My dog started chewing my shoes. She's a 1 year old Pit, recently spayed and has never done the chewing thing before. She's a rescue dog who was abused and is a friendly, well behaved dog. Please help.
By m.janus from Cheektowaga, NY
My sister buys used stuffed animals without squeakers or plastic eyes for her dog to chew on. Also, keeping shoes put away in closed closets will help.
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Dogs like to chew, it's normal. Give them beef chews in place of a shoe. If I'm out of chews I gave mine socks instead, it was cheaper. I found old packs of socks at Goodwill. Make sure the chews are big enough to last and safe. Keep the shoes where they can't find them. Don't sweat the small stuff.
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By Vera J
When you are not around, put your shoes in the closet and close the door. Leave your dog with some acceptable chew items as the other post suggests. Your dog will outgrow this as he gets older. He's still young. But don't leave anything around to tempt him.
Sometimes dogs with separation anxiety will chew on things that smell like you (with Mason it was our bedding, and he can open door knobs). If shutting your shoes in the closet isn't an option, try making them taste bad. We have some no-scratch stuff we use on the couch for our kittens, and if I accidentally touch that part of the couch then later touch my mouth - OMG! Dollars to doughnuts, something like that would keep him from chewing your shoes.
Could your doggie be "teething" still? I know they need good strong leather or similar things to chew when they're teething much as babies need teething objects to help them get the
teeth through the gums. Since all puppies seem to go through the "chewing" cycle, I'd make sure he had lots of acceptable things to chew on. Since the shoes have your scent on them, they make the puppy feel comforted too.
Hope this helps.
Do you provide him with appropriate chew toys?