Tired of getting up in the morning to find your pup has turned yet another shoe into a new chew toy? Well, you're not alone. Thousands of dog families around the world face this same problem every day. Your shoes have a lot to offer your pup--they are a great thing for him to chew on and best of all, they smell just like you!. What you might not realize, is that your dog probably feels pretty guilty after destroying your shoe, after all, he really didn't mean to, he just wanted to chew on it a little. Of course, one of the easiest ways to do this is to make sure everyone puts their shoes away. The only problem with this is getting everyone in the house to cooperate.
The idea here is pretty simple, you want your dog to stop chewing on everyone's shoes. If you keep yelling at him, all you will do is make him more agitated than ever and most likely make the problem worse. Try instead to identify the reason your pup is chewing in the first place. There are three common reasons why most dogs chew, they are teething, they are bored, or they are anxious about something. Once you know why he is chewing, you can determine the right way to train him not to. Bear in mind, the only time you should discipline your dog for chewing on your shoes is if you actually catch him in the act. Beyond this, you simply have to let him know that chewing on shoes is not an acceptable way for him to behave.
It doesn't take much to get started training your pup not to chew on shoes. However, you will need the cooperation of everyone in the house. They need to work with you to keep their shoes put away where the dog cannot reach them during the training period. You are also going to need a decent supply of your pup's favorite treats and plenty of time and patience. Chewing is a natural behavior in young pups as they teethe. But, chewing on your shoes is never an acceptable behavior. The hardest part of this training is catching your pup in the act.