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Q: I have a maltese obsessive licker

May 11, 2008 | By bell o. | 6 answers | Expired: 2318 days ago

I have a maltese obsessive licker

She licks and licks and lick. Why do dogs lick? but my2yr f maltipoo is a licker why does she lick so much, she licks herself but also me and my daughter my westie licks my daughter and my chi licks me and daughter

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sharon d.
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May 12, 2008

Hi bell,from what I have always heard and read,licking is a very natural and normal thing for a dog to do.
From the time that they're born,Puppies will lick their littermates right from the start,whether it be grooming purposes,or a sort of social bonding with their litter mates.
Dogs in the wild actually lick at their mother's so that they'll regurgitate food for them. And mother dog's lick to clean and to stimulate urination and defecation,so it really is a way of life.
I think when dogs become adults & they continue to lick - it may be another dog to show respect or submission,but it could still be the affection like it showed from just being content and happy with you.
Are your dogs spoiled? lol
I have read articles where compulsive licking can become habit forming if a dog knows that licking gets your attention,or treats,or toys,etc.
I have a cat that's a compulsive face kisser and licker---Hopefully it's not because he wants regurgitated food! lol
Seriously,he's just a very loving cat that is totally bonded to me because I've had him since I saved him as a tiny feral.I think that it's his way of saying "Thank you Mommy,I love you"
Although it can be a bit annoying at times,in general,I don't think that they're doing anything but showing they care.

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T

May 13, 2008

My YorkiePoo, Elliot Grayson, was a licker, especially after someone took a bath. It was his way of drying us off. Like he would do after his bath. Another thing we need to remember, is licking begins as soon as a puppy or kitten is born. It is the mother's way to stimulate the newborn, and then gives birth to the next of the litter. It is a natural born instinct to share this. However, obsessive licking of the animal itself could be a sign of discomfort, either a skin or internal problem. It could even be a sign of an anxiety disorder. You may want to check with your vet to see if any of the above conditions are causing this. If, you want to deter her from licking your face, use a little bit of Oralgel on your cheek, and she will think twice before sticking her tongue on your face. It does not hurt them, they just don't like the taste. Good Luck!

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Jessica F.
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May 13, 2008

My puppy Giant Schnauzer is always licking my face. When I make noises (especially a "kissy" noise) she really goes nuts trying to get at my face. However, if I have a treat in my hand she won't ever lick me--- she's too focused on the treat. If you really don't like the licking, you need to make a consistent effort to stop. Reward them with pets, hugs, and praise when they aren't licking you. As soon as they start to lick, turn away. But you have to be CONSISTENT-- and this means EVERYONE that interacts with her! If one person allows the licking, and another one doesn't, it's going to be a lot harder for the dog to understand.

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