How to Stop Your Dog's Excessive Licking
If your dog licks excessively, you can easily stop this
behavior once you understand the root cause of his excessive licking.
In order to get to the bottom of this
mysterious and compulsive dog behavior you will want to look at two root causes of excessive licking
Medical- A dog that is excessively licking may be doing this because of a
medical condition such as a skin allergy, dry skin, irritation to the pads on his paws as a result of contact
with ice, snow or the salt on a road.
He may be having an allergic reaction to
cleaning fluids, a sensitivity to certain soaps or be in discomfort due to a more serious condition such as
canine arthritis, common in senior dogs.
It’s a good idea to take a visit with your
dog to the veterinarian to rule out any medical reason for his excessive licking. If there is a medical
condition, your vet will likely prescribe a simple remedy that will provide relief to your dog and stop your
dog’s excessive licking.
medical causes for excessive licking in dogs are most likely behaviorally based. Many dog trainers feel that the cause is anxiety. Your dog
may lick excessively so that someone will notice him, as a show of affection, or to give you a
That message in dog language can mean a number of things, such as
, I want to go for a walk, I love you, I wanna
play, I want food, I feel anxious, or I miss you and want you to come back. This last one manifests itself as
separation anxiety when you are not at home.
2 Ways to Stop Your Dog’s Excessive Licking Today
Once you identify the specific root cause of
your dog’s excessive anxiety you can take steps to stop it. Let’s use separation anxiety as an example. If you
conclude that your dog licks excessively when you leave the house, you can easily correct this
Start leaving he house for short intervals
without making a fuss when you leave. No announcements or good byes. Just leave and come back without fanfare in
5 minutes. Then repeat the process and extends it to 10 minutes.
Do it again, this time for 20 minutes, then
again for an hour. Before long you will be able to leave the house and return a few hours to several hours later
without your dog reacting by excessive licking.
Another simple technique you can use to stop
your dog’s excessive licking is to divert his attention. When he starts to lick his paws, your face, the floor
or anything at all, catch his attention and throw a ball for him to fetch. He’ll soon forget about licking
because he’s having more fun playing ball !.
Is your dog a world class licker? Is your
face his favorite licking spot? How about his paws, the furniture or his private areas? Whatever the cause, help is at hand.
You CAN stop your dog’s excessive licking.
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