Always running with my shoes or slippers

Submitted by RachelAltner on Mon, 02/14/2011 - 21:16
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Maddy is always taking my shoes or slippers (almost always slippers) and will run around the house with one of them.  The trainer has helped stop the behavior, but I am having problems preventing it.  It seems that I am reacting to her doing this, but how can I eliminate this behavior for good?  This almost always happens before I go to bed or when I get up for work.  She is exercised (or at least walked) every day so I don't think it's restless energy.  Does anyone have any ideas?  Also, the overwhelming majority of the time she goes after my shoes/slippers, but she seems to leave my husband's alone.  Is this her tyring to be "alpha female"? It seems to be in the house where she exhibits this behavior.  When we are outside walking, or in the park running, she is very obedient with me.