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Re: constant licking (ex. people, floor)

Posted by:  Leslie Hemsing
Posted on:  September 17, 2001 at 23:25:11

In Reply to: constant licking (ex. people, floor)
Posted by:  Anthony
Posted on:  September 17, 2001 at 12:52:04

Question:

: My dog, Chopper, appears to have a licking fettish; he constantly licks people all over, especially feet, and licks floors, walls, carpets - and anything else in his vicinity. My question is: how do I train him to stop this behaviour?

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Dear Anthony,

The type of behavior you describe is not normal for a JRT. Yes, some JRTs can be called "tongues with feet" but your description of Chopper's behavior is a bit much...

I have not heard of a terrier as obsessed with "licking" as you say Chopper is. Re-directing his attention from the floors, walls, etc with a game of fetch or a chew toy should help stop the behavior. You should also consider whether Chopper is getting adequate exercise; a JRT who is bored will find ways to amuse itself.

Leslie