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    Default Help.. Dog licking furniture and pillows obsessively!

    My 9 year old lab has recently started licking the chair upholstry and pillow obsessively.. to the point where they get soaked. This has only been going on for a couple of weeks and at first it didn't phase me but now I'm getting a little bit concerned.

    Have any of you experienced this with your dogs?

    I plan on calling the vet on Monday but just thought I'd see if anyone else has gone through this as well! Thanks!



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    Our golden retriever licks the carpet, the bed and pillows obsessively. I have no idea why she's doing it, but it doesn't bother me too much. It might just be an attention or being bored thing.

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    Ok..that makes me feel a little bit better. Macy is getting older and slowing down so I just didn't know if this was a symptom of something. Maybe she's just bored though!



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    My lab-shepherd did this. I swear he was part cat. He'd groom himself, then his surroundings. He even licked the varnish off "his" chair because he cleaned it so often. I never mentioned it to the vet because it was something he always did. But if it's a new behaviour it wouldn't hurt to call & ask.

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    My standard poodle sometimes does this. I noticed he occasionally does it just after he eats. Like he will sort of lick down the leather chair I am sitting in. If I tell him "no", he stops. I figured he was just tasting whatever was left on his tongue. He doesn't do it that much,though.
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    My dog will sit on my bed and lick his feet. Next thing you know he is licking the sheet. I have no idea why he does that.
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    Most of these dogs are large. I wonder if that has anything to do with this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    Most of these dogs are large. I wonder if that has anything to do with this.
    My dog is a pug and does this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelais View Post
    My dog is a pug and does this.
    But the other 4 are large size.
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    If your dog is getting old, it could be a problem with the eyesight. He may be seeing something like another animal instead of a pillow and grooming them? Just a guess, I have heard of similar issues to do with eyesight.
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    I heard something about this on a radio vet show the other day. Basically it's canine OCD and it's a habit you have to break. This guy suggested finding a "naughty place" for the dog (laundry, bathroom, etc) and every time he/she does the compulsive licking put him in the "naughty place" for 20 mins. You have to be consistant but apparently they quickly break the habit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    I heard something about this on a radio vet show the other day. Basically it's canine OCD and it's a habit you have to break. This guy suggested finding a "naughty place" for the dog (laundry, bathroom, etc) and every time he/she does the compulsive licking put him in the "naughty place" for 20 mins. You have to be consistant but apparently they quickly break the habit.
    I guess mine is only a social licker!
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    I heard something about this on a radio vet show the other day. Basically it's canine OCD and it's a habit you have to break. This guy suggested finding a "naughty place" for the dog (laundry, bathroom, etc) and every time he/she does the compulsive licking put him in the "naughty place" for 20 mins. You have to be consistant but apparently they quickly break the habit.
    Great! I have a German Shepherd with ADD and now a Lab with OCD. Just my luck!

    I'll try this and see if it works..thanks!



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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    I heard something about this on a radio vet show the other day. Basically it's canine OCD and it's a habit you have to break. This guy suggested finding a "naughty place" for the dog (laundry, bathroom, etc) and every time he/she does the compulsive licking put him in the "naughty place" for 20 mins. You have to be consistant but apparently they quickly break the habit.
    Yes. An acquaintance has a lab that would compulsively eat the walls. It was a nightmare for them. Their vet said it was a form of OCD and prescribed Prozac for the dog.

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    put tobasco sauce on the chairs. not sure what to do with the pillows lol
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