My Dog Keeps Chewing My Shoe Laces

By Pauline Gill

Shoelaces or shoes, your dog may love to chew on your personal items. If he loves shoelaces, it may be a cry for more play time or exercise. If he is younger than 6 months, he may need to soothe his irritated gums while he teethes. Reasons are important when figuring out how to stop your dog from chewing your shoelaces. Once you know why he is doing it, you can change his behavior.

Tip #1 - Determine what is causing your pup to chew your shoelaces. If you are shaking your leg, he is thinking it is play. Do your best to limit any additional temptation, while you are training him, that may prompt him to chew your shoelaces. If he is a teething puppy, he needs a frozen wet washcloth and chew toys to soothe his gums.

Tip #2 - Always provide your pup with acceptable items to chew. Hard rubber balls, squeaky toys and nylon bones are all items dogs love to chew. Don't give him discarded shoes with shoelaces or you will confuse him.

Tip #3 - Play with your pup and give him lots of exercise. Walk him twice a day. Toss a ball in the yard. Play hide and seek with him. If he plays hard, he will be less apt to chew your laces because you are expending his energy. If possible, play and walk with him at the same time/place each day so he learns the difference between appropriate and inappropriate playtime, play-places, and playthings.

Tip #4- Correct your dog. When he starts to chew your laces, tap him lightly on the neck or hindquarters. Say "no" in a firm voice, but do NOT shout as this could cause undue anxiety. Immediately redirect his attention by giving him one of his chew toys.

Tip #5 - Use a bitter spray deterrent on your shoelaces. It is available at all pet stores.

By Pauline Gill

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References
Cesar's Way: 5 Steps to Save Your Shoes From Your Chewing Canine
ASPCA: Destructive Chewing

About the Author
Pauline Gill is a retired teacher with more than 25 years of experience teaching English to high school students. She holds a bachelor's degree in language arts and a Master of Education degree. Gill is also an award-winning fiction author.