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Licking Long Chest Hair - should we keep it short, or fight through and grow him out?

So, we had Denver shaved way back when he was neutered.

BEFORE that, he would lick his chest.. all the time. Drove me crazy. Not to the point of giving a hotspot or anything, just...I don't like hearing the lick lick lick constantly. He would knock it off when I asked him to for a bit, but go back to it. Especially annoying at 2am... LOL.

When he was shaved, he didn't lick. The hair was short and he just didn't. It was glorious.

The last 2 weeks he has started licking again as his hair is growing out. I've sprayed some bitter apple on it, but since he hadn't done it for 5 or so months, I'm thinking it's not habitual. So I'm debating...do I continue growing him out and trying to find a way to deal with the licking. Or do I keep him short when he either can't reach it, or it doesn't bother him.

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A couple thoughts. Are you sure he does not have any tiny mats on his chest? Is he licking near the armpit area? Armpits are definitely prone to matting and sometimes enough air does not get down to the skin so he could develop a little yeast there. I try to keep the armpits short even when the chest hair is longer. Harnesses can also make it easier for small mats to develop in these areas. Mia does not mat much but these two areas are the worst for her.
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Sorry, Iíve got nuthiní. None of mine have licked their chests... long or short.


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Sorry, Iíve got nuthiní. None of mine have licked their chests... long or short.
Mia has never done this but my yorkie does it once in a great while. He tends to mat fairly easily around his armpit area if I let it his hair get too long. His hair is fine and sort of wispy and I think the harness causes it to start matting. He then licks a bit where the armpit area meets the chest. If I keep it mat free he never licks there.
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Didnt you say you have early snow this year? Could it be related if heís longer than last winter? Last year when mine was pretty long he licked a bit around his chest and front legs sometimes when he came inside.
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Ignore me, I had that backwards in my head, I do that a lot. You said he doesnít lick anywhere else, right? Otherwise I might think something is bugging him but the hair wasnít long enough to lick.
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How old is Denver? That would drive me Nuts!

I would keep the chest hair short since he doesn't lick then. After a time you can let it grow back again to see if he's forgotten.

If he's a young puppy he'll probably outgrow it and forget if you keep it short for a long while.

Like others mention he could be after matts. How often do you bath him and comb the Baby?
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It's not his armpits.. literally the center of his chest.
I think it is something bugging him, he does the same thing when he has the harness on (trying to lick the harness of?) but now he does it with the harness off too. Could be a small mat or something. He was at teh groomer yesterday and so now he is 100% mat free and will see if he starts it again, or not. It could have been a mat that I missed, but it is interesting too. My eagle eyes (or sharp ears) are watching for it now.

He is bathed weekly, brushed daily, but we don't do a full groom every day as we have some behavioural issues we are dealing with in regards to him and brushing

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It's not his armpits.. literally the center of his chest.
I think it is something bugging him, he does the same thing when he has the harness on (trying to lick the harness of?) but now he does it with the harness off too. Could be a small mat or something. He was at teh groomer yesterday and so now he is 100% mat free and will see if he starts it again, or not. It could have been a mat that I missed, but it is interesting too. My eagle eyes (or sharp ears) are watching for it now.

He is bathed weekly, brushed daily, but we don't do a full groom every day as we have some behavioural issues we are dealing with in regards to him and brushing
Maybe when his hair is longer the harness gets tighter and is irritating him? Some harnesses I have tried are very tight across the chest and restrictive in the shoulder area. Have you tried a Buddy Belt (made in your country)?
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I think we're going to need to see a video of this behavior ...

Shama occasionally licks her front paws but nothing else.

Can you distract him with any other training when he starts doing this? Can you reward him for just hanging out NOT doing this?

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