The Smell of the Foot


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I'm questioning myself where to write this topic, here or in the off topic section. I chose to write it here because it has more to do with the training of puppies.

So, does the smell of the foot attract puppies to gnaw and bite on footwears? Sandals, slippers, or shoes, puppies loved to use them when their growing teeth wanted to chew onto something.
Puppies chew for a variety of reasons. They chew because they're teething, bored, or anxious, for instance.

If you catch your dog chewing on your shoes, sandals, slippers, etc., stop him or her with a verbal command or loud noise. Then, provide him or her with an appropriate chew toy, and when he or she begins to chew on that, praise him or her for doing so.

I hope this helps some. Dogs chewing things up is certainly frustrating, but with patience and training, you can teach your dog to chew on appropriate toys instead of your things.
Teething makes them want to bite on anything near them while for older dogs, it can be a way of killing boredom and/or relieving mild anxiety. Interestingly, it has also been said that this is nature's way of keeping the teeth clean and strengthening their teeth, in the case of the older ones.
Thanks for the answers. Trying to think about this, I guess it is not the smell of the foot that encourages puppies to chew on footwear, but the material of the footwear that attracts puppies to chew on them.