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Why Do Dogs Like Socks? — Find Out Why Your Dog Chews Socks

November 11, 2011 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Training and Behavior, Why Do Dogs Like Socks?

Find Out Why Dogs Eat Socks!

Find Out Why Dogs Eat Socks!

Wondering “Why do dogs like socks?”

Many dogs like to chew and play with socks; it’s a commonplace habit that drives many pet owners nuts! In fact, some dogs even learn how to get into the laundry hamper. And we’ve even heard a few instances of dogs pulling dirty socks off their owners feet! This has many dog owners wondering why their dog loves socks, especially smelly or dirty socks!

Canine Sock Love and The Dog’s Sense of Smell Compared to Humans

In short, it comes down to the dog’s sense of smell. A dog’s sense of smell, compared to a human’s, is 1,000 times to 10,000,000 times more powerful, depending upon the breed.

So what does this have to do with a dog’s love for dirty socks? Well, socks tend to smell like the person who wears them. That’s why some pets tend to prefer their owner’s socks over those belonging to other family members. The scent tends to be very strong, as your foot sweats during the day, and the sock absorbs scents from the places where you’ve walked. This adds greater appeal, as the sock smells like the dog’s favorite person and it creates an interesting scent map for the dog, relaying information about the places that you’ve visited while wearing the socks.



So for dogs, socks are interesting. They’re associated with strong and interesting smells and they carry the owner’s scent, which many dogs find comforting. Plus, they’re the perfect size for play! They’re just the right size for the dog to fling around, carry and chew.

Why Do Dogs Eat Socks?

Many dogs don’t just chew and play with socks; some like to eat them. This can be extremely dangerous. The dog can experience frequent and repeated vomiting and even intestinal obstructions, which occur when the sock gets stuck in the dog’s intestinal tract. Life-saving surgery may be required to remove the sock!

Dogs eat socks for the same reason they play with them — they smell good to the dog and they’re a convenient size. Some dogs just get a bit carried away, so they eat the sock.

To prevent your dog from eating socks, skip the laundry hamper and place your socks directly inside the washing machine after wear. And don’t leave clean socks laying around after they’ve been washed. Although they’re clean, some scent still remains and this scent will be detectable by dog breeds with a strong sense of smell. Therefore, some dogs may enjoy playing with clean socks too! So immediately fold your socks and place them inside a drawer.

How Can I Tell if My Dog Ate a Sock?

If you suspect your dog may have eaten a sock or another foreign object, look for the following symptoms:

  • Frequent and repeated vomiting (often, the dog cannot even keep down water)
  • Drinking copious amounts of water
  • Lack of bowel movements
  • Diarrhea
  • Distended abdomen
  • Painful abdomen
  • Dog won’t eat or drink
  • Pale gums
  • Depression and lethargy

If you observe these symptoms in your dog, take him to the veterinary clinic immediately for an assessment. The veterinarian will perform an exam and he/she will likely order x-rays, which will reveal whether the dog has eaten a sock or another foreign object.

For more information on how to tell if a dog is sick and to learn about other causes of a dog’s vomiting, visit The Sick Dog Blog Archives!

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Pet Coupon Update — Printable Coupons for Dog Food, Treats

July 05, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Cesar Coupons, Cesar Dog Treat Coupons, Pedigree Little Champions Coupons, Pet Coupons

Get Printable Coupons for Groceries, Including Pedigree Coupons for Dog Food!

Get Printable Coupons for Groceries, Including Pedigree Coupons for Dog Food!

Printable pet coupons are currently available, along with an array of other grocery coupons for Publix. The July 2010 offerings include Cesar and Pedigree coupons.

Printable Dog Food Coupons for July 2010

The following printable coupons for pet food and dog treats are among the grocery coupons that are available for the month of July at Publix:

  • Cesar Coupons for Dog Treats – Get a printable $1.00 coupon for Cesar dog treats. Good for any flavor or any size package.
  • Pedigree Coupons for Dog Food — Get a $3.00 coupon for Pedigree Little Champions multipacks.


Where to Get These and Other Printable Grocery Coupons

To print coupons for groceries, visit The Free Printable Coupon Website. You’ll also get information on the other available grocery coupons, which include:

  • Aleve coupons
  • Aveeno coupons for shampoo and conditioner
  • Listerine coupons
  • Huggies coupons for Little Swimmers diapers
  • L’Oreal coupons
  • Campbell’s Soup coupons
  • Oscar Mayer coupons
  • Starbucks coupons for ice cream
  • Truvia coupons
  • …and many more.

Click here to see the other available grocery coupons or to print these July 2010 coupons for Publix.

The Free Printable Coupon Website also serves as a directory to coupon codes, coupon clipping and coupons by mail, sale info and money saving tips.

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