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Dogs lick their pack members and themselves for many reasons, and if you want to curb the behavior, it helps to understand its cause.
Affection This is the most common reason that domestic dogs lick and tends to be the kind of licking most pet parents want to change. Licking for affection causes your dog to release pleasurable endorphins that calm and comfort them, but sometimes it can just get to be too much for people. If you want your dog to stop, ignore them and walk into another room whenever it begins. Eventually they will learn that licking causes you to leave, which isn’t what they want.
obviously cannot verbalize how they are feeling to us beyond perhaps a bit of whining or , and that’s pretty non-specific and really difficult to interpret. If you have a dog that licks a lot, you might be left wondering why.
There are situations where/what your dog is licking can give you a clue that something localized and specific is bothering him. If he is licking between his toes, for instance, it would be logical to check that area to see if there is a burr, a splinter or a sore that he is worrying. If he is licking his tail, or the base of his rump, you might consider a problem or an . In addition, sometimes your dog licks your face in greeting or licks your arms just because.
But, what does it mean if you don’t see any logical reason for your dog to be licking and/or he is persistently licking – either himself or inanimate objects floors, carpets, toys or seemingly nothing at all?
Here are some of the reasons for dog licking:
This is not always something obvious, like the burr between his toes. It can be because of or in the , pain in a joint, or even a tingling or numb sensation for a nerve problem.
If you think about it, when your stomach is upset you tend to get a bad taste in your mouth or you produce a bit of excess saliva that can make you swallow or lick your lips. The same is true for your dog, in which case any underlying disorder that produces nausea could cause your dog to lick a lot.
Being hungry or having a dry mouth could result in increased licking.
Anything painful or abnormal in your dog’s mouth could make him lick.
Many dogs lick their paws and they do it for a variety of reasons
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KPA Program Director Tia Guest, faculty member Helix Fairweather, and I chose the lick because it's something all dogs do; in fact, it's something all dogs do often, especially at meal time or in the hopes of food. Yet you can't MAKE the dog do it with a leash, nor do dogs tend to do it when you actually lure with food. (Then a dog is going for the food, so it's sniffing, not licking.) Other reasons for choosing "lick it" were: If the muscles are doing the movement, the click will reinforce the movement. As soon as the behavior becomes operant—hopefully within three or four clicks—any previous "reasons" for doing it are no longer valid. Now the dog's not just licking because it's nervous, or to get the grease off its nose; it's licking to make you click. The behavior itself does not generate an emotion. It's just one more way to earn .