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I recently got a blue heeler mix from the pound and she is a great dog except she has been biting and pulling on my carpet and I am at a loss as to what to do. She has a huge fenced in yard that she plays in at least 5 times a day, chew toys, she is completely housebroken, only one mess when we couldn't get her out in time. She is 11 months old and very gentle and affectionate. Any suggestions please!
 

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She does it when I am at home or not, twice when I wasn't looking and once right in front of me. I said no and she stopped but today she ripped up the carpet in the hall in front of the bathroom and made a big gap.
 

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The immediate fix is to limit her access to the carpet when you can't watch her, either with a crate or confined "puppy safe" space. Obviously, or hopefully, you corrected the behavior when you saw it happen by redirecting her attention to an approved chew toy. The cause for this behavior is most likely boredom. You can relieve boredom by giving your pup plenty of mental, physical, and social stimulation. Mental stimulation like teaching basic obedience, tricks, and manners. Physical stimulation like walking, running, or swimming - your dog may have plenty of room to roam, but exercise is best for your dog when you conduct the activity. And social stimulation like visiting new people, places, and dogs. How much time do you spend exercising, training, and socializing your pup?
 

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Oh on top of curbside prophets advice, your dog might not be respecting you. You have to make sure that you eat first, don't let your dog "win" when you get into confrontations or play with toys, make your dog walk behind you. You have to totally dominate your dog, have an attitude where your the boss and she is your underling. Take care of yourself first before you take care of your dog. Make her feel that she has to earn your affection.
 

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Training aside, I have a tale that might interest you. My dane NEVER chews carpet, flooring, etc. However, she started going spastic over one spot in the kitchen. Scratching and digging at it. To make a long story short, a family of mice nested in that spot in the crawlspace below. She could hear them and wanted to get after them. After removing the nest and the offending pests, she hasn't done it again. Her prey drive completely overwhelmed her training in this instance. Perhaps this might be a contributing problem. Worth looking into maybe.
 
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