I've watched my dogs with old Crocs . . . I'd say Crocs are much less dangerous than a tennis ball. Some dogs will swallow much worse things than bits of spongy plastic. http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/2014-X-Ray-Contest-Winners/Because thats not a safe toy for them to chew on. They can swallow parts and could die.
A lot of the things you hear, especially about dogs, are not true. Dogs are quite capable of learning what items are "theirs" and what are not theirs. Apart from smell, I'm not sure that a dog sees a fundamental difference between a shoe and, say, a kong. Put it in the washing machine with some smelly soap and it won't come across as smelling like the owner's foot. I'm a mediocre dog trainer, but it's been no effort to teach my crew that my old shoes are available for chewing, while my active, newer shoes are no-go. And I'm irked by pressure to buy, buy, buy toys and a bunch of other crap for my dogs, when they are just as happy playing with and chewing up stuff that was on the way to the dump.I've always heard that you don't want to let a dog chew on real shoes or even toys that look like shoes because then your dog might chew on your real shoes. How is the dog to know the difference between the old, cheap pair you don't want anymore, and the new, expensive pair you are really attached to?
You can try coating your shoes with a bitter apple spray or other such taste deterrent. How old is your puppy? He'll probably learn not to chew your shoes soon.
It is still not safe.I've watched my dogs with old Crocs . . . I'd say Crocs are much less dangerous than a tennis ball. Some dogs will swallow much worse things than bits of spongy plastic. http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/2014-X-Ray-Contest-Winners/
Note the Dane who swallowed 43 1/2 socks.
In your opinion . . .you offer zero evidence. I can offer anecdotal evidence . . . which merits skepticism. You offer nothing.It is still not safe.
Wow, who peed in your cheerios?? Youre telling someone that its ok to give their dogs a shoe! Im pointing out how its not safe. Shoes are made for human feet, not dogs to chew on.In your opinion . . .you offer zero evidence. I can offer anecdotal evidence . . . which merits skepticism. You offer nothing.
I'd much rather see a dog chew on a croc than a commercial stuffed toy with a squeeker!
Crocs have a tough spongyness that seems to be very good for a teething pup . . . more attractive than the denser rubber of a kong. It's pretty hard to tear them, and most of the damage comes in pulling off small pieces (less than 1/2") which will pass easily when swallowed and present no hard edges that might puncture internal works.
While I wouldn't give a dog a Croc to chew one, mainly because I do happen to think it can be harder for them to distinguish between old and OK to chew Crocs vs new and not OK to chew Crocs than it is between a different shaped dog chew toy and a Croc shoe, I don't think the risk is all that much greater than with many commercial chew toys.Wow, who peed in your cheerios?? Youre telling someone that its ok to give their dogs a shoe! Im pointing out how its not safe. Shoes are made for human feet, not dogs to chew on.
Its not safe for several reasons- ITS SHOES. Shoes with dirt, poop, pee, spit, blood, germs, gas, water, food...general crap on them. Plus they are not made out of digestible or good materials. A Shoe string wrapping around something inside, Leather blocking their air way, etc.. Theres debate rawhide bones arent safe, why would you give your dog a shoe?!
so no, I wont sit here and give you articles and a dr degree to show you how dangerous it is. If YOU want to do it fine, but dont tell others its ok!