As a dog owner you can definitely testify that dogs in general enjoy chewing on all sort of items. When it comes to bernedoodles they love to chew on socks and they only see it as a form of nuisance.
However, if somehow your dog chew and swallow your socks, then it could result in some serious and complicated medical issues. There are bernedoodles out there that make it a habit to chew on socks and even swallow them in some cases.
So, if you are experiencing this issue at home you may want to sort it as soon as possible before your little friend start to make it an habit. You may be asking yourself, what can i do to solve this issue? Well, the best way is to train your dog to not mess with socks even it us in their pathway.
Why Do Bernedoodles Eat Socks?
Boredom or to Get Attention
The reason behind your dog eating socks may be because they are experiencing boredom or just to simply get your attention.
If you try to pick up a sock from off the floor before your dog eat it, then they will think you are playing games with them and most dogs see this as rewarding. They will eventually realize that they are getting the attention that they want and will continue to take more socks and try to eat them whenever they can.
If this is the case you might want to train your dog not to eat socks since it can be harmful for them to do so.
Another issue is that your dog might see it as a form of resource guarding. In case like these your dog, your dog might see the socks as a valuable item to them, just like some of their toys and they are eager to keep it safe no matter what.
If your dog decide to guard the sock, you may notice some form of distance increasing behavior and this behavior is something that will discourage people or other dogs from coming near to them because they feel threatened in some sense.
It might be that your bernedoodle is suffering from a condition known as Pica. Pica is said to be a condition that causes dog to eat objects that should not be consumed. This can include things such as leaves, dirt, rocks and socks. The reason behind this rare condition is unknown, but it is said that behavioral disorders and digestive issues are link to it.
Your bernedoodle could be going through his teeth phase and this may be the reason why he’s chewing on your socks because during these stages dogs tend to explore everything with their mouth. It almost the same for us as humans, we try to do everything we can to occupy our mouth whenever we are experiencing teeth phase.
What Happens If Bernedoodles Eat Socks
If it’s a case where your dog have eat a sock, you can wait to see if he manages to pass it when having a bowel movement. However, the best and safest thing you can do in situations like this is to consult your vet in order to prevent serious issues from happening.
Your dog may start to experience common signs of internal blockage which includes loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, nausea and bowel movement.
Most of the times blockage symptoms may start to take effect within a couple of days or even weeks depending on how severe the blockage is – full or partial. Your dog might even start to experience severe dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities because of this blockage.
There’s no doubt that bernedoodles enjoys chewing on socks so if you leave your socks in their pathway they will indeed remove it for their own pleasure. Socks isn’t something that will cause any harm unless they eat it and there are some dogs who doesn’t know any better and end up doing just that. The thing is that eating socks can lead to internal blockage, which can eventually result in death in some cases.
This is why you should ensure that your dog doesn’t swallow your socks and if that’s the case you should visit your veterinarian immediately. Also, take the time out to train your dog not to eat socks to prevent them from doing so.