My rescue mixed breed licks everything. I mean EVERYTHING. A lot. The floor, the couch, our other pets, us, the wall etc

She is spayed and in good health. She's a small dog, 12 lb. Part Dachshund and part Jack Russell. I told the vet how she constantly licks stuff, but he didn't seem concerned. It doesn't seem to bother her or make her sick. It's just... I don't know... weird.

Asked by Member 1134192 on Oct 4th 2012 in Other Behavior & Training
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Jax (earned her wings 5/30/12)

Do you know what kind of a life she had before you? Sometimes animals that have been confined in small spaces exhibit behaviors like your describing. They get so bored with their life that they find something to do like licking, swaying or spinning to name a few. I would try distracting her when she does it. Try getting her to focus on something else like a toy, trick or a treat. Depending on how long she's used to doing it, it might take a while to break her of it. Good Luck with her.

Jax (earned her wings 5/30/12) answered on 10/4/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I found these following diagnoses while researching on excessive licking behavior:

1. Diseases that cause nausea or gastrointestinal discomfort (e.g. liver disease, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal lymphosarcoma)
2.Dental or oropharyngeal pain or discomfort
3.Adrenal disorders (hypoadrenocorticism or hyperadrenocorticism may cause excessive licking because of nausea, electrolyte disturbances, or polyphagia)
4.Appetitive behavior (possibly as a result of mild polyphagia)
5.Primary central nervous system disturbances (e.g. hydrocephalus, brain neoplasia, partial motor seizures)
6.Attention-seeking behavior
7.Conflict- or frustration-induced displacement behavior
8.Compulsive disorders
9.cognitive dysfunction.
10.Initial examination and diagnostic

Other than these I found few reasons why a dog would lick everything:
1.Canine cognitive dysfunction
2.Appetitive behaviors
3.Attention-seeking behavior
4. Abnormal repetetive behavior.

Member 1107927 answered on 10/5/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer