Q: I have an 11-month-old, very large, 80-pound puppy that I adopted from a shelter when he was 6 months old. He is super-sweet but insists on licking nonstop. He licks clothes, people, hands, furniture, anything. I am pretty sure it is an attention thing, but “no lick” only works when he is not excited. I am not sure what to do to make him stop licking everything and everyone! Any suggestions?
A: Lots of dogs can’t hold their licker. And Dog Lady often expounds on licking as loving. Your pound puppy laps up your scents and leaves her mark behind. Better than biting, better than peeing or something yuckier. Here’s the bottom line: “No lick” doesn’t quite cut it. You’ve got to offer a bigger alternative — a powerful diversion such as a bully stick or a squeaky toy when the lapping becomes unbearable. Over time and with your constant intervention, the licking should lessen, but the behavior will never go away completely.
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