Why do Dogs like to get Your Slippers
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.