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    G'day this is my first post here and probably not my last.
    i have a 3 month old staffy cross ridgeback pup who is a bundle of energy.
    the problem is he has a fetish for socks and manages to get his paws on one at any given time. he knows he is not aloud to play with them and when told off he will run off in a cheeky little prance and play keepings off with me behind the coffee table.
    when i do manage to get the sock off him he will immediately go for my hands or feet and bite them, when i tell him off for this he then start to do frenzied laps of the house with his tail down and his ears back.
    i was hoping for any tips on how to deal with this because he is a well behaved dog when on walks or outside with me, but inside the house he turns destructive and disobedient. at the moment i put him outside when he starts doing this but he just howls and scratches the door.
    any advice would be appreciated.
    thanks

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    Hello and Bluey,
    I'm no expert, But from what i read i think your puppy think's it's game . I would hide all socks untill the habit is gone.

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    You've found what I think is every puppies favourite game.

    From his point of view it's

    "I'll grab this, they will chase me and we will have a great time"

    Instead of chasing, try ignoring the behavoir

    Try trading the sock for a treat or another toy - who knows you may end up with a laundry collecting dog!!

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    I wouldn't mind laundry collecting dog

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    I want one that washes and irons too

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    guess im going to have to get a sock draw.
    i was more concernd with how he reacts when i tell him off with a stern no.

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    I would call that reaction a positive. It means your pup doesn't understand cruelty and has a strong nature. He will be a handful, but will be heaps of fun too if you do some training with him to use his brain

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    Ok...My pup Lola has a sock fetish too.
    I make sure there is no socks around and that the laundry door is always closed. If she does ever manage to get one ( not often), she does not chew it or want to be chased, she just runs around flicking it up in the air. When she sees me coming, she lays on it.
    In regards to the biting, i don't have that problem, i thinks that it's because since day one i'd take toys, bones etc out of her mouth and get her to wait for me to give it back, I then taught her to drop. That would be my suggestion. Teach 'drop'. Provide lots of toys inside and out .
    Good luck!

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    Bluey,
    What's your cheeky puppy's name? Do you have picture's of him to share?

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