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Dog eats socks

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My girlfriend and her sister have a dog and my heart breaks every time I am there because they keep her outside, never ever take her for walks and only feed her once a day at night.
She isn't allowed inside because she eats socks and they had to get an expensive operation on her so that she was better again and do not want to have to pay for another one.
I take her for walks myself as much as possible but I can tell when its night time she is so cold and she whimpers and scratches on the door. I really want for her to be allowed inside again but I don't know how to go about getting her to not eat socks, it would be difficult confining her to the laundry or something because she is always so erratic and crazy when you spend time with her due to her never getting walked or any attention. (Apart from when I am around)
Please help and suggest ways I can get her to not eat socks because it really breaks my heart and she is so lonely! :(
Thank you! Any advice is appreciated.
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Yeah, that's heartbreaking to hear! Thank you for trying to make her life better!

Like Cookieface said - it would be a lot easier to pick up the socks rather than train her not to go into them.

I would introduce a positive interrupter noise and proof it with her and you could use that if you see her go towards a sock and then when you have her attention after the PI noise, you can redirect her with a toy and praise her for playing with that toy.

My boy Shadow used to try to hump my other boy Brutus every 5 minutes it seemed and this is the only thing that worked for me. Once in a very blue moon he will look like he is about to do it and I do the PI noise to redirect his attention away from it. Works smoothly every time!

Here is a link to the video (kikopup) I love her -

It might also help her if she were given more mental exercise too.

Teach the 3 cup game, walk the plank, buy a hula hoop at the dollar store and teach her to go through, "find it" game, etc.

You can scroll through the videos and see what you can find there, she has plenty of awesome videos!

Again - thank you for trying to help this poor girl!

I wish you the best of luck with her and don't hesitate to post any wuestions you might have!

P.S. You mentioned that night time she was cold and scratching at the door - does she not have appropriate shelter at least? :(
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