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    Default Why Do Dogs Eat Things They Shouldn't?

    Been watching a couple of animal shows on t.v and they have shown surgery of items being removed from dogs.
    I can see how a dog gets into trouble when he starts to eat his bed for example, he starts on a piece and just keeps chewing and swallowing and ends up with a large piece of material in his gut or intestine with a severe blockage.
    Also things like socks, bra's toys, tablets, remotes and the list goes on and on.
    So what draws them to eat them so to speak?

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    I think for adult dogs its attention. I have a puppy that is slowly eating its way through my underwear....... She doesnt swallow any of it just plays with it and destroys it.

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    Hi,

    Yes it has amazed me that dogs eat something they should not.
    I have never experienced (or detected) my dogs eating non edible items apart from eating too much.

    I am really curious about why some dogs do that.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    Neither of my dogs ever eat anything they arn't supposed too.
    But dogs do it, oh yes, they do.
    Just last week we got a Beagle mix in that had destroyed a pair of thongs.
    Education not Legislation

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    Lacey has destroyed my thongs too.

    Arghhh.

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    Some things feel good when you chew them - rubber thongs would be in this category - along with tennis balls - they kind of bounce when you chew so it feels good. Same reason as some people chew gum.

    Eating debris like discarded roast chicken bones - that one is obvious... for generations dogs lived on what they could get from scraps - and those that ate something that disagreed lived shorter lives or died. Natural Selection. Now that we're quicker to get dogs with sensitive tummys to the vet - more of them live and more of them pass on their genes.

    Furniture and clothing - mostly because it smells good and feels nice to chew. I try to have available a bunch of dead shoes or sox etc that are for the dog. Some people think their dog won't know the difference between your shoe and their shoe but I think mine knows perfectly well. She always asks permission before she eats my ugg boot and it only gets eaten if I haven't been paying attention eg letting her keep the ugg boot is permission as far as she's concerned.

    I still have enough ugg boot left to keep my feet warm though.

    PS above opinion is based on observing my dog and other dogs over the years.

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    My rescue dog eats socks well just swallows them!I have warned my children that he could get really ill and they are a lot better at not leaving them around.Now I have only to train my husband!

    I have never had a staffy before and don't know if it is the type of thing they do or just my dog.He is so quick though he can spot an odd sock a mile off,he is good with other things though and will drop them when told.

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    I used to have a rottie Bruno & he had to be opened twice & tubed & emptied 3 times.
    He would eat, balls, hair bands, buttons, toys, undies(a fave), a whole medium sized kong & many I have forgotten.
    We would have to keep everything spotless for the dog, lol...
    The kong was the last straw after that if not supervised he had to be penned to stop him swallowing anything.

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    My mum wears one blue sock and one white sock to golf - cos Frosty ate one of each pair... Mum would leave them in the golf shoes by the back door and they smell so gooood...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    My mum wears one blue sock and one white sock to golf - cos Frosty ate one of each pair... Mum would leave them in the golf shoes by the back door and they smell so gooood...
    lol

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