Do you have a dog that is always licking their lips? Though this doesn’t seem like a big issue, for some dogs this can be either a health or behavior problem. No matter what, excessive licking is a symptom of something else.
Licking is part of healthy grooming, but excessive licking is not. It can be a sign of skin disease, dental issues, or anxiety. It is not uncommon for dogs with stress to excessively lick or groom themselves. There are a lot of things you can do to calm your pets anxiety.
Toys – Give your dog some toys to play with when they are by themselves. Boredom can cause a lot of anxiety.
Exercise – One of the best ways to combat anxiety, so take your dog out for a run in the park or a walk down the street. It does both a body and mind good!
Behavioral Training – When you see your dog licking, immediately distract them with something else to do. Then give them a lot of praise, but only when they are not licking. This will help reinforce the non-licking behavior.
Bitter Apple – Some people use training aids such as Bitter Apple. They will apply a little to spot the dog is licking, in the aims that the yucky taste will be a deterrent. However, not all dogs mind the taste!
Natural Remedies – Lavendar sachets have been known for calming people and animals down, you can use lavender oil and put it on pillows, to add a nice calming smell to the air to help ease their nerves.
It is a good idea to talk to your New Mexico vet about what is the best course of treatment for addressing licking behavior. You vet can also look to see if it is indicative of an underlying health issue as well.