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Why do Dogs like to get Your Slippers

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Winnie sleeps wrapped around Ed's arm.

Winnie sleeps wrapped around Ed's arm.

I once had a Japanese Spitz named LuckyHappy who always stayed outdoors because as a boy dog, he liked to leave his scent everywhere. Lucky Happy had his own, enclosed space which kept him safe from the rain and where there was a cool wind in the summer. But one day my maid told me something peculiar – LuckyHappy liked to sleep on their slippers.

I found that odd. The maid’s home was in the back, beyond LuckyHappy’s space. But since he was usually outdoors when the maid would wash the clothes or iron, he felt very close to her. Before she would enter her home she liked to leave her slippers outside, and in the early summer mornings she would find Lucky sleeping on them.

Chewing on people’s clothes

Chewing on your clothes would be more natural if your dog is a puppy, according to Daily Puppy. A pup tends to chew on your clothes, especially your dirty clothes, because it has your scent. The pup will especially do this if it is left alone in the house, as a way to comfort himself. You may come home with all your clothes outside of your hamper.

Grown up dogs won’t chew your things, but will enjoy cuddling on anything that has your smell. At night I let Mocha Barney sleep on the dress I had worn that day, even if it’s all sweaty. Mocha likes it.

According to the book, Nanaginip ba ang Aso? (Do Dogs Dream) by Onayd Lumbao, A dog’s nose is its most powerful asset, and it investigates everything through its nose.

In fact, while the human nose has five million scent receptors, a dog’s nose has 220 million. So in a way, a dog’s nose is it’s “superpower” from a human point of view. For the dog, it’s his way of understanding and studying his world.

Lumbao says that when a dog is browsing through your dirty laundry in your absence, it’s akin to humans browsing through a photo album when they miss a family member. It’s a way for the dog to keep himself company.

One way to deal with this is to make sure your dog has enough daily activity. Get him interesting toys like a kong where the dog has to struggle to get treats out of it. Also, don’t forget to give your dog daily walks. However, it’s also okay to give the dog something with your scent that isn’t expensive and that you can live without and let the dog sleep on it.

A Dog that was a Hoarder

Cesar Milan’s blog talks about a family that consulted him because they had a six-month old Golden Retriever that was a hoarder. The dog had plenty of toys, but he tended to get all sorts of things from the house and put them in his cage – hats, dish towels, a shoe, medicine vials, newspapers and other things.

The dog would grab these things when people weren’t looking. He’d get them from counter tops, or wherever the objects were, then stealthily bring them to his crate.

What was Cesar Milan’s diagnosis? He figured that the dog was probably observing his humans during the day and seeing what they do, and what they touch. So getting things and bringing them to his crate were fulfill two of his needs. First: A retriever needs to retrieve things. That’s how they help people. Second: The dog is retrieving things that remind him of his human and keeping them in his crate, his space.

Milan’s advice: If your dog is a hoarder, give him a job. Does he get daily walks? He may also need to get into dog agility and search and rescue training. Or, he could be trained to be a therapy dog.

Here's a video of a dog that prefers slippers to toys.

Dog attacks raccoon slippers

Comments

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez (author) from Philippines on July 03, 2020:

Hi SP, it's very nice to hear from you and I appreciate your visit. You know, our dogs are old now so they sleep on the floor. They have dog beds but sometimes they prefer the floor. That's when I see a slipper with one of them. They keep it close so when I look for my slippers I have one in place and the other I have to look for.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on June 28, 2020:

I have heard of dogs smelling or chewing people's slippers before and I always wondered why they did it, now I know. It's always interesting to hear other people tell stories of their pets because each one is so different. Nice article.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez (author) from Philippines on September 27, 2019:

Thank you for visiting, Shaloo. Your pug doubtless is most attached to you and loves you so much. Dogs make this world a better place:)

Shaloo Walia from India on September 26, 2019:

Interesting. My nine years old pug likes to sleep on our slippers. Now I know why.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez (author) from Philippines on March 23, 2014:

Thank you for the visit, Knowledge Seeker. Glad you enjoyed the hub:)

knowledge-seeker on March 21, 2014:

enjoyed the reading and learning about your experience regarding the dogs' behaviour. nice hub, thanks for sharing the info.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez (author) from Philippines on March 10, 2014:

Yes, DDE, and very loving, too.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 10, 2014:

I enjoyed reading about dog's behaviors with slippers you certainly got me reading on. Dogs are beautiful and so intelligent.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez (author) from Philippines on February 28, 2014:

Thanks Pamela Kinnaird W. I LOVE the video. The little girl is so cute I keep watching it over and over.

Pamela Dapples from Just Arizona Now on February 26, 2014:

Very interesting and I enjoyed some of your expressions. Cute video, too.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez (author) from Philippines on February 23, 2014:

Flourish Anyway, I'm glad to know that you liked the piece. Interesting comment about cats, didn't know they have the same tendencies too.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 23, 2014:

Good facts and an endearing story. I don't have dogs, but my cats like to seek out things with my scent on them (e.g., dirty clothes, my coat). Voted up and more.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez (author) from Philippines on December 23, 2013:

Thank you Passionate 77, for stopping by to visit and to take time to read this. Glad you enjoyed it:)

passionate77 on December 22, 2013:

nice sharing with some interesting facts, enjoyed reading. blessings!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez (author) from Philippines on December 19, 2013:

Dzy MsLizzy, That is a very keen observation of the video! It's true, in the end she adjusts to the feisty puppy and makes the slippper a tug of war toy, which seems to be the puppy's favorite game. I must tell you though, that I think it is soooo cute and the girl is adorable. I must have watched this a million times.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez (author) from Philippines on December 18, 2013:

Yes Alexadry, a second benefit, come to think of it:)

Adrienne Farricelli on December 18, 2013:

And the big plus is that their always warm!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on December 17, 2013:

Most enjoyable article. Yes, dogs do want to keep your scent nearby at all times. Take heart, though; if they're only sleeping on your slippers, they've kept them nice and warm for you. ;-)

The problem the little girl in the video is having, however, is somewhat different. While the dog may be attracted initially to her scent, by her actions, she is in effect, teaching the puppy that slippers ARE toys, and that his behavior is acceptable. (And that's my "Caesar Milan" moment.")

Voted up, useful, interesting, pinned and shared.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez (author) from Philippines on December 17, 2013:

Thank you, Ms. Dora for your kind words. You are always so positive and encouraging and that is deeply appreciated:). Ms. Alexandry, that is a nice, positive way of looking at it! So much easier when a nice dog protects BOTH slippers so you don't have to go looking for one, then the other.

Adrienne Farricelli on December 16, 2013:

My dog won't steal my slippers but she'll always sleep on them. The good thing is that I always know where my slippers are!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 05, 2013:

Very amusing stories about the dogs! The information about the scent receptors is also interesting. Good read and Useful.