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Why do Dogs like to get Your Slippers

Updated on December 21, 2015
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Mona writes a column for Enrich Magazine which is distributed in five countries. She is interested in learning as she writes.

Winnie sleeps wrapped around Ed's arm.
Winnie sleeps wrapped around Ed's arm. | Source

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

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

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

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      knowledge-seeker 3 years ago

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

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Yes, DDE, and very loving, too.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

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

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona

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

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

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

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      passionate77 3 years ago

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

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      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.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

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

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      And the big plus is that their always warm!

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      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.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      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.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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