Excerpt from my book on GSDs
"And if King created a problem with the pillows, Shalimar’s favorite pastime was tearing up the wall-to-wall carpet in the house. Having bought out all the rolls of carpet tape and being a security “authority”, I decided to monitor what was going on in the house via closed circuit television with a monitor in the basement.
So I “left” to go to work and quietly ran down into the basement to monitor Shali. I figured that when she tore up the carpeting, I would race upstairs and scold her. Hopefully she’d get the message.
So in the basement I sat, my eyes glued to the monitor. And that’s where I sat all day long. Shali didn’t touch the carpet in the house, but instead went out and got a piece of carpeting that she had torn up the previous day. I know because I could see her holding the piece of carpeting in her mouth on the monitor.
The next weekend I was sleeping in and enjoying the piece and quiet when all of a sudden I was jarred awake by what sounded like carpet being torn up again. When I got down stairs, there was Shali—every muscle in her body ripping up the carpeting. King sat by watching the Shali-antics. He had been trained, but not to protect the carpeting!
The problem was finally solved by Shane Beardsworth (AAA Dog Training/), a trainer that I knew and had used with King to teach him basic stuff like sit, stay, heel, et cetera. He told me that when Shali was caught tearing up the carpet, that I should take a piece of carpeting, large enough that she couldn’t swallow it, and tape it in her mouth. And Shane said, “I know you so don’t wimp out or you’ll regret it.”
He went on to tell about another client who used the correction once instead of three times as called for. This client then left the dog out in his back yard where he stored his favorite restored convertible. The client came home to find that his convertible and been “converted”—permanently.
By that time, I was more or less desperate so I did what this guy recommended. He said that once wouldn’t be enough, and that I should plan on doing this “correction” three times. And Shali never again touched the carpeting. "