When you're feeling hungry, nothing hits the spot quite like a juicy, delicious old sock. Well no, actually that sounds awful, but not if you're a pup with a sock fetish. These canines come in all shapes and sizes but they share one thing; their undying love for munching on dirty socks.If you're the lucky owner of one of these doggos, you've likely lost many a foot glove to your pilfering roommate. Some dogs simply suck on their victims, while others chew holes or scarf the entire sock down. But here's the problem with the latter. Other than the obvious inconvenience that a sock destroyer can cause you, the habit is actually really dangerous!
Many a mutt has been unable to resist the temptation of a helpless sock on the floor. Some will even go searching for their favorite treat, breaking into closets and scouring through clothes hampers. But the reality is, if your pooch swallows even part of a sock, they could be in danger of having an intestinal blockage.When the intestines become blocked or twisted, nothing can get through. This is bad news for the dog, as the backup will start to cause serious pain and even vomiting. If the pup doesn't get to a vet in time, things get much worse. An untreated blockage can actually kill a dog! And even if you do get help in time, you're looking at major emergency surgery and a big, fat vet bill.
So, now that you now just how dangerous sock-eating is, how do you stop it? The first thing that you need to do is prepare for the task at hand. You're going to have to train your dog to give up socks - for good! Try to come to the table with the following:
Baby Gates or a Crate: This way you can create a safe space for your furry friend whenever you can't give them 100% of your attention.
Treats: Sock eating often has to be trained out of your dog. Treats make the training process much easier (and yummier).
A Muzzle: Don't worry! It doesn't have to be scary looking. Lots of muzzles on the market are comfy and help stop your mutt from sneaking socks.
Something that Tastes Bad: You might like the taste of Tabasco, but your dog sure doesn't. Hot sauce or bitter-spray will work for the training ahead.
You might not love the idea of spending all of this money on sock-ingestion prevention, but the total cost of all of the above is way less than an emergency vet bill! Also, it should be noted that Labradors are by far the worst offenders of this problem. They're well known for having the ability to eat almost any item in existence.Below are some of the best methods for stopping a sock-eater in his tracks.
My dog wont stop swallowing socks. He does it so quick there isnt anytime for drop it
Hello Eleana, In addition to keeping socks picked up I suggest teaching a strict avoidance of socks in general. Since this is such a dangerous behavior that could result in a blockage I suggest hiring a professional trainer who is very experienced with e-collar that use stimulation. Use a high quality collar with a lot of adjustable levels and have the truck do avoidance training with him around the socks to teach him not to touch or approach them (removing the temptation to eat them). Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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