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Dogs that lick enough will develop inflammation of the skin (dermatitis) in the overgroomed areas. Over time, the self-trauma inflicted by affected dogs progresses beyond dermatitis into a condition known as granuloma. Acral lick dermatitis, like most behavioral or psychogenic issues, is very difficult to treat, and consequently very frustrating for the owners of affected dogs. For instance, digging may seem like an obsessive behavior to us, but most dogs dig because it’s super fun for them and mentally stimulating. Digging would only become an obsessive behavior if your dog can’t seem to stop, and is digging to the point his feet and nails are bleeding.  This kind of digging is rare. Your dog’s tail chasing might be fun for him for a moment or two and you might think it’s funny but when he chases it to the point he is tearing all his tail fur out and making his tail bleed is when it becomes an obsessive compulsive behavior (I have seen several dogs that do this). I have even seen dogs that have chewed their own toes and tails off.  Obviously this is an obsessive compulsive behavior! In these severe cases, it is imperative to limit the dog’s ability to lick himself by utilizing an Elizabethan Collar (most people call a lamp shade collar) or putting clothes on him, provided he won’t just rip the sock or shirt off.
These dogs that are self-injurious may also need a little anti-depressant to help their minds relax and focus on normal life. But most of your dogs fall somewhere in between this severe self-destructive licking, and not licking at all. For the most part, I don’t encourage licking at all.  If I have a nipper, or a dog that takes treats harshly, I will reward licking instead of biting. Some dogs have a need to lick and suck and so we must give them an appropriate outlet for it for their mental health.  I am afraid if I didn’t allow and encourage him to have a “sucking pillow” he would lick himself to the point that he became self-injurious.
However when you get mad at or yell at your dog for this behavior, your dog is likely to lick you even more vigorously. There are some dogs that lick, because they want to it is a way of asserting themselves into your space. This kind of dog usually gets angry when you try to stop their licking and will begin nipping or biting you. It is important to remove this dog from your presence and not allow him to get in your space and lick, especially in the face!


Even if you no longer enjoy it, you may have once encouraged him to lick you in the face or on the body and so he has learned that licking is a behavior that you lick. Some dogs start licking you, think that you like it (because you giggle or allow him to lick) and then they learn that they like licking.
Our dogs like the way we smell, remember their sense of smell is thousands of times better than our and they like tasting us. Put him outside or in another room to change his mindset.  Dogs get bored and get into habits, if as soon as he starts licking you remove him or yourself from the situation he will learn that licking equals something bad, or something he doesn’t want. Allowing your dog to lick you, to some degree is personal preference.  But if you allow it, it can get out of control quickly. May I suggest that people who have to use lotions and potions, particularly for medical purposes, that they don’t let their dogs lick them.
My 16-month old mini aussie, Merlin, has always liked to lick people and my other dog, a small female Papillon named Lily. I have a Lhasa that is 2 years younger than my Pomeranian – they are adult dogs, not puppies. Then keep her in the room with you, if you can’t see her she is probably licking so keep her with you! I don’t mind a little licking, but I try to discourage him after a few minutes because it gets annoying.
Hay can you tell me how to make my dogs to not bark when someone is at the door Please help I do not know what else to do please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As far as licking is concerned my female didn’t start to want to lick my face until after she had pups and they were gone. The main time my young dog licks is when we or friends come in the house …he will greet us by trying to lick our hands none stop.
Each time she begins to lick get up and walk away or put her in another room she will learn that licking = the loss of what she wants and will eventually stop! The tingling and itching inspire further licking, which exacerbates the dermatitis, and an unfortunate feedback cycle develops. Allergies to fleas, food, and environmental agents should be explored and ruled out or treated as appropriate in any dog with the syndrome.


I heard that a dog will lick the pack leader and that is why a dog will lick your face if you are the pack leader to him. Worse still, in severe cases the licking is believed to release endorphins (natural brain chemicals that feel good). Granulomas can be severe — I have met dogs whose entire legs consisted of skin that was nothing but granuloma. Dogs that are worn out from long walks or nice fetch sessions may be too tired and content to overgroom.
Fluoxetine (known as Reconcile when dogs take it and Prozac when people take it) and clomipramine (Clomicalm) are antidepressants, which may reduce the urge to overgroom.
Dogs will scratch repetitively with their paws or gnaw incessantly; target areas can include the whole body, or specific areas, like the backside, legs, and feet.
Make sure you are using products that are approved for your pet (don't use dog products on cats, for example).
Dog’s fur contains oils and conditioners that keep their skin healthy and bathing more than once a month or so strips them of their natural oils making their skin dry and lackluster. To stop your dog from licking just say good licking to train to lisk then say thank you for the kisses and turn your head, so it’s not so negative. The benefits are not only that they get probiotics but their coot doesn’t smell like a dog. However, if my dog were faced with the choice of taking Prozac or wearing an E-collar continuously, I know which one he (and I) would prefer. Predisposed dogs may overgroom in response to boredom, or excessive licking may be linked to stress or anxiety. Different species tend to infest dogs and cats, but the result is often the same: pruritus. For some dogs it is a food allergy and you will need to try different foods to try and eliminate it.



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