Is your dog chewing on the carpet or eating other things that weren't meant to be ingested? This is definitely a dangerous habit that can lead to a hefty veterinary bill and, in some cases, a fight for your dog's life! Eating things like string, yarn, or women's pantyhose can be particularly dangerous. At the very least, it's a hassle to have to replace your belongings all the time.
If your dog is eating inappropriate things, it may have a medical problem. For example, anemia can lead to something called Pica - eating or licking unusual things. Take your dog to the vet for a checkup to be sure you're not dealing with something physical.
Inappropriate and destructive chewing can also be caused by boredom or your dog's need to exercise his jaws. Many dogs aren't getting the mental stimulation or exercise for their jaws that they need each day. In addition to giving your dog chews to exercise her jaws, follow our Boredom Busters for Dogs to increase mental stimulation and cut down on your dog's inappropriate chewing.
You should also consider crate training your dog so that you can put her safely in a crate when she can't be supervised. Last, teach a strong Leave It or Drop It command so that you can quickly get your dog to leave things alone or drop something you don't want her to swallow.
Cara, Austin Dog Trainer