Dog Has Started Chewing on Shoes

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.

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August 18, 20100 found this helpful

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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August 20, 20100 found this helpful

Bitter apple spray, available at feed store.

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August 20, 20100 found this helpful

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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July 24, 2011 Flag

How can I get my 6 month old male Pitbull pup to stop shredding my sandals? He seems to really only want to eat my black ones. I have had him since he was 7 weeks old, and he started doing this about 4 weeks ago. Every time I leave the house, he finds my black sandals and not just chews, he really rips it up. Two days ago he went for my brown ones. Any help would be appreciated.
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By Vera J

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July 24, 20110 found this helpful

We had similar problem with our lab pup. We started by giving him about three different items he could chew on. Two were organic like a cow hoof and a rawhide. The other was a Kong which they cannot chew apart. Whenever we gave him one of those items and he started chewing on it we gave him a ton of praise. Then we hid all our shoes. It only took a week or so for this to work

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July 24, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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July 25, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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July 25, 20110 found this helpful

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.

Pookarina

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July 25, 20110 found this helpful

Do you provide him with appropriate chew toys?

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July 25, 20110 found this helpful

Have you considered placing your shoes where Puppy can't find them and giving him an animal product to chew?

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