Why do some dogs behave perfectly well outside, then when they come into your house they suddenly start digging into your carpet?

Plus it seems that no matter what you do to try to discourage this behavior, as soon as you turn your back the dog is at it again!

Here are some reasons why your dog may be trying to dig a hole in your carpet:

One – The simplest explanation for digging into your carpet is that your dog may be after a crumb of food that fell into the carpeting material and is just trying to get it out. 

Two – Your dog may smell something in the carpet that arouses his interest and the digging is simply an instinctive reaction to that. Dogs do this outside as well, digging at something in the dirt that they smell, before rolling in it.

Three – Digging in the carpet may be what is known as a displacement behavior. This means that your dog is likely either excited or anxious and this is a way of acting out those feelings. 

So what can you do when your dog goes after your carpet. First of all, try to interrupt your dog’s behavior by making a rather sudden noise. You want to get his attention but not scare him. 

Then call him to you and give him some basic commands such as sit or stay, rewarding him with praise and treats as appropriate. 

Give him another outlet for his energy, such as a walk or playing a game of fetch or tug or war. 

If he has a favorite place on the carpet to dig, you may have to put a heavy protective mat over it or even a piece of furniture. 

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