How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing Shoes

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My dog loves to eat shoes! How do I get my dog to stop chewing my shoes?


Your shoes are a strange combination of everything your dog loves: they’re chewy and they smell like you. Your dog chewing your shoes is practically a compliment!

That said, most dogs feel guilty after they’ve destroyed a shoe. They didn’t mean to eat it. They just meant to “experience” it a little.

3 ways to stop shoe chewing

To stop your dog from chewing shoes, you need to remove the three causes of shoe chewing: temptation, loneliness, and boredom.

1. Remove the temptation

Shoe chewing is an addictive behavior. You need to put your shoes away and remove the temptation. Your dog may try to apply their chewing to other things that smell like you. Make sure you keep your clothes put away, too.

To control the cravings, give your dog an alternative like a Nylabone or a Kong. Do not give your dog a rawhide chew. Rawhide chews are cowhide. They’re a lot like shoes. Don’t confuse your dog with nuance.

2. Remove the loneliness

Your dog may be acting out if they’re lonely. If they’re chewing your shoes because they’re missing you, find something fun that the two of you can do together. If your dog is alone all day, consider getting them a canine companion or taking her to doggy daycare.

3. Remove the boredom

Remove the boredom your dog is facing. Every dog needs a job. If your dog has something to focus on (besides your shoes!), the problem will be solved.

Preventing your dog from chewing shoes requires a combination of consistent training, providing appropriate chew toys, and understanding their needs. By creating a dog-friendly environment and redirecting their behavior, you can effectively curb the shoe-chewing habit. With patience and positive reinforcement, your canine companion can learn to enjoy appropriate chew items, ensuring a harmonious and shoe-safe home.

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