There are a hundred and one benefits to having a smaller dog. He doesn’t crush you when he sits on you. He doesn’t leave quite such a mountain of dog hair around the house. He doesn’t nearly drag you to the floor when he pulls on the leash. He doesn’t nearly knock you over when he jumps up to say hello. Having said all that, his tongue is still big and gross enough that you don’t want to be constantly covered by it. Unfortunately though, he seems to enjoy nothing more than licking you and any guest that walks through the door to death.
Training him not to lick will stop you wandering around with an aroma of stale dog breath. If you have small children, it will also prevent him coating them in potentially harmful bacteria. Not to mention it will make guests feel more relaxed if they can settle for a stroke when they say 'hello'.
Training a small dog not to lick is relatively straightforward. Firstly, you need to understand why he’s licking. Is he just being inquisitive? Is it attention seeking behavior? Once you know that, you can take a number of steps to deter him from licking. You will also need to incorporate some socialization training into your regime, to show him what behavior is and isn’t acceptable.
If he’s just a puppy, he’s probably still excitable and eager to explore the world with his mouth. This also means he will be receptive and could respond to training in just a week or two. If he’s older and licking has been his favorite past time for many years, then you may need several weeks. Get this training right and you will get a clean, welcoming dog, who you can relax with in the evenings.
Before you can start training, you will need to collect several items. You will need a chew toy to divert his attention to. Taste deterrent spray will be needed. Treats or his favorite food broken into small pieces will also be required.
A water spray bottle and a deterrence collar will also be used in one of the methods. While you don’t need to set aside any time specifically for training, you will need to be able to monitor and react to him as much as possible.
Once you’ve got the above, just bring patience and some anti-bacterial spray, then work can begin!