Here’s Why Your Dog Keeps Eating Your Underwear

That simple act is pretty much a ploy by your dog to get your attention.

By: rusty_clark
Some dogs think your favorite pair of underwear makes a tasty snack. By: rusty_clark

As I sit engrossed in a classic movie, I hear my dog making some weird noises. I put the movie on pause so I can find out what is going on in the next room.

As I enter the bathroom and look down at the dog, I wonder, “Why does my dog chew my underwear?”

I’m sure many dog owners have this question, although most will keep it to themselves, in lieu of seeming crazy to anyone they might ask.

According to the book Dog: The Complete Guide, dogs are keen to hold on to something that draws attention to them. As puppies, they are like toddlers, picking things up and chewing on them. Puppies like to “steal” things to get your immediate attention. Once they have that attention, it is up to you how to deal with the steal.

If you make too much fuss about it, the puppy will repeat this act the next time he wants attention.

  • One way to control your dog’s underwear chewing is to keep the underwear picked up and placed in a hamper with a lid.
  • Giving the dog something he can chew will help. Reward him for chewing on the right things.

Dogs are drawn to the odors of their human companions, and chewing brings out the smells the dog is interested in.

I scold my dog, pick up my chewed-up underwear and toss them in the trash. Then I head back to the den to watch my movie. But — guess what? I got so wrapped up in my ongoing episode of “Why Does My Dog Chew My Underwear?” that I forgot how the movie had even begun!

So to end this, my advice would be:

  1. Buy a hamper with a lid.
  2. Buy several chew toys.
  3. Always stay stocked in underwear.

Just remember, your dog is family. What’s the price of underwear in comparison to a lifelong friend who loves you so much that he hunts down things that smell of you just to get that feeling of closeness?

Movies can be rewatched, underwear can be purchased, but there’s no replacement for the love and devotion of your dog.

Gayle Hickman

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Gayle Hickman has been researching and writing about pet behaviors since 2011. In addition to Petful, her articles have appeared on Reader's Digest, Yahoo Shine and WebVet, to name a few.

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