06-15-2012, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Sundog
Background: I have an 11-week old Bichon puppy, extraordinarily well behaved and doing very well with crate training. The only difficulty is that she chews on the carpet from time to time, so unless I am paying 100% attention to her to redirect every time, she has to be in her crate. At the moment the crate is always in the room with me (I mostly work from home), but it still doesn't seem ideal. I try to keep her out of the crate for a good 5-6 hours a day, more if possible, obviously in stretches after each time we go outside, but she does not love to run around (yet? hopefully yet) and I'm worried that she's not getting enough exercise/that she likes her crate more than she likes me!
Question: Is carpet chewing a phase she will outgrow, and we can get past it by having her in one of those playpens with a vinyl floor that she can nip on to her heart's content (along with her bed, aka that very large and unwieldly chew toy, and at least one actual toy)? Or is letting her chew on the vinyl bottom also a bad idea, because she will not learn that chewing the floor is a thing you don't do?
Carpet chewing can be fun especially if it has the loops that can be pulled on..
I would not put her in something that she can chew. I would baby gate her in a room with tile floors and give her plenty of her own things to tear up and plenty of things to chew on. I like giving puppies the cardboard roll from toilet paper and paper towels. It gives them something to tear that will not hurt them if they swallow a piece.