Dogs and carpets don’t always mix. If you have a dog, there is a good chance that you will come home to the sight of one or more holes in your carpet at some point in your life. The question now becomes: how do you fix them? There are several ways to repair such an issue, but it all comes down to what hole it is and whether or not the rug can be saved. In this article, I will discuss how to fix a hole in the carpet from a dog. So let us get started.
A Detailed Stepwise Guide on How to Fix a Hole in the Carpet From a Dog
First, you need to assess the damage and figure out what needs to be done. If your dog needs to be taught how to go outside, this is not the right time for that! Put yourself in a calm state of mind.
Next up, get some tools ready so that you can fix the hole quickly and cleanly (and painlessly!) Carefully tear away any fraying edges of carpeting around the hole with an Exacto knife or box cutter if necessary (this is becoming increasingly common practice- please note that participating veterinarians are not responsible for any injuries incurred while learning this technique).
Having found the edge of the hole, carefully cut through the underlay around it using your box cutter or Exacto knife. If the underlay is particularly thick, you may need to use a screwdriver for popping it up, then cut through underneath with your knife- be careful not to gouge the floor underneath.
Even after cutting out the hole completely, there are still some tattered edges around the carpet, which could cause problems later on down the line. Using duct tape or masking tape, smooth down any loose edges so that everything is nice and neat looking.
Now it’s time for surgery! Get your trusty stapler ready, ensuring that there is ample cord length left at the back before you start stapling over all frayed edges. This part can be tricky, but try not to think about what you are doing too much, and you should be fine.
It is time now to test out whether your dog can still fit through the hole after you have fixed it up. If not, don’t worry! Just get a knife or box cutter again and make another incision, this time in a slightly different location. Be careful not to cut yourself on any of those sharp edges- it might help to stick the tip of the knife into some foam rubber before cutting so that it doesn’t slip just as easily (just kidding, people!!!).
Up until now, we had assumed that you didn’t want your dog inside anymore, but if you would like him inside, please go directly to step 8.* If you’d instead he stayed outside, take the carpet strips of the hole and replace it with an appropriate size doggy-door.
Now that your dog is outside his home, you can freely walk around him without fear of being bitten! Go into your backyard or front yard (if you don’t have a yard, then go into wherever your dog is usually found) and find some comfortable* rocks, sticks, small shrubs, etc., for him to scratch at if you can’t find anything close by bringing some inside so he doesn’t get bored of them too soon! Enlist the help of any family members or friends if they are available, giving them tedious tasks like throwing rocks back and forth (and later on teaching them to throw frisbees!).
Pretty soon, your dog will get tired of all this and start to come inside. When he does, immediately stop what you are doing and give him a treat for coming in! Keep in mind that if you don’t want him going outside anymore, only reward him every other time he comes back inside- too many treats might make him think it’s okay to do it all the time.
Precautions While Fixing A Hole in the Carpet From a Dog
1) Gloves, protective glasses, and masks are highly recommended to protect yourself from dog saliva.
2) Avoid using duct tape as it is not the solution for every problem with your carpet. In this case, its stickiness can cause further problems if it adheres to the fibers of your carpet after you pull it off. If you plan to use duct tape, place a cloth over the area before placing the video on the hole. Then, press down around the edges of where you want to cover up and proceed with step 3).
3) Many pet owners use an efficient household tool that is relatively easy to apply: caulk! Caulk, also known as sealant or goop, has been used for many years in the construction and plumbing industries for its water-proof capabilities and its ability to keep air out. This is what we need for our purposes when fixing a hole in a dog.
4) Once you have calked up the area or put tape over the hole, go back in with your steamer and run it over the area until it has moistened all around there and in between fibers where the spot had been. This will help especially if using caulk by making sure that it sticks properly to carpet fibers after you pull away from your cloth/tape.
5) For huge holes or tears, if they are within reach of a seam (the fabric connecting areas together), you can use a hot needle and thread to connect the broken pieces. Again, make sure that there is an appropriate degree of tension as you sew if using this method.
6) To finish off, spray or paint with a matching color from your carpet’s manufacturer a small amount of a matching dye over the newly fixed area. This will help blend it in, so it doesn’t look so obvious. Remember, never dye the whole thing! Just a light spray or two should do. Make sure to clean up any drips right away with water on a towel before they have time to sink into fabric deeply and spread their stain further than just where you wanted them to be visible.
How To Keep Dogs Aloof From Carpets?
There are several ways to keep your dogs from chewing the carpet. If you catch them in the act of chewing, scold them and give them a toy where they can chew on it without ruining your carpet. Please do not let any unknown or strange dogs into your home that you cannot trust around your mat.
Dogs who like to eat and chew will generally learn that this is unacceptable behavior, but some dogs are just naturally bad about this. It would help if you never left young puppies alone with new rugs or carpets because of their natural curiosity about all things new.
How To Clean Dog Urine Out Of Carpet?
Urine stains are hard to get out of carpeting, especially if it has soaked down through multiple layers. Therefore, you want to make sure the carpet is wet with warm water before you attempt to clean it.
Mix two ounces of dishwashing liquid, one ounce of white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, four ounces of rubbing alcohol, and fill up the rest of a 32-ounce bottle with cold water. Put on some rubber gloves for this because once the carpet has been saturated with urine, no amount of scrubbing will remove that smell.
Soak all the stained areas until they are damp, and then pour the cleaning solution on top of them so that it can soak down through to the bottom layer. Allow it to sit on there for about five minutes, and then start scrubbing by hand or with an old towel or rag. Use your gloved fingers instead of a brush. If the old stains don’t come ultimately out, you can either use a carpet shampooer or get pet odor and stain remover from a local store to try again.
I hope you have obtained a clear conception of how to fix a hole in the carpet from a dog. Thank you and have a nice day!
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