Shoe Chewing Mutt

Our puppy Sam has passed from the sweet and adorable stage (yes, I do have pictures of that sweet week or so, but I don’t seem to have access to them right now…stay tuned!) to the naughty monster stage.  He wants to play constantly and eat everything.  Well…maybe not everything…he’s not all that into playing with the huge collection of toys he seems to be acquiring. 

Sam runs off before we even notice, grabs something from another room and brings it back into the family room to chew on.  Honestly, there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to what he grabs. It can be anything from a forgotten sock, a hair clip, a cat toy or as I just took away from him, an olive.  (An olive? Eww gross!)  His very, very favorite chew toy, however, is a shoe. 

There is something about a smelly old shoe that Sammy just finds irresistible.  If we aren’t careful, that seemingly innocent puppy will grab one of them by the laces and start eagerly chewing away.  We’ve gotten to be very careful about where we leave our shoes after we take them off.  Although, to be honest, Sam doesn’t always bother waiting until we’ve taken our shoes off.

I told our vet all about Sammy’s shoe fetish when I took him in for his second round of shots this afternoon.  She laughed as I told her about how he sneaks down to the landing and joyfully bounds up with his treasure.  (Or not…sometimes they are just too heavy for him and we find them abandoned halfway up the stairs) I mentioned that I was under the impression that the shoe-chewing mutt was just a stereotype.  She laughed as she squatted down to ruffle Sam’s head some more as she said she hadn’t heard of too many dogs actually doing that. 

Sam had scooted underneath her bent legs and our vet reached under to get him asking what he was doing under there.  I had to grin when she abruptly burst into laughter and said “Sonofagun…wouldn’t you know he’s chewing on my shoe!”. 

I guess we just have a stereotypical dog…

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18 Responses to Shoe Chewing Mutt

  1. Pamela says:

    I wonder if buying him a pair of his own stinky shoes would distract him..
    or would that just encourage him?

  2. Karen says:

    We went through the shoe-chewing stage — and the chewing of anything that vaguely smelled of any of the humans in the house. The dog trainer said it was the pup’s way of “sticking close to the pack.” Her solution was to have us get her a really long knotted chew thingy made of fabric. Then to tie it around the person who was supposed to be watching the puppy (since they need watching all the time). Then the dog would chew on the fabric while following us around. It did work, but not before the pup got ahold of my husband’s extremely expensive eyeglasses and chewed them to bits…

    • admin says:

      That might work…he really likes to chew fabric too…like my couches! Thank goodness for the crate! I’ll have to try the fabric chewy thing. Thanks for the idea.

  3. Jay says:

    When I was in college we had a puppy who loved to chew on shoes too. But, he REALLY loved the night he got a hold of my wallet. That leather must have been really tasty cause he chewed it up big time.

    Along with my student ID, my library card and a couple of other things in there.

  4. Amanda D says:

    And this is why I can’t have a puppy. If only they stayed in the cute, cute phase for more than a week. Good luck!

  5. Lynne says:

    Hey Susan, all puppies love shoes. If Sam needs more ideas on what’s fun to chew up that mommy and daddy don’t want him to have just have him get in touch with Bella. I’m sure she’s full of ideas.

    Be careful with fabric … if Sam swallows a hunk of fabric you may be in for surgery. I don’t let my dogs chew on anything fabric-y or ropey. They don’t get rawhide either. Some dogs/puppies eat socks too, and that is not something you want to deal with. Sometimes they pass them, but too often they end up twisted up in the stomach or intestines. Maybe some puppy nylabones with knobby bits on it would deter him from going after the shoes. There are plenty of good chew toys for puppies on the market that don’t include ropes or fabric.

    Hey, this would have really been a great post if you had photo of Sam chewing away on a shoe! 😉 Where is that camera of yours, huh?

    (too pushy???) 🙂

    • admin says:

      Not rope? We’ve bought a few toys with rope as a main part of them. Huh…at least we know about rawhide.

      I tried to get photos of the monster, but he thought it would be great fun to run over and eat the camera!

  6. I know it won’t be too long before we’re ready for a puppy again–and I dread the shoe-chewing stage. We are definitely a barefoot family so there are shoes all over the place.

  7. Kathy Ariano says:

    I lost the most lovely Italian leather sandals to our dog, Buster years ago! I feel your pain!

  8. sinkuenta says:

    Congratulations on your new home!! I like it so much! All dogs go through this stage you mention but believe it or not, there will come a day when they stop doing it and you don’t even notice they are there. Happy new year!

  9. Hilary says:

    This sure makes kittens look easy by comparison. I’m sure he’ll outgrow it at some point. I hope your losses are minimal in the meantime.

  10. Funny! I don’t have any dogs right now (just five cats, who all have shoe fetishes), but you make me want one. I know that when they turn into “teenagers” they can be a handful … but when those big old eyes turn on you, brimming over with love, it’s enough to make you melt!

  11. Brandt! says:

    ahhh … just a little fyi … our golden is 4, and everyday at around 5:00pm, he will sneak into my son’s room and grab a sock. It’s like when the kids were little, and it was that dinner/bath time and they were so wired .. it just doesn’t stop!
    Have fun … hee, hee!!

  12. choochoo says:

    Pooch had a bit of a shoe obsession when she was little. It passed once she fell passionately in love with a leather winter boot. That destroyed her for all other shoes.