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Why Does My Dog Steal My Underwear? 5 Reasons & FAQ

Written by: Cassidy Sutton

Last Updated on April 23, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Why Does My Dog Steal My Underwear? 5 Reasons & FAQ

Underwear isn’t usually expensive, but it can disappear fast when your dog gets a hold of it. Some pups are particularly fascinated with it, which is unfortunate since it can cause an obstruction if they consume it. If you’ve had to throw away a few pairs of undergarments recently, you’re probably wondering what to do about your dog and your dwindling underwear stash. Here are five likely reasons why your dog is stealing (and eating) your underwear.

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The 5 Reasons Your Dog Steals Your Underwear

1. Underwear Smell Like You

Oddly enough, stealing your underwear is a compliment from your dog. It has a particular, concentrated scent unique to you, and your dog likes it. It’s weird, but it’s a common behavior. Canines experience the world through their noses as we see it through our eyes. They enjoy the mental stimulation of discovering new scents.

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2. Stress and Anxiety

A highly anxious dog may target your underwear for relief. Since your underwear smells like you, your scent could comfort your dog and temporarily reduce their stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety are common in dogs, especially when they haven’t been properly socialized or suffered abuse. These pups were so used to always having us home that leaving for hours on end can be challenging.

3. Pica

Pica is a condition where dogs consume inedible items. Pica is rare in dogs, but it’s worth mentioning since items that carry the owner’s scent are a favorite for dogs with pica. It’s vital to visit your vet if you notice your dog frequently chewing on your underwear, socks, towels, and pantyhose.

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4. Boredom

It probably isn’t surprising to see boredom on the list of causes. Dogs have so much energy, and if they can’t release it with exercise, they can become bored and anxious. Since your dog is stealing your underwear, they may be bored and want something to chew on. The fact that your underwear smells like you is just a bonus.

5. Teething

If you have a puppy, they may be teething, and your underwear provides relief when they chew on it. Puppies have baby teeth that poke through when they’re around 3 weeks old and stay there until they’re about 3 months old. It’s crucial to provide appropriate chew toys to help them handle the teething process.

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Is It Dangerous for My Dog to Eat My Underwear?

Eating underwear can be dangerous for your dog, especially if it happens often. Objects like clothing can block your dog’s intestinal tract and require expensive, veterinary intervention.

Your vet can help you determine why your pup eats underwear and remove any pieces lodged in their gut. Sometimes, more invasive procedures like endoscopies and surgery are necessary, but some segments may get passed in their stool.

How to Stop Your Dog From Stealing Your Undies

Dog owners don’t want to deal with expensive vet bills. So, how do you stay out of the vet clinic and keep money in your wallet? It all comes down to preparedness. The best thing you can do is prevent your dog from accessing your clean clothes and keep your dirty clothes in the hamper. You may have to lock your hamper away in a separate room or closet.

When you leave the house, offer your dog plenty of chew toys and food puzzles to stay busy. Food is always a great way to distract your dog, and food puzzles help satisfy a dog’s instinct to forage and chew. Just make sure the chew toys are safe for your dog’s age, size, and breed.



Dogs like getting into anything and everything. Even when we do everything we can to prevent them from chewing on our personal belongings, they still find a way to get into the trash or, in this case, the laundry hamper. It’s frustrating, but keeping your dog busy with toys and snacks that won’t result in a trip to the vet is the right way to go.

We know it’s easy to throw the clothes on the floor and leave them there, but now it’s time for new habits to keep your dog safe. So, grab that laundry hamper, lock it up, and do everything you can to discourage your pup from stealing your undergarments.

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