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22 February 2005 @ 10:42 am
Help! Charlie LICKS ALL THE TIME. He licks everything! ...Us, the bedspread, himself, the carpet, chairs, his toys, the dresser, the wall, the sofa, us.... I understand that he wants our attention and likes to give us kisses, but it's to the point where we can't even attempt to pet him 'cuz he insists on licking the skin off our hands/arm. He also licks everything else insistently. Obviously I can't smear bitter-apple all over the apartment and myself. We've tried telling him "NO" and such. Nothing seems to be working. I don't mind if he licks his toys and such, but.... The other night he woke us up in the middle of his night, lapping at the wall. It's almost as if he goes into a trance when he's licking. When we tell him "NO" he pulls out of us and looks so scolded. I feel bad, but it's driving us nuts.

Does anyone else have this problem? What do you do?

On a lighter note...he's such a
Daddy's Doggie

I am feeling: annoyedOut of ideas.
I am listening to: Redemption ~Switchfoot
Sara Raesarakenobi on February 22nd, 2005 09:01 am (UTC)

Lucy does it i think partly to calm down but partly bwecause she is an annoying little (#*$&()*

you can use stuff called Apple Bitter to spray on stuff so it doesnt taste good (found in puppy training stuff... tastes bitter but doesn't make them sick or anything...) other than that... you could make a shake can by dropping a few pennies into an empty pop can and taping it shut so you can startle him so he stops.

we generally give Lucy something to play with or chew on and she stops. when she does it at night, i kick her :-p jk. Since I dont believe in hitting a dog, i wouldn't suggest that. But i've knocked her off the bed with my leg to get her to stop :-p don't mess with my sleep time.
Loving Life: Boston's Rulellinthesand on February 22nd, 2005 09:23 am (UTC)
Stitch does that but Lilo doesn't. We just figured it's because he's weird! hehehe No idea why - we just ignore it!
corinne davinacorinnadavina on February 22nd, 2005 09:24 am (UTC)
Emma loves to lick. She licks me, my parents, and my books, pretty much anything. We tell her no, bad, not that it really works. She does what she wants.
NH: The great...xsaltyx on February 22nd, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)
Cornholio licks everything. He'll leave big wet spots on the bed where he layed and licked. He hasn't actually been doing it much anymore, but I have no idea why. I guess he found it soothing.
Genevieve: I love my boston terrieralwaysgenevieve on February 22nd, 2005 10:05 am (UTC)
Hogs mom did this. Well I dont know about other things.. but humans.. she would constantly lick. Constant. It was really annoying actually.. the breeder never commented on it and i was praying here baby didnt turn out like that!! haha.

Im sorry i dont know what to do!
ryanruinsbickins on February 22nd, 2005 10:45 am (UTC)
I must be in the minority here becuase I love it when Buttons does it to me. She'll sit and lick my knee or something forever and I think it's the cutest thing ever. She used to lick big spots on the sheets, but she doesn't do it so much now. As she's gotten older, she's cut way back. Makes me a little sad. :(

Sorry, lol, that didn't really help, did it?
I'm just a girlcute_bunny on February 24th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
Me too I love Boston kisses!! :)
Kristenewitskristen on February 22nd, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)
My Boston is like that only with his butthole, nothing else!! He will leave big wet spots on the bed where he's laid and licked it. Heck, he even falls OFF of the bed while spinning around to lick it. I would maybe call a vet's office and talk to one of the receptionists. Maybe they could ask a vet about it and see what they have to say? I'd be very curious to hear what it could be. With mine, I even took him and had his anal glands expressed, and the day after it was done he still licked! Crazy Bostons.
A mass of walking contradictionsnickitty on February 22nd, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
Oh the cuteness!

One of the things we were taught in basic training (with another dog, but it suits this situation as well)... if the licking is done in part (to you and other humans) due to excitement at seeing you.. ignore the dog until he's a bit calmer before he is awarded with your attention.

It's a hard one, that's for sure, but it does work.
Lola: lucy saying ohloladewey on February 22nd, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
I've had 4 bostons.. our first didn't lick ever. Our second loved to lick feet. Our third licked but we would tell her no and she would stop. Our Lucy has licked most of the color off our mastiffs nose. No kidding... his nose was black now it's black on the edges and mauve in the center. LOL I don't have a cure except that as she's gotten older she isn't as insistent about licking. She will stick her tongue up your nose before you know what happened.
Lola: lucy saying ohloladewey on February 22nd, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
PS Charlie is adorable, Lucky Daddy
marisamardabar on February 22nd, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
I once had a shih tsu that actually removed the texture off a large area of wall from staying up at night licking it.

Sloan, my Boston, is quite affectionate to both animate and inanimate objects, but not quite that bad. I have been working on getting her to cut back by telling her "no" and snapping my fingers at her. Now I rarely have to say "no". She is learning that the snapping means quit licking (or chewing, or smacking), and it seems to be less harsh to her than constant verbal scoldings.

P.S. She is the very worst after I put scented lotion on...maybe everything in your place just smells too delicious!

P.P.S. What a doll!
Jenspecialmonkey on February 22nd, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
the only info i can give you on the licking is that telling him no is definitely not the way to go. It will actually make it worse, because I've read that one of the reasons dogs lick is to say "i'm sorry"... so it's similar to telling someone who always says "i'm sorry" to stop saying it, which makes them apologize again.. *chuckle*
Sara Raesarakenobi on February 24th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
it depends.. if its YOU then yea,.. don't say no, but the couch, the chair the sheets etc.... it stops them.
I'm just a girlcute_bunny on February 24th, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
I love it when Roxie gives me kisses!!! She doesn't really lick inanimate objects, but people or other animals she'll lick! That's actually one of the reasons why I chose her, because when I went to see her the first thing she did was give me big sloppy boston kisses! It does get annoying if I'm trying to actually DO something and she'll come up and give me kisses, but ususally if I say something like "No Kisses" and push her away, she'll stop. Or I have to get up and relocate myself to a spot where my face and hands are inaccessable to her!!