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04-01-2014 09:54 PM
selzer I think it is a security thing too.

Feet sweat. Possessing the shoe of a person that the dog is starting to feel safe with, kind of makes sense. I had a couple of bitch puppies that decided my left slippers were to be molested and ruined. They got three of them. Always the left one. What's up with that??? I mean, who cares if they match at home, but you can't wear two right slippers!

I also have a small bear that sits on my desk in my bedroom. It can be wound up and plays Jesus Loves Me. But the dogs don't know this. They just know it is mine. Every time I am house training a puppy, I start by keeping them in the room with me, and then I start letting them have my bedroom at night when I am sleeping.

So far, every one has taken the bear off my desk but none of them have eaten the bear. This is amazing because they can go through stuffed animals like nobody's business. But they all seem to have decided the little bear is not to be eaten.

One day some youngster is going to eat the bear. I know this. But it is pretty surprising that it has made this long.
04-01-2014 09:22 PM
cethlen1621 Good to hear. Yeah that's what I figured for our rescue too.

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03-24-2014 11:37 PM
Juliem24 Update on Rudy the rescue...he stopped stealing the footwear very shortly after my post. Never really had the opportunity to "train" him not to do it...I think it was a security thing. He just felt better after a while.
02-07-2014 08:34 AM
OriginalWacky Koshka used to take one of my slip-ons nearly every night, so I'd get out of bed and be all, "Koshka, where is my shoe?" nearly every morning. He was just taking it out to the kitchen and using it as a pillow, so I'm assuming he liked the smell of my feet? (Ew, lol.) Since the kitchen floor was cooler to lay on than our bedroom floor, I guess he wanted something that smelled like me with him out there. Or maybe he just wanted to make sure I couldn't sneak off without him, since he had my shoe.
02-06-2014 03:23 AM
middleofnowhere Gosh, it's a pup or "new to you" dog thing I think. Somewhere I read that they like things that smell strongly of humans. Shoes fit that bill.
02-06-2014 03:19 AM
cethlen1621 Our rescue has been guesstimated by the shelter as 5 years old, assumed to be used as breeding stock for the puppy mill he was rescued from. We got him about 3.5 months ago. I have found that he liked to "borrow" my slippers in the same way, not chewing, just mouthing them and only when we were gone or hitting the snooze button for a few extra zzzs if he wasn't telling us he needed to go out. He didn't steal my winter boots, but for a while did the mouthing, licking, sliming? thing to the fake fur trim as well. My slippers had fake fur trim too. Not sure if it maybe was a comfort thing, reminding him of the other dogs he was with or the puppies he created while he got used to us and this larger space or a texture thing or what, but I'd put my slippers in a drawer when not in use for ease after we let him know they weren't his and he hasn't mouthed my boot trim in at least a month now from what my boyfriend and I noticed so far. May have to test with the slippers again to see if he's over that. Probably good to remind your pup it's not theirs, but the behavior could possibly go away on it's own from what it seems like with us and at least one other on this thread. Keep an eye on the behavior and see what other's have experienced and suggest. I'd be glad to have any extra insight for us too.

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02-05-2014 11:06 PM
doggiedad you've never had a dog chew on things? you're lucky.
chewing on things isn't a breed issue. i find it's what
dogs do untill they're trained.

keep your shoes out of reach untill the dog is trained.

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Thank you for your input. I haven't had a GSD, and never saw that behavior in any of the other breeds I've had. I guess I made a false logic jump.
02-05-2014 10:56 PM
Juliem24
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i posted in your thread but i was referring to the OP.
i think any kind of chewing, counter surfing, scratching
the walls, destroying property is a training issue.
Thank you for your input. I haven't had a GSD, and never saw that behavior in any of the other breeds I've had. I guess I made a false logic jump.
02-05-2014 11:53 AM
doggiedad i posted in your thread but i was referring to the OP.
i think any kind of chewing, counter surfing, scratching
the walls, destroying property is a training issue.

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I didn't say she chewed on the shoes. She removed the laces.

She hasn't gone near them since with no training at all. I couldn't catch her doing it so I couldn't make a correction. She stopped on her own.
02-05-2014 09:09 AM
MichaelE I didn't say she chewed on the shoes. She removed the laces.

She hasn't gone near them since with no training at all. I couldn't catch her doing it so I couldn't make a correction. She stopped on her own.
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