How to Get Dogs to Stop Chewing Shoe Laces

by Pauline Gill
Dogs need plenty of chew toys.

Dogs need plenty of chew toys.

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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.

Step 1

Determine what is causing your pup to chew your shoelaces. If you are shaking your leg, he is thinking it is play. If he is teething, he needs a frozen wet washcloth and chew toys to soothe his gums.

Step 2

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.

Step 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.

Step 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. Redirect his attention by giving him one of his chew toys.

Step 5

Use a spray on your shoelaces. Bitter spray is a deterrent dogs do not like to smell. It is available in pet stores. Spray it on your shoelaces.

Items You Will Need

  • Frozen wet washcloth
  • Chew toys
  • Hard rubber balls
  • Squeaky toys
  • Nylon bones
  • Bitter spray
  • Vinegar or lemon juice
  • Cotton balls

Tips

  • Use natural products to stop him from chewing your laces. Soak some cotton balls in vinegar or lemon juice. Place them near your shoes or rub a soaked cotton ball on your laces.
  • Praise him when he chooses to chew on his chew toys.

Warning

  • Don't yell or scold him. This can cause anxiety.

Photo Credits

  • Chris Amaral/Photodisc/Getty Images

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.

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