Why do dogs like socks?

Do you have a four-legged sock thief in your home? Do clothes mysteriously go missing, only to show up in your dog’s bed with other items of their um…. personal collection? Like a collector of fine art, our canine friends have a serious eye (and nose) for some of our most intimate items. Shoes, socks, underwear… your dog doesn’t care and is likely to steal them regardless! So, why do dogs like socks so much? What mysterious forces are behind this obsession? Get your reading shoes on, because we’re going on a journey through the top 5 reasons why dogs love socks. And for more insights, check out these 6 facts about your dog’s behaviors.

5 reasons why dogs love socks

No, socks are not a part of a healthy dog diet. If your dog steals socks, they’re most likely not trying to actually eat them. So then what is your furry friend doing? Here are the main reasons why dogs love socks:

  1. Chewing – it feels good!
  2. They’re just bored
  3. They love you
  4. You leave things lying around
  5. Separation anxiety

Chewing – it feels good!

Your dog doesn’t steal or eat socks because of hunger, but because… it feels good. For puppies, chewing is part of the teething process, whereas for most grown-up dogs, the action of chewing on a sock is as irresistible as chewing gum is for humans.



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