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23-02-2008, 09:55 PM   #1

How do I stop my dog licking himself?


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23-02-2008, 10:03 PM   #2

Re: How do I stop my dog licking himself?


I was going to suggest something which tastes unpleasant but you mention that at the end. Hope that works for you.



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23-02-2008, 10:06 PM   #3

Re: How do I stop my dog licking himself?


When I first got Max he use to constantly lick one of his back legs.

The way I got him to stop was by putting mustard around the area . Believe me it didn't take him long to realise how bad it tasted and he has never done it since.



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23-02-2008, 10:15 PM   #4

Re: How do I stop my dog licking himself?


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When I first got Max he use to constantly lick one of his back legs.

The way I got him to stop was by putting mustard around the area . Believe me it didn't take him long to realise how bad it tasted and he has never done it since.
Thanks for that idea - I had thought about mustard but wasn't sure if it was safe for dogs. And the other problem is he's long-haired!! Euyyuch!!



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24-02-2008, 09:54 AM   #5

Re: How do I stop my dog licking himself?


My Hound licks his joints when his arthritis flares up. Are you sure it`s just a habit?. You could give your dog an alternative item to chew, or put a sock on him? if I have to bandage my dogs I cover it with sticky tape as they don`t like the taste.



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25-02-2008, 01:03 PM   #6

Re: How do I stop my dog licking himself?


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My Hound licks his joints when his arthritis flares up. Are you sure it`s just a habit?. You could give your dog an alternative item to chew, or put a sock on him? if I have to bandage my dogs I cover it with sticky tape as they don`t like the taste.
Well, he's been seen by more than one vet, who all say there's no reason for him to keep doing it other than habit. He's a bit young for arthritis (just under 3 years). They have suggested distracting him, but he likes to do it to 'settle down', and I can't distract him 24/7! I've tried socks - he just pulls them off, and the tape thing, too! In fact putting anything over the area just seems to encourage him even more . . definitely a puzzler!

Thanks for replying, tho!



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