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.
By Vera J
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
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?
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