Maybe your dryer has the dog's best interest in mind when it leaves you with just 1 sock from each pair. Here are a couple of dog- and Earth-friendly ways to put those loners to good use!
For little dogs like my Minnow, a generous-sized sock makes a comfy sweater. Just cut off the toe and add holes for the front legs. Larger dogs with an ironic fashion sense could give a leg-warmer a try.
Old Sock Chew Toy
I got the idea for this easy to make, free chew toy from my dog-loving friend Katya Friedman. Use it to change your canine's routine, keep her busy, and let her work hard for her treats!
- An old sock -- the longer the better (no hose or thin nylon trouser socks, as these can be dangerous if swallowed)
- Dog treats
- Put a treat at the bottom of the sock, then tie a LOOSE knot just above it. (You want your dog to be able to untie it, eventually.)
- Put another treat above the knot, and then tie another loose knot.
- If you still have fabric to work with, repeat one more time.
Hint: The smellier the treat you use, the more enticed she will be to undo those knots and stay focused on getting her treats. Just remember not to use the socks you’ll need to wear tomorrow!
And as always, supervise your pup and remove any shreds that may pose a hazard if ingested.
Dr. Pia Salk