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I remember when Cassie was in this stage. Very mouthy, to the point where it concerned me. And, she wouldn't listen to a thing I'd say. Very frustrating!! It's hard to accept, but patience is key. It will get better. She will learn...................... eventually. Sometimes it just takes a LOT of repetition.
I'm wondering if she's teething, and that's why she wants to chew so much. Going after socks may mean that she wants some soft plush toys to chew on? Dogs do like a variety of chew toys. (Keep in mind when you get chew toys for her - certain chewing products are only for puppy teeth, and others are only for adult teeth.) There are also special teething toys available. You take them, and put them in the freezer overnight. Then, she can chew on the cold and it feels good.
Also... dogs only know "right now"... so discipline or scolding a dog after the fact does nothing. You have to catch them in the act. The best way to get them to stop bad behavior though is through positive reinforcement when they do the opposite. So, when you catch her chewing on a sock, a firm "No!" followed by quickly replacing it with a proper chew toy and a "Good girl!" Or, when they stop being mouthy, some praise as well. It'll take a bit, but they eventually realize they'll get the praise and love when they behave.