Why does my dog get in the trash and chew my shoes?!?

United States
May 28, 2009 11:58am CST
This annoys me! I have a 3 year old Pitbull. She is very well behaved and for the most part she stays ot of trouble. I have managed to train her well. However, there are 2 things that I have not been able to get her to stop doing. When I leave the house, sometimes I come home to a mess all over the floor from her getting into the trash can. Also, she knows how to open the door to let herself in the house. Sometimes when I let her out, she will sneak back in and sneak one of my shoes outside and chew it up. What I don't understand is that she KNOWS it is wrong because when I come home, before I even see the trash on the floor, I will know that she was in it because she will hide in the corner and shake out of fear. She pretty much tells on herself! So if she knows it is bad to tear up the trash and chew up my shoes,and she knows she will get in trouble for it..WHY ON EARTH DOES SHE STILL DO IT???? and how can I get her to stop!
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@ebook_freak (1515)
• India
29 May 09
I am a medical student. But I have learned this stuff of chewing up while I was studying ethology. I have a German Shepherd, but it has never done anything like this. You can train your dog too, but first we need to know the reasons... The first and foremost reason is that the dog simply is not getting adequate nutrition which it requires. My cousin, a vet had also told this to me. Make sure that your dog is getting enough nutrition, you can analyze it by doing nutritional tests with your vet. Chewing can become life threatening in pups and young dogs, so I think your 3 year old pitbull needs care.. I have heard that young dogs naturally chew a lot because they are still teething. So no worries if your dog is young. 'Young' can actually depend on the breed. I am no vet, so I don't know about pitbulls. Actually, in young ones, this activity helps enormously. Next problem for this relentless chewing and garbage browsing is anxiety and even loneliness. Dogs are social creatures like humans, you must keep them happy.I had learned this in my ethology classes To counter this, I guess you need some "Kong" type toys; or even a "Bite a Bone" might do. Pups must chew for healthy teeth, so it's better to give some toys for them to chew on... or you could also give some old shoe to play with. That'll fix it! Regards, Ajith.
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• United States
29 May 09
Thank you for the response. Yeah she is very attached to me and she gets upset when we leave for the day. I dont like leaving her outside all day though.
• India
30 May 09
Well, if she is very much attached to you, it would be the cause. When dog doesn't see the person it likes- especially, if the person is the only one it loves, it can lead to some sort of depression. It varies with breed. In case of German shepherds, it is not common. Pitbulls might find it depressing... I deeply suspect that it is the reason for chewing up. There is only one solution. You can send your dog to a temporary kennel- it is a king of 'Day-care' for dogs while the master is away at work. Once she interacts with other dogs and has fun, she will forget the idea of chewing up. If you are worried whether your dog might not love you gain, no. Dogs love their masters more than anything. She will only like the kennel while you are not around. When you return watch it run to you!! This is my guarantee. -Ajith.
• United States
30 May 09
This is definately something to think about, she probably does get depressed when I am gone. It really is nice to know that I am loved so much. I think that my dog loves me more than anyone else, lol. Thanks for responding.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
28 May 09
Dogs don't think of right or wrong, they just form habits and unless you spend many hours working with them or can make your shoes distasteful to her she will continue to try to chew them. There is nothing personal about this, she just wants to continue her habit. She may in fact be doing this out of love for you, your shoes smell of you and she just wants to be close to you.
• United States
28 May 09
Thanks for responding. It drives me nuts! I am so tired of buying new shoes all the time.
• United States
29 May 09
Hi Queen, I had to laugh thinking of your girl sitting in the corner shaking , scared she will get into trouble , too cute . I have 3 German Shepherds 2 of them will get into the trash or anything else they can reach that smells yummy to them if we are not home . My male I have never had that problem . My youngest Graci is almost a year old and she still takes my flip flops and leaves them in the yard , and has chewed on a few of my books . Some dogs chew up furniture and chew through doors and wood work so I figure I'm pretty lucky . Maybe I'm doing wrong , but I just put the trash can up when I leave , and if I can't find a flip flop or find a chewed book . All I do is say Graci Shame on you ! It don't really bother me much . I get so much joy out of these 3 that the bad little things they do , don't really bother me . I figure they are dogs, they are not perfect, like kids are not perfect . I would try putting up the trash can up when I leave ,and putting my shoes away . Maybe put down some toys and rawhides and see if she does better . I don't know , just my two cents... have fun with her , she sounds like a cutie !
• United States
29 May 09
Yeah that is usually what I do, but I need to find a way to get her to stop it.
@mermaidivy (15422)
• United States
29 May 09
My dog has never done that before until my hubby's dad ruined my dog... he fed him people's food and let him lick his flavored fingers after eating, basically, he just wants my dog likes him and follows him, what a j**k. Anyway, he has been doing that after what my hubby's dad did to him, always look for stuff from the rubbish bin, sniff it and waits next to it, all I could do is say NO loud and wag him a little bit so that he knows it is wrong. The other thing is he likes to grab my slippers too, I think he just wants my attention by doing that, also I tell him NO and give him his own toy so he knows what he should be playing with.
• United States
30 May 09
I hate when people do that!
@rosekiss (28274)
• Eugene, Oregon
29 May 09
You are her master, so she feels obligated to chew on your shoes. Mu suggestion would be to spray them with a bitter apple as dogs don't like it at all. The only thing aout it is, it doesn't last very long, but it might just last long enough, she will leave them alone. You need to be consistent with her as it will only confuse her if you continue to let her chew on them. My dogs will pick up my slippers, but right away I correct the bad behavior and they walk away from them. Oh, they will try it again later, and I do the same thing again. If you are consistent long enough, the dog will get the message that she isn't supposed to touch your shoes. Andou need to break her from getting into the trash too. You might start by putting it up where she can't reach it while ou are gone. See if that works. Then slowly put it back down, and see what she does. She might eventually realize that she isn't totouch it and will leave it alone. I am not an authority, but I would try these things nad see what happens. Well, good luck with you dog, and happy mylotting.
• United States
29 May 09
well, she doesn't do it all the time. Just once in awhile she will get into things.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
29 May 09
Chewing and garbage checking is a sign of anxiety. Your dog learned how to open the door simply because is checking for companion. Chewing on shoes can be stopped by introducing chewable toys, that I believe Pitbull needs very badly. Please don't yell on the dog. Your dog is shaking in the corner, because it is afraid to be punished.
@smileonstar (4016)
• United States
29 May 09
Hi, I used to have dogs too but not a pitbull. Most of my dogs ate my shoes and I can't find the way to stop them. So, I bought some balls or toys for them and then they cut down a little bit from chewing my shoes... About trash is their habit, they love messy not like cat. They will dig out the trash or dig out your dirt if you let them outside for too long. However, you dog might be bored... or need some other to play with while you are out. So, if you are interest to have another one then it might help.