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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-21-2020, 09:52 PM
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Wulfin I love your posts, you are so funny! Weíve had the licking issue with Cotton for 10 years. We got him from HRI when he was a year old. His foster mom said it was a nervous habit and made him feel better. Even after a year he was still licking. We had ruled out every possible reason I researched except for the joy of it-and being bored. The problem with breaking the habit is that licking releases endorphins and it can become addictive just like humans and their drugs. Heís never chewed at himself just licked. However, it does remind me of my husband. He canít let his hair get too much length or he starts twirling it. At itsí normal length he ignores it but if he misses a an appointment the twirling begins 2-3 weeks later. Iím not calling Ed a dog, although in this house itís a high compliment😆
Ironically, Cotton started licking the couch last night so I sprayed Bitter Apple on it. Thank goodness for leather. Iím pretty relaxed and it takes a lot to annoy me but I really donít want dog spit all over our couches🤢 He still resorts to it occasionally but he passes Shamamamaís test of ceasing when he is distracted. I wish you glorious silence in the future-especially at 2:00 a.m.!
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Wulfin I love your posts, you are so funny! Weíve had the licking issue with Cotton for 10 years. We got him from HRI when he was a year old. His foster mom said it was a nervous habit and made him feel better. Even after a year he was still licking. We had ruled out every possible reason I researched except for the joy of it-and being bored. The problem with breaking the habit is that licking releases endorphins and it can become addictive just like humans and their drugs. Heís never chewed at himself just licked. However, it does remind me of my husband. He canít let his hair get too much length or he starts twirling it. At itsí normal length he ignores it but if he misses a an appointment the twirling begins 2-3 weeks later. Iím not calling Ed a dog, although in this house itís a high compliment😆
Ironically, Cotton started licking the couch last night so I sprayed Bitter Apple on it. Thank goodness for leather. Iím pretty relaxed and it takes a lot to annoy me but I really donít want dog spit all over our couches🤢 He still resorts to it occasionally but he passes Shamamamaís test of ceasing when he is distracted. I wish you glorious silence in the future-especially at 2:00 a.m.!
Good information licking isn't necessarily signaling a problem, although it is annoying when they do it for an extended period of time. I learn so much on the forum. Since it's a 10 year issue, your the Go To person for help. Have you made a decision on growing out his hair?
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Iím not calling Ed a dog, although in this house itís a high compliment😆
The parallels between dogs and humans in our house is uncanny. Everyone takes it as a compliment. DS loves ďgood boyĒ as a term of endearment. He thinks itís funny that someone could be saying it to him OR the dog, and heíll accept it on behalf of both. The other day I asked if he finished his math and he said, ďOf course, Iím a good boy,Ē in the funny way he says it and I thought, I wonder if anyone outside of our family would get the joke or if they think we treat our kids like dogs. Itís more like we treat our dog like a human child.
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Itís more like we treat our dog like a human child.

WHAT'S THAT! Dog's are not Furry Human Children?
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You two are funny also🤣 Ed and I (me) have joked for years that he is just as needy as the dogs. If he does something simple like put his dishes in the sink Iíll pat his head and say ďAtta boy, mommy loves you.Ē Then we both crack up. Our sons keep distinguishing between themselves and the dogs when I reference ďthe boysĒ to other people. I just tell them we kept the two we liked-burn, Mom wins.

I hope I can meet your expectations Mikki. Cotton doesnít just lick one area like Denver but itís usually his paws or the couch when he decides to start again periodically. If it takes a little effort to get him to stop I rub hand lotion around his paw. He doesnít like the taste and it helps moisturize his paw pads until I break the licking-again.
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Sometimes Patti will go on a Licking Spree but I can usually get it stopped. If it continues a Bath works. Love the idea bout Hand Lotion on the paws, although it's usually the Butt area Patti's cleaning up. REALLY SPICK & SPAN CLEAN. Time for a Butt Wipe or Bath and a little behind trimming.
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