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Old 08-31-2007, 09:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a little concerned about Haiku's excessive licking, not of herself or me, but of the floors and furniture. This started about six months ago, and I don't understand what it means. She has an excellent diet, acts normally, and she is a calm dog. Any ideas? Could this just be a habit she has (like the way humans chew fingernails?) Has anyone heard of this? Thank you so much.

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Old 08-31-2007, 09:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think sometimes they just develop weird habits. If it were me, I'd be following close behind with a bottle of bitter apple and giving the area that she's licking a tiny squirt with a small "no". That would do the trick for Ollie for sure. But every dog is different. As far as if there is something "wrong" I have no idea! I bet it's just a habit, though.
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My Chloe does that. She'll lick my robe, the leather couch, a pillow. Anything she can get her little tongue on. I think too that it is just a habit.

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Old 08-31-2007, 11:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My Lil Sophie is a licker and always has been. I've asked her vet about it and was told that it is just a habit and nothing wrong. Some dogs are just lickers. She licks everything around her when sitting on my lap.....just can't keep still. Her licking is the reason that she doesn't sleep with us. She won't just curl up and lay down but keeps us awake by licking every inch of the sheets. We really don't like sleeping on wet, dog licked pillows. I've tried putting my hand over her mouth and telling her to stop but she's more persistant than I am and I've not broken her of it in over 5 years. I find it really interesting that other dogs do this too. Until I joined Spoiled Maltese just recently, I had no way of hearing from other Maltese owners on questions just like this.
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Old 08-31-2007, 12:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Oh yeah, Kosmo licks my fleece blanket and Peter always says, "Can you imagine licking cloth like that, yuck!" I think some dogs just do this.

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Old 08-31-2007, 01:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ya! Mine NEVER stops licking at night in bed it seems. Except that it's herself!!!
I even have tried washing her bajingo off and feet incase they have pee on them.
She goes all day w/out licking that much.
My other malt liked to lick the floors and furniture, my Lhasa likes to lick the bedspreads. It's a bad habit especially when it's other people they like to lick, since I would only want? my own dogs slober.
Be careful if you have your house sprayed for bugs, she may lick the spray.
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Old 08-31-2007, 01:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Toto does it too. My vet said it could be a sign of stomach upset but I know that isn't the case with Toto. I think it may be something of a compulsive obessive disorder. He will lick the sheets, leather couch, people, and even the air.

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Old 08-31-2007, 01:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Louis licks himself around the bed. It is like, he can't sleep someplace unless it is TOTALLY covered by his tongue. And he does it EVERY night. What can you do but wash the sheets and the covers?
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Old 08-31-2007, 02:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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massimo doesn't lick other things, he licks ME!! especially at bedtime! he likes to lick my arms and face...then i move so he can't do it and then he tries to get to my legs!! [i sleep with one leg uncovered, becuase i'm insane] i finally grumble and say "ok mass, enough" and he quits.

sir licksalot is his name, annoying licking is his game.

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Old 08-31-2007, 02:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I agree with Deb. I think it's an obsessive/compulsive disorder.
We live in a prozac world..even our dogs. lol
Toy licks our feet, arms, the air until we jostle her into reality
again. lol My older daughter's maltese will lick material too.
I believe she thinks she's a vacuum cleaner. Heh.

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