How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing on Shoes
Sick of finding your favorite pair of shoes chewed up and destroyed because your dog got to them? Why do they do this? What causes dogs to chew shoes? What do you spray on shoes to keep dogs from chewing? Is your dog mad if they’re chewing on your shoes, or is something else going on?
Today, we’re going to answer all of these questions for you, and most importantly, we’ll tell you how to stop your dog from chewing on shoes. Soon, you’ll have this aggravating issue behind you for good! That’ll sure be nice, won’t it? Of course! Keep reading and we’ll tell you everything you need to know in this article below!
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What Causes Dogs to Chew Shoes?
Anxiety and stress cause dogs to chew on shoes. The chewing releases endorphins which help them feel better, and your shoes have the added bonus of smelling like you. Remember that while they may just stink to you, dogs have a very acute sense of smell and can detect your scent.
Other less likely possibilities are that your dog is teething (if under six months old), or just bored and chewing up your shoes for fun.
Obviously, your shoes are not cheap and the last thing you need is to find that your dog has chewed up the shoes you were just about to wear, so you can’t let this continue. But there’s the even more important issue that your dog is experiencing anxiety which you need to help them with.
If your dog is chewing on your shoes, then I’m sure they’re likely exhibiting their struggles with anxiety in many other related ways too. Is your dog chewing on your shoe laces, chewing your neckties, chewing on your leather belt, or maybe even chewing on your cell phone? If they’re not already, there’s a good chance they will be soon.
To stop your dog from chewing on your shoes and also end all of their other related destructive chewing, you’ll need to do so through behavioral training. You can skip to the last section now, where we’ll tell you exactly how to do that.
What Do You Spray on Shoes to Keep Dogs From Chewing?
Spray a 50/50 mix of water and distilled white vinegar on your shoes to keep dogs from chewing. Make your mix in a spray bottle, then apply it to a cloth before using it on your shoes. There may be a slight smell, but it will go away once your vinegar mixture has dried in about an hour.
Your dog will still be able to sense the smell, however, and it will deter many dogs. Vinegar is safe to use on leather shoes but it can be drying, so you should use a leather conditioner afterward. But you still need to address the underlying issue of your dog’s anxiety, or your dog’s destructive chewing will just move to other objects and they’ll continue to suffer.
Skip to the last section now where we’ll go over how you can do that.
Is My Dog Mad if They’re Chewing on Shoes?
Your dog is not mad if they’re chewing on shoes. They’re experiencing anxiety, or just bored. Chewing releases endorphins that soothe them, and they may have chosen your shoes because they also smell like you, which your dog also enjoys.
But it is very unlikely that your dog is chewing on your shoes because they’re mad at you or anything else.
How to Stop Your Dog Chewing on Shoes
To stop your dog chewing on shoes, immediately give a calm but firm “no” or “stop” if you catch them in the act. Do not yell, clap, or get angry. Your dog chews on your shoes due to anxiety, and this will only make their problem worse. Next, put your dog into time-out in their crate or a closed-off room with no toys for about 10 minutes.
Make a 50/50 mix of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle, apply it to a cloth, then rub it on your shoes. The smell will go away once it’s dried in about an hour, but it will still be able to be picked up by your dog and will continue to deter them (though it won’t work with 100% of dogs).
If your shoes are leather, the vinegar may dry them, so use a leather conditioner afterward. Also make sure to store your shoes somewhere that your dog can’t easily get to them, and that they’re getting plenty of playtime and attention.
But none of this will address your dog’s underlying issue of anxiety, which is causing your dog to chew on your shoes in the first place. The spray mixture will deter many dogs, but if you don’t get to the problem at its root, then their destructive chewing will just transfer to different areas and they’ll still be going through all that stress.
To properly treat your dog’s anxiety, we need to first quickly talk about what makes dogs function. You’ve probably heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader. But when your dog responds to anxiety by chewing on your shoes or other destructive behaviors, they are clearly showing that they don’t fully trust you in this role.
If they did, they wouldn’t chew up your shoes. They wouldn’t chew on other things that aren’t toys. They would stay calm and trust that you can handle everything for the two of you, even when you’re not at home with them. And best of all, they would obey all of your commands at all times — and do so happily!
Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable one that can handle everything, and you’ll be able to make all of this happen. You win. Your shoes win. And obviously, your dog wins too because you’ll have freed them of all that stress and worry they’re currently lugging around their little shoulders 24/7.
Everyone’s better off. That’s great, right?
“Of course it is. So how do I do this then?”
You should watch an excellent free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this exact subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In his series, he explains everything you need to know in ways that are very easy to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately to the point so that you can start seeing these important changes in your dog in no time.
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 to your four-legged friend. Dan never uses those types of methods. That’s because loving teaching techniques are not just the right thing to do, they’re also the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.
I’m sure you’re ready to stop worrying about your dog destroying your shoes, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Best wishes, and thank you for reading our article on how to stop your dog from chewing on shoes.