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In case your canine has at all times been, for lack of higher phrases, a ‘licky dog’ then it might simply be a traditional conduct on your canine. If it’s a new behaviour, there might be underlying medical or behavioural points to handle.


Some canine simply are inclined to lick greater than others, and this normally contains licking the air, their lips, objects round the home and very often your face! As with every conduct, whether it is undesirable to you then keep in mind the golden rule of ‘IGNORE unwanted behavior, REWARD wanted behavior’. We have now some nice articles on canine coaching in our Training & Behavior part.

Additionally it is value mentioning that whereas behavioral causes are attainable, one examine discovered them to be a much less doubtless trigger than a GI abnormality. Anxiety can result in obsessive compulsive issues and air licking is usually a symptom.

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Belly or Gastrointestinal Ache

One chance, is ache from a gastrointestinal/stomach abnormality. Such abnormalities can embody pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel illness, gastric international physique, ulcer, or different reason behind stomach or gastrointestinal ache. In case your canine additionally has diarrhea and/or is vomiting, this will increase the probability of stomach or gastrointestinal ache being the trigger.

Oral Points

Oral points also can result in air licking, akin to dental illness (normally extreme) or one thing caught in the mouth, for instance a stick (verify the roof of your canine’s mouth if they’re amenable to this as it is a frequent place of stick lodgement).

Neurological issues

Air licking may also be a part of a seizure complex and should point out an underlying neurological drawback, for instance epilepsy, different issues affecting the mind.

What Ought to I Do if It Is a New Conduct?

In case you are noticing this new conduct and are not sure about the trigger, it might warrant a visit to the vet.  Earlier than going to the vet, it’s a good suggestion to take a video recording of the conduct and observe down something that is likely to be inflicting the conduct.  For instance whether it is proper after the canine eats, and recording a brief video of the conduct.  This could possibly be useful to seek out the underlying trigger and it’s usually tough to indicate the conduct to the vet in the examination room.