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    or is this an impossible dream..?

    Our lovely little dog is a crazy licker and I'm wondering how best to train him out of this. He licks feet, hands, arms anything he can, just the saying hello kind of licking, not as in a compulsive disorder or anything! He's a very affectionate little dog and we love him to bits. He's pretty smart, he knows a few things like fetch, sit, find Mum, get toys, etc on those commands. With the licking, we are saying 'no licking' firmly when he does it and well, he looks at us like we're mad and just leans down and licks our foot, or leg, or just now, part of the chair nearest me.

    Any tips on this, or do we just accept this as a lost cause? We are pretty lucky that this is pretty much the worst habit he has - the other one, crapping on the concrete when the grass is damp is probably a lost cause

    Any advice most welcome!

    Cheers, GTF

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    I'm sure there's ways to train him out of it, but I view a dog licking me as them giving me a pat, so I just live with it and try to avoid them licking my mouth and make sure I have my mouth closed if it's a risk

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    I have found the best way is to not reward the behavior. As soon as your dog starts to lick, move away & show no attention. If sitting on the couch, put the dog down & turn away from them. Then once your dog is calm, return to normal, if they lick, repeat the process.

    Your dog will soon learn that licking gets no reward, ie your attention so will stop doing it.

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    With the licking, we are saying 'no licking' firmly when he does it and well, he looks at us like we're mad and just leans down and licks our foot, or leg, or just now, part of the chair nearest me.
    "no licking" is attention. so unfortunately - given it's self rewarding ie the action of licking the dog's favourite people makes the dog feel good... it's not going to help.

    Mind you - I had a fail today where my dog was so PLEASED to see my mum visiting my house that she lost it. She went from barking, to butt wiggles to licking to floor grovelling - ie she licks the floor and polishes it with her shoulder as she crawls backwards in front of my mum, as if my mum needs a dog polished floor to walk on.

    Sheesh - I spent a fair bit of the morning cleaning the floor myself. Oops - maybe I taught her that. But I don't lick my mum and I don't hug or kiss her either. Well occasionally a hug.

    So I think you need to ask your dog to do something that they can't do and lick you - ie an incompatible behaviour and then give lots of attention for doing the new behaviour. Example - have a mat or a bed in the room where you are, and if he licks you, just quietly put him on the mat and ask him to stay there and give him a treat or attention or praise for doing that. Maybe not the treat. Some dogs (I've got one) will act naughty to get the chain that ends in a treat. So with mine - praise/pat is enough.

    Essentially you've got to put the dog where it can't lick you every time it licks. And only allow couch and lap time by invitation which is revoked the second he licks.

    Which might seem a bit cruel and harsh but my dog would rather have couch time without licking than licking resulting in separation - even if it's only by a metre or so. It would be your choice. And your dog's choice.

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    I always think of it as innocent as a shark biting someone.

    They dont have hands like us to feel with so like a shark has to 'taste test' something our beloved pooches do it with their dish lickers.

    Imagine your dog with hands....he'd be walking around shaking hands and patting everyone on the back.

    I would't stress to much unless it really bothers you. I'd much rather a dog licking me than one biting me.

    Its a good way to distinguish doggy people from non doggy people too. The whingey non doggy people who cant handle doggy kisses are the ones who i avoid LOL. Dogs are good like that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post

    i.e she licks the floor and polishes it with her shoulder as she crawls backwards in front of my mum, as if my mum needs a dog polished floor to walk on.

    Sheesh - I spent a fair bit of the morning cleaning the floor myself.
    Hya, I personally believe that your dog is telling you to get the mop out again and do the job properly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Hi all, thanks for all your replies and good advice.

    Hyacinth, I loved your story, a floor polishing dog, lol !!

    Sean, I do feel a bit mean saying no licking to him, I think along your lines, it's his only way of communicating by touch.

    I'll put some of these ideas to the test and also keep it in perspective!

    Cheers, GTF

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    Something I found that may help:

    Positively | Victoria Stilwell | Forum • View topic - How to stop the licking?

    Riley licking me doesn't really bother me that much - unless it is straight after a shower and I am bending over or whatever ......... then he usually gets told - to leave it, fluff off or something like that !

    It is best to get things in perspective ! If it isn't really a problem - then maybe it is just one of his 'quirks'.

    Pooping on the bricks/cement instead of getting poor little 'princess' paws wet is a problem at my place also !

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    I encouraged it - marked it and called it LUV LUV.

    We have used this behaviour when Snoopy is nervous around a new dog/place or has been approached by a dominant type.
    So far it has worked and seems to calm everyone down so we can quietly move on.

    He will do it on command so if I wanted him to stop I would give a NEW command such as "Go to your mat".

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    hey chubbsecurity

    That's how I dealt with my evil hound's barking - put it on cue... only reward/allowed when performed on cue...

    Back yard cat patrol and front door bell duty excepted.

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