Just A quick post to beg some training advice.
Magnus is obsessed with shoes. I’m considering getting him professional help as he this obsession is now bordering on addiction.
No shoe is safe in our house. Several times a day he proudly prances in and presents me with a shoe dangling from his teeth by the shoe lace.
Want to kick off your shoes after work? Well he wants us to, so he can quickly grab one as his spoil. Want to leave your muddy shoe at the door on the mat to dry? Oh, he will be thrilled to drag that muddy shoe through the house trailing mud as he goes.
He has yet to ruin a shoe, he isn’t chewing them up, but rather thinks they are some kind of prey to sling around and shake to death by that convenient string laced through their neck.
So here is my question, can you train a dog to have his own shoe? Can I give him an old shoe, such as the one I have been watching him drag inside, outside and all around for the last hour, and let it be his? If I let one shoe be an acceptable toy am I setting myself up for a lifetime of shoe management and containment? Do all shoes have to be off limits, total shoe zen by default?
If it is possible to explain, “This ONE shoe is yours, but all the rest of the shoes are mine” how do I train that?
His joy over his shoe right now drives me to ask this crazy question and my faith in all of your expertise lets believe you will have an answer for me!