If you’re a dog owner you’ve probably encountered this embarrassing and problematic scenario:
You and your friends are gathered around the kitchen table, couch or sitting area, enjoying a lively discussion or perhaps enjoying a TV show or music together. Everyone is laughing and having an overall good time. Suddenly, Fido saunters into the room with his or her exciting new “toy” he just managed to find… in your laundry hamper. Much to your chagrin and the horror and amusement of your friends, your dirty underwear is dropped into the center of the floor for all to see.
While this is the humorous version of the scenario, eating underwear, socks and other laundry items can also pose major health risks for your pet. Clothing can become lodged in your dog’s stomach or intestines, creating a potentially life-threatening medical emergency. Training your dog to not eat underwear, therefore, is a critical task for any concerned dog owner.
How can I stop my dog from eating underwear?
Hello Natalie, Check out the article linked below on chewing in general. I suggest a combination of practicing Leave It when you are there, booby trapping the underwear (an old pair) by soaking it in something like white vinegar and letting it dry - so it tastes bad, and keeping pup confined and non-booby trapped underwear picked up when you aren't ready to be actively training with Leave It and booby trapped underwear. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-not-to-chew/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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