Dog Chewed Slippers? Here’s How to Stop It for Good!

Ever come home to find your favorite slippers destroyed by your furry friend? In “Dog Chewed Slippers? Here’s How to Stop It for Good!” we’ll discuss the reasons behind this common canine behavior and provide helpful tips on how to stop your dog from chewing slippers.

We’ll also explore whether slippers are safe for dogs to chew on and if this is a phase your dog will eventually outgrow. Get ready to reclaim your footwear and put an end to this pesky habit by reading the article below!

How to Stop Your Dog from Chewing Slippers

Dog Chewed Slippers

To stop your dog chewing on slippers:

  1. Keep slippers hidden away or as out of reach as possible.
  2. Be sure your dog always has a proper outlet for their chewing such as a toy that will keep them busy.
  3. Spray something to deter your dog, like a 1:1 mix of water and distilled white vinegar onto the slippers.
  4. The smell of vinegar will not be detectable after about sixty minutes, but your dog will still be deterred.
  5. Give a calm but firm “stop” or “no” right away when you see that your dog is chewing slippers.
  6. Don’t get angry or scream, because if they’re behaving like this stemming from anxiety (which is very likely), this will only make their problems worse.
  7. Put them into a brief time-out in a closed-off room or their crate for roughly 10 minutes.
  8. If you notice them starting to go towards the slippers, point them to a favorite toy.
  9. Reward them with a treat, pets, and praise when they choose a toy instead of biting, gnawing, and chewing on your slippers.
  10. Be sure that everyone else who lives in your home is also going by these steps.
  11. Stay consistent and patient.

This should stop your dog chewing slippers, but you’ll still need to address the underlying issue which was causing all of this in the first place (usually anxiety). If you ignore that, your dog will continue to suffer, and you’ll find that they’ll keep misbehaving in other related ways.

And to do that, we must first talk about what makes dogs function deep down. You’ve probably heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.

But every time that your dog chews slippers, they are clearly proving to you that they don’t respect you as the head of the family pack.

If they did, they wouldn’t chew up your slippers and continue doing so repeatedly even after you’ve told them to stop. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of disrespect or misbehavior. And they would obey your commands at all times — happily — and they would do so immediately.

Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable one who must be respected, and you’ll make all of these wonderful transformations a reality.

Obviously, you’ll win. But your dog will be the even bigger winner here because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the confusion and worry that their behavior problems are currently burdening their little shoulders with every single second of every single day.

Sounds great, right?

“Yeah, definitely, but how am I supposed to do this?”

You should watch an incredibly useful free video series which is on this exact subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In the series, he explains absolutely everything in ways that are very simple to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you can start seeing these crucial changes in your dog in no time.

Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to your dog. Dan uses only 100% humane and loving teaching techniques at all times. Not just because they’re the right thing to do, but also because they’re the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.

Why Do Dogs Chew Slippers?

Dogs chew slippers because they might be anxious, bored, or teething. Anxiety in dogs often leads them to seek comfort by chewing on objects, like slippers, that carry their owner’s scent. This can be due to things like being left alone for long periods, sudden environmental changes, or inability to handle stress.

Boredom is another reason dogs may chew slippers. When dogs don’t get enough mental and physical stimulation, they can resort to chewing as a way to expend excess energy. To prevent this, make sure your dog has access to interactive toys and regular exercise.

Finally, teething is a common cause for chewing, especially in puppies. As their new teeth come in, puppies will chew on various items, including slippers, to alleviate the discomfort they experience.

Keeping your slippers out of your dog’s reach is a helpful first step, but it’s essential to realize that this alone won’t address the core issue. Your dog will just seek out other items to chew on destructively to alleviate their problem.

You might soon find your dog chews the bath mat, chews the shower curtain, chews the towels, chews the bathrobes, or even chews your favorite shoes. Virtually anything within reach can become a potential target. It’s clear that addressing the root cause of the problem is crucial. To learn the exact steps to do this, go back to the first section of this article now.

Are Slippers Safe for Dogs to Chew On?

Slippers are not safe for dogs to chew on. Chewing on slippers can lead to various health issues for your dog. Small pieces of fabric or rubber can be accidentally ingested, causing digestive problems or even blockages that might require surgery to remove.

Furthermore, the chemicals used in the manufacturing process of slippers can be harmful to dogs if ingested. Chewing on slippers may also damage your dog’s teeth or gums, leading to dental issues that require veterinary care.

It’s crucial to provide your dog with safe and appropriate chew toys to protect their health and well-being. To learn the steps to that while also address the problem at its root, go back to the first section now where we’ll explain everything you need to know.

Will My Dog Grow Out of Chewing Slippers?

While puppies will grow out of teething, it’s essential to address the chewing behavior immediately. Even though the teething phase will eventually pass, it’s important not to let it become a learned behavior now, as they will still find it pleasurable and soothing even as an adult.

In addition to teething, other factors like anxiety and boredom may contribute to your dog’s slipper-chewing habit. Addressing these underlying issues is crucial to ensuring your dog stops chewing on slippers for good.

You should now know everything you need to handle your dog’s chewing problem, so I’ll let you get started. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article “Dog Chewed Slippers? Here’s How to Stop It for Good!”

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Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge on dog training and behavior, while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.