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Posted by: Jenny van Rensburg | 2011/07/26

Licking dog

Dog licks us and furniture and carpets

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Hi Jenny, there are some medical problems that can cause the compulsive licking you have noted above and I would firstly advise having the dog checked out by your vet in order to eliminate any possibility of these.

Many dogs that are bored or frustrated seem to develop obsessive disorders at times. If all is well at the vet, increase the amount of daily exercise and ensure that the dog is occupied by leaving varied chew toys, put in a digging pit and make sure the dog is receiving sufficient human interaction.

Calling attention to the behaviour by way of moaning, shouting at the dog etc, will only serve to increase the likihood of this happening - rather distract the dog with a nice chew toy or game instead. thanks Scotty

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Posted by: Dog Behaviour Expert | 2011/07/26

Hi Jenny, there are some medical problems that can cause the compulsive licking you have noted above and I would firstly advise having the dog checked out by your vet in order to eliminate any possibility of these.

Many dogs that are bored or frustrated seem to develop obsessive disorders at times. If all is well at the vet, increase the amount of daily exercise and ensure that the dog is occupied by leaving varied chew toys, put in a digging pit and make sure the dog is receiving sufficient human interaction.

Calling attention to the behaviour by way of moaning, shouting at the dog etc, will only serve to increase the likihood of this happening - rather distract the dog with a nice chew toy or game instead. thanks Scotty

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