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Q: What can I do?

January 30, 2011 | By maddi g. | 2 answers | Expired: 1344 days ago

My, dog has been constantly licking me. I know she does it because it's a habit she made before we got her. She also has a habit of sucking a teddy bear toy to death each night about an hour before bed. How do I break her of these habits? It's important! I need to wash her teddy!

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daryl b.
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Feb 02, 2011

i hate to say this but as far as the teddybear goes you may never be able to stop her. possible washing it and changeing the scent. people say that a dog that does that was either weaned to early or thinks she is taking care of a puppy. the licking could be to get the salt from your hands.

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Kelly
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Feb 13, 2011

I doubt you're going to break her of the teddy bear habit. You might consider having a bear & a spare so when you're washing one, she'll still have one & then alternate them when needed. Licking is a hard habit to break too. Since the behavior has already been learned, she has to be trained to stop the behavior. It may take a lot of trial & error. Some dogs lick as a sign of submission, for some its just a sign of affection, & for others it relieves stress. So there really is no cookie-cutter training method to redirect the behavior. You might try turning or walking away from her when she tries to lick you. If she's seeking affection, she should soon learn that licking is causing the opposite effect. When she doesn't lick you, reward her with some other type of affection like a tummy rub. You can also try the verbal command "no" or something similar. Be stern with the command & deliver it as soon as she starts to lick you. Training her that way would be the same as training her to any other verbal command. If you don't mind her giving you kisses sometimes, you can teach her to lick or "kiss" you on command. Teach her command words like "kiss" & "no kiss" & only allow her to lick you when you give the command. Like I said before, its a lot of trial & error, but consistency is the key to success. Whatever training method you choose, be consistent & she'll eventually learn. Good luck!

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