Puppy Ate a Sock

My puppy keeps eating socks! What do I do to get her to stop?

By kayla from MA

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December 29, 20100 found this helpful
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They have bitter apple spray you can buy at any pet store. Heavily spray on an old sock with it. The taste should turn the puppy off to the sock. Or, take away the sock, say, "No!" and then give your puppy a rope toy while saying "Good boy/girl.

If your puppy continues to eat socks he/she can die of an obstruct. If the behavior is not corrected now you will have a dog that continues the same behavior. Your best bet is to make sure when the puppy is out you are watching him/her and that the floor is clean of everything but puppy safe toys. I highly recommend Kongs or nylabones. Good luck!

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December 30, 20100 found this helpful
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Not meaning to sound sarcastic in the least, but all you can do is keep the socks out of reach. Dogs are naturally attracted to all the scents we humans think nasty in dirty socks (and shoes) and once a pup begins a sock or shoe fetish I've yet to find a solution short of putting all the shoes and socks safely away. They eventually even go after the clean ones, too. Hoping to find similar odors, I presume?

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Since I do have experience in this area, (thanks to my oldest dog) an important question to ask: Is the dog pooping the socks or are they still in her system? If you haven't found them in poop piles, you need to contact your vet, ASAP. This kind of obstruction could indeed cause the painful death of your dog.

I know a lot of people swear by the bitter apple spray, but it never worked for our dogs in any circumstance. Again, the only solution that worked to cure our sock eater was to keep the dirty socks in hampers with lids (in closets with closed doors) and the clean ones safely tucked in drawers.

Again, please contact your vet if your dog has not eliminated the socks she consumed. Good luck.

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January 3, 20110 found this helpful
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Please keep everything except your animals own food out of their reach. If not be prepared to write your veterinarian a huge check.

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December 29, 20100 found this helpful

Boy, she is taking a big chance of having it obstruct the intestines and you are looking at a major surgery bill. I'd hide all the socks for the time being. It could be an expensive puppy sitting bill.

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January 3, 20110 found this helpful

Not trying to be mean but common sense dictates that you simply keep the socks where your puppy can't get to them. Instead of taking them off and leaving them on the floor just put them in the dirty clothes basket that is kept in a closet or locked room. If they are not dirty keep them on top of/or in a dresser drawer.

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I also concur that if the puppy has not pooped the sock pieces out that you need to call a vet ASAP!

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