How can we stop our one-year-old dog from chewing up the carpet? --iVillager short_n_fluffy
Dog trainer Andrea Arden says:
Management and a chew-toy habit should do the trick. He's at that difficult age where you look at him and think he is an adult, but he is still just an adolescent. So confine him to a safe area (a room that is "puppy-proofed," obviously without carpeting, if possible). Give him two white, sterilized bones stuffed with really good stuff (whatever you can think of that is better than carpeting). We want to get him addicted to chew toys. Also, try an activity ball. This is perfect for stuffing his dinner into and will keep him busy for a while. Management is the key to solving your problem (not letting him chew the carpet anymore) plus giving him a little occupational therapy. Once he has a strong chew-toy habit you can give him supervised access to the carpeted area; then he should be able to hang out there on his own, not chewing.