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caljur's picture
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Ok, I know dogs lick to express themselves but my 15-week old female dobie doesn't stop.  Licks herself all over constantly.  Licks my GF and I nonstop unless we repeatedly tell her to stop.  Licks the carpet and rugs.  Licks the car seats.  Licks the vet.  Licks the vet's assistants.  I wonder sometimes whether we have a cat or a dog.  How do I slow this down while allowing her to express herself?

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She's just so full of love, she has to kiss the entire world!  LOL  

Sorry, dont know how to stop that.  My dobie isn't a 'licker' but one of my rat terriers sure is.  Been licking everything and everyone that gets in her path for going on 5 years now.

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Is she bored?  What do you do for daily exercise, and training, and do you ever give your pup a job to help with?

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Try giving her more exercise and mental stimulation.  Also, you can try apple bitter or apple lime to try and deter her.

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From what I hear, most dobes actually don't mind the bitter sprays!  Crazy these dogs are lol

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Brinks actually enjoyed licking bitter apple as a pup...  Oh well, at least he wasn't nipping when he licked!!

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yeah cisco liked every flavor of bitter spray- caused more gnawing and licking...

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Incessant licking is when we began to implement the word "Stop". If she's going lick lick lick on our hands, we would hold our hands up out of reach and say "Stop". If she's licking herself, I would reach over and touch her muzzle with my hand, or life it up a big, and say "Stop."  At this point, if she's going to town on herself, I can just say Stop and not touch her, and she will.