4 Simple Ways to Stop Your Dog from Chewing Shoes
Is your dog driving you mad because he is chewing all your shoes? Learn why they engage in this bad behavior and how you can stop them from chewing your shoes in the future.
Why Do Dogs Chew Shoes
First off, chewing is part of a dog’s innate behavior. The problem arises when the dog starts to chew your possessions, such as shoes and furniture. In addition to it being a part of their normal habits, dogs may also chew shoes for the following reasons:
- Boredom: this tends to be the biggest cause of destructive chewing and a big problem for single dog owners. Dogs will chew or find something to entertain themselves if they are left alone.
- Attention: your dog might start to think that chewing shoes is a great way to get your attention if you show a strong reaction (e.g. louder voice) anytime he chews a shoe.
- Smell: dogs are curious animals and they rely heavily on their sense of smell to fully explore their environment. The slightest hint of shoe odor may spark a dog’s interest.
- Teething: dogs, especially puppies, may also chew to alleviate their teething pain. Shoes happen to be made of material that has the right amount of softness and durability.
How to Stop Dogs from Chewing Shoes
Take action as soon as possible. It’s hard to break a dog’s chewing habit, especially if they’ve been doing it for some time. Here are some things you can do to stop your dog from chewing shoes in the future.
- Store Your Shoes: make your shoes inaccessible by storing them in a shoe cabinet or a shoe hanger. In addition to this, you should find some kind of replacement object for the dogs to chew on.
- Find a Replacement: get plenty of toys for the dog to chew on. Any time you see your dog chewing a shoe, take it away firmly then give him a toy to chew. If your dog likes to chew a specific type of shoe then you might want to find a toy that closely resembles it (e.g. leather shoe and leather toy).
- Tire Him Out: if you are a single dog owner and have to leave your dog alone for the whole day then try and tire him out before you head out for work. Get a long morning walk in or a 15 minute playing session with a flirt pole. Have your dog nap while you aren’t at home.
- Training: help your dog understand that shoes aren’t toys. Take a bunch of shoes and dog toys then spread them out in a room. Next, have your dog come into the room and observe his behavior. Every time the dog gets close to a shoe, redirect him to a toy then reward him with a treat.
Whatever you end up doing, never ever scold your dog or attempt to hit him. To a dog, every object, including shoes, is fair game. Instead, do your best to redirect your dog’s attention to an object that can be chewed without repercussions.