Q: How do I stop my dog from chewing shoes?

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1 answer | Expired: 2039 days ago

Mary T.

How can I stop my dog from chewing shoes? I heard about tying a chewed shoe around his neck, in shame, but that sounds a little barbaric.

Chosen Answer

That method of stopping your dog from chewing shoes may not be “barbaric,” but usually not effective. (You may be confused with the old farmer’s tactic — tying a dead chicken on the neck of the dog that killed it and that didn’t always work either.)

For habitual shoe-chewers, shame has nothing to do with it. They know they’ve done wrong, but the next time opportunity presents itself temptation is too much to resist.

If you can’t keep shoes out of reach, make them distasteful to the dog. Non-toxic sprays, such as Bitter Apple, are available in pet supply stores — to take the enjoyment out of chewing things dogs shouldn’t.

Re-spray tempting items frequently and hope your dog grows out of the habit.

Thanks to the vets at BluePearl Veterinary Partners (bluepearlvet.com) for this answer.

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