The behavior of a dog licking is very natural. When they are puppies, dogs are licked by their mothers to encourage movement, to show love, to keep them clean, and to provide affection. Dogs grow up using their mouths to explore the world. If your dog licks your face as he greets you, it is because he is saying hello in the way that is most natural to him. Your skin is soft and smooth, which is comforting for your dog. Your skin may even taste salty and yummy for your dog, as much as it may be annoying to people.
Dogs also naturally lick their own wounds to encourage the healing process. Dogs will lick their paws excessively or their skin excessively to groom, clean, and to feel better. Excessive licking can not only be annoying to watch and hear, but it can also pose problems on your dog's skin. Licking wounds could cause potential bacterial infections or even pull stitches out if your dog has had recent surgery. Licking a paw excessively could indicate an injury you may know nothing about. At the same time, obsessively licking an injury could cause more damage.
Once you know your dog is safe, not injured, and only licking because of habit, you may want to begin to correct compulsive licking.
To ensure your dog is not licking his body excessively for medical reasons, be sure to have your dog evaluated by your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can check for things such as hay fever and allergy-related skin conditions. You can also talk about obsessive-compulsive disorders such as stress and separation anxiety.
Once your dog is cleared medically, if he is licking you to provide sweet puppy kisses or licking his body simply as a compulsive behavior you can address these problems with some retraining, positive reinforcement, patience, and lots of treats. Licking is a habit that takes time to forget. It might take your dog several weeks to forget this bad habit and replace it with a new habit.
Hello Jon, It looks like you wrote sit under your question. Are you asking how to teach your Golden Retriever to sit? If so then you can teach Oliver to sit by following these steps. 1. Begin by finding something that your dog loves, to use as motivation. This can be a favorite treat or a favorite toy. 2. Once you have found something that Oliver loves, start by letting him sniff the item. Once Oliver is paying attention to the item, bring the item slowly from the dogs nose towards the dogs back, making it pass over the dogs head with him trying to follow the item with his eyes and nose. 3. If the dog looses focus on the item or gets excited and tries to grab it, simply start over by placing the item back at the dog's nose and repeat the process. 4. When the dog attempts to keep focus on the item by lifting its head up and back, this should cause the dog to move into a sit position, with its bottom hitting the floor. Once the dog's bottom hits the floor, praise the dog enthusiastically and immediately give the dog the item as a reward. 5. Practice luring the dog into that position several times without a command, until the dog begins to place it's bottom on the floor more quickly. 6. Once the dog is placing it's bottom on the floor when you move the item above it's head right away, introduce the word "sit", saying sit right when the dog's bottom begins to lower towards the ground and praising and rewarding as soon as it touches. 7. After several repetitions of "sit", begin to tell your dog "sit" right BEFORE you lure them into the position, so that the command precedes the action now. Continue to reward and praise when they sit. 8. Begin to give your dog opportunities to sit when told,without being shown what to do now. To do this tell Oliver "sit" and wait seven seconds to see if he will offer it himself without being shown, if he does not, then lure him into the position with the item again as a hint. Do not repeat the word" si"t unless more than 7 seconds has passed or you think the dog did not hear your original command. 9. Once Oliver will sit without the hint when told, begin to faze out the use of the treats or toy by only offering the item after your dog has a done a number of sits or a sit that was better than the previous sit. For instance have the dog sit three times before earning the reward one day, then the next day have the dog do five sits before earning a reward. Then ten sits before earning a reward by the end of the week. After your dog reaches more than fifteen sits per reward faze out the rewards all together and use every day "life rewards" instead. These can be sitting at the door before a walk, sitting at dinner before being fed, sitting before being petted, and other things that your dog enjoys throughout its day. If you struggle to get your dog to sit when luring with the item try practicing the above with your dog in a corner or against a wall so that the only way that the dog can follow the treat visually is by sitting to help him look up. This can also be good for dogs who try to back up when doing this excercise. Enjoy practicing sit! Thank you, Caitlin Crittenden
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Having issues house training to not go in the house . I would take her out and she would always wait until we get back inside to do so . I got pee pee pad and she would never use them I need help to my accidents
Hello Jackie, If you want to teach her to go potty outside, check out the article that I have linked below and use the "Crate Training" method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Because Nova is older, when you are home you can take her potty every three hours instead of 1.5. After she goes potty outside, you can give her 1.5-2 hours of supervised freedom instead of 45 minutes. When the 1.5-2 hours are up, put her back into the crate until it is time to take her potty again. This ensures that she is not free in the house unless her bladder is empty. The habit of peeing inside needs to stop for her to become potty trained If you would like to teach her to go potty on an indoor pad instead of outside, then check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Crate Training" method. You can also try the "Exercise Pen" method but the "Crate Training" method will help her learn to hold her bladder better between trips to the bathroom (indoor or outdoor). I suggest using a real grass pad instead of a pee pad if she tends to have accidents on rugs and carpet. Some dogs confuse pee pads with rugs and carpet because both are made out of fabric. Switching to a litter box or grass pad can help in those cases (grass pads are a bit easier to teach then litter boxes). The article below talks about litter box training but you can use a real grass pad instead and follow the same steps to teach a grass pad or pee pad. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Real grass pad example: https://www.freshpatch.com/products/westie?variant=3477439297&gclid=Cj0KCQiApILhBRD1ARIsAOXWTzuZ90MjksIJ6BSEVCgP0pzE48d4eZMurn7BAHZOw8Xy4ZiTmng5ZNYaAmHPEALw_wcB Porch Potty also makes more expensive long-term option. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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How can I get my dog to walk on leash without pulling? Also to not jump on strangers?
Hello Cierra, For the pulling, check out the article that I have linked below and follow the 'Turns' method, or one of the other methods if you feel they would work better, knowing your dog. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel For the jumping, check out the article that I have linked below. I recommend the 'Step Toward' method in your case. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-australian-shepherds-to-not-jump When you step toward him with the "Step Toward' method be firm and calm. You want to convey calm confidence and not be timid or excited. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Lola's a young puppy so she loves to lick us all the time. It was cute at the beginning, but now we can't get close without her licking us. Our toes, my face, my arms,... How do we get her to stop? It's not as in a way of greeting like it says on top of this page, so I can't get her to do anything else like give a paw. Sometimes she also jumps at my face to play, but that could be very dangerous.
Hello Sabrina, It could be obsessive licking or submissive licking. If obsessive, I suggest teaching the Out command - which means leave the area, and telling her Out whenever she starts to lick. If she is a very soft, more submissive pup, then it could be submissive licking, and you also need to work on being calm around her, teaching her to Leave It, then rewarding her with something else to focus on when she stops - like a toy. If you are acting angry around her that could trigger increased submissive licking. If she does it when everyone is calm, then it is probably becoming a habit for her that needs to be interrupted. Leave It method for teaching Leave It command: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out command: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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