door all day and night and a totally fenced yard to run around in.

I wonder if it's some kind of ploy for attention from me. If I'm not paying attention to her, she'll run in my room and start chewing--kind of like a misbehaving child. She has chewed the carpet in my family room in the basement too....but not in the upstairs living room, hallway or other bedrooms upstaird. Weird....she's just weird.
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:21 AM
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I have a Chihuahua that's digging holes in the carpet and than she starts running around and won't stay steal and keeps crying
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:23 AM
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Can mold harm my dog
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:39 AM
Location: West Virginia
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Sounds like a Mouse in the floor boards.
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:22 PM
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My calhoula leopard dag 5 years has started chewing big holes in our carpet and do not know why any answers for me
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