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How do you stop a compulsive licker?

asked 2015-08-26 14:20:20 -0500

My corgi mix is a compulsive licker. She takes any chance she gets to lick our legs, arms, faces (if she is close enough), etc. We love to cuddle with her but can't let her face be anywhere near ours because she won't stop licking. Any suggestions?

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answered 2015-08-26 20:55:32 -0500

Our Pomeranian is notorious for licking. What we have done is teaching to give kisses. So that gives him the few moments to give you a lot of kisses, but then when you say down, you push them into your lap and continue to pet them to keep them happy and they know they were not doing anything wrong.

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answered 2015-08-26 14:53:25 -0500

I gently blow back in the face of my compulsive licker. That works most of the time.

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answered 2015-08-26 14:52:21 -0500

I'd try snuggling with her while she has a toy in her mouth to play with. Sometimes my dog wants to play by gently biting. It has worked to curb this behavior by having a toy available.

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answered 2015-08-27 09:15:42 -0500

Licking is a common way to acknowledge you as one of the pack. But when it is compulsive, you can try some of the Bach or FES flower essences. Rescue Remedy has cherry plum in it for maintaining control, mothers like inpatients for patience and white chestnut for repetitive worry, if anxiety is part of the behavior, can be added. Lots of information on line re their use, how to mix, ect as well as books from library for dogs and flower essences. I have used them for years with my dogs with great results.

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answered 2015-08-27 13:41:09 -0500

I spray bitter Apple on the areas where the dog's lick. They stop pretty quickly.

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