My Dog Keeps Chewing on My Shoe Laces
What in the heck is going on? Why won’t your dog stop chewing your shoe laces? What makes them do something like that? And does it mean anything if they’ve just started doing it all of a sudden? Is it okay for dogs to eat shoe laces, or could they get sick or hurt?
Today, we’re going to answer all the questions you have about this strange issue. We’ll also cover the most important thing on your mind: how to stop your dog from chewing on your shoe laces. Soon, you’ll no longer have running plans ruined because your dog chewed up your shoe laces! So without further ado, let’s get to our article “My Dog Keeps Chewing on My Shoe Laces.”
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Why Won’t My Dog Stop Chewing My Shoe Laces?
Your dog won’t stop chewing your shoe laces because they’re experiencing anxiety, and the chewing releases endorphins which soothe them. Your shoe laces also have the added bonus of smelling like you (dogs have a very acute sense of smell).
Puppies chew on shoe laces when they are teething to ease their pain, so you should also consider this if they’re under six months old. Other less likely, but still possible explanations, are that your dog is feeling bored and chews up your shoe laces for fun. Make sure they’re getting plenty of playtime.
But while shoe laces are easily replaceable, you can’t allow your dog to continue experiencing this stress in their life. If your dog is chewing up your shoe laces, then they’re likely also doing this to many of your other possessions. I’d bet you’ll also find your dog is chewing on your shoes, chewing on your neckties, chewing on the belt of your pants, and maybe even chewing on your TV remote.
To stop your dog from chewing on shoe laces and your other objects, you’ll need to address their problem at its root by using behavioral training. Skip to the last section now where we’ll tell exactly how you can do that.
Why Is My Dog Chewing My Shoe Laces All of a Sudden?
Your dog is chewing your shoe laces all of a sudden because they’ve had a recent change that has made them more anxious, bored, or in pain. Your dog is then seeking to soothe this pain by chewing on something that smells like you. This releases endorphins and calms them.
Have you made a recent move, or maybe you haven’t been around the house as much? Is your dog getting less playtime than they normally would? Have they been whining or exhibiting other signs that they’re hurting? Think carefully about what’s occurred lately which might have caused your dog to be experiencing more anxiety, pain, or boredom.
Is It Ok for Dogs to Eat Shoelaces?
It is not okay for dogs to eat shoelaces, as they can put them at risk for choking, digestion problems, or even an impacted intestine.
While these risks are not high for most dogs, there’s still no reason to take that chance. Furthermore, your dog eating shoelaces is a sign of an underlying issue — likely anxiety — which needs to be addressed so you should never ignore your dog doing this.
How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing on Your Shoe Laces
To stop your dog from chewing on your shoe laces:
- If you catch them in the act, give a calm but firm “no” or “stop” immediately.
- Do not clap, yell, or get angry, as your dog is chewing your shoe laces almost certainly due to anxiety, and this will only make things worse for them.
- Put your dog into time-out in their crate or a closed-off room with no toys for about 10 minutes.
- Let them out, and if they again start showing interest in your shoe laces, redirect them to a proper outlet like a chew toy.
- When they play with their toy instead, give them pets, praise, and a small treat.
- Make a 50/50 mix of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle.
- Apply the mix to a cloth, then wipe your shoe laces down with it.
- Wait about an hour for the vinegar to dry, and the smell will go away but will still deter most dogs.
- If you have leather shoe laces, use a leather conditioner after as the vinegar could dry them out a bit.
- Store your shoes somewhere that your dog can’t get to them.
- Make sure that your dog is getting plenty of playtime and attention.
- Ensure that anyone else in the home is also following these steps.
- Be patient and consistent.
The combination of deterrence and showing your dog that there are better options should help to stop your dog chewing on your shoe laces. You’ll still need, however, to take care of the issue which was causing all of this in the first place: their anxiety. Failure to do so will just lead to them chewing on other things of yours, and your dog will continue suffering.
And to properly handle their problem, we first need to quickly go over what makes dogs tick, and has for thousands and thousands of years now. You’ve likely heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack, there is a pack leader.
Well, when your dog is chewing up your shoe laces and your other things as a response to anxiety or other problems, they are distinctly telling you that they don’t completely trust you in this role.
If they did, they would not get stressed or anxious, even when you’re not around. They would stay calm and only seek to relax by chewing things for fun and that they’re allowed to, like their toys. They would not destructively chew your shoe laces or anything else. And most importantly, they would listen to you and obey your commands at all times, and do so happily!
Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable and effective one, and you’ll make all of these things happen.
You win. Your shoe laces win because they no longer have to live in fear. And your dog wins too, because they’ll quit having to carrying around all that stress on their little shoulders 24/7.
Sounds like a heck of a fix for everyone, right?
“Yeah, sure, but how am I supposed to do any of this?”
You should watch an excellent free video series on this exact subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In the series, he’ll explain everything in ways that are very easy to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you’ll start seeing these important changes in your dog before things get any worse.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t worry, because no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean. Dan uses only 100% humane and loving methods at all times. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.
I’m sure you’re ready to have all of this destructive chewing on your things behind you, so I’ll let you get started now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article “My Dog Keeps Chewing on My Shoe Laces.”