Why does my dog lick the couch? Well, there could be a few reasons!
I like to lick a lot, but I only like to lick two things: my plate clean after a good meal, and I lick my humans to show them I love them.
I’m not really one of those dogs that are big into licking my toys or my fur or even my sleeping quarters, but let me tell you – I know loads of dogs who love to lick. They lick themselves. They lick their friends and family. They even lick the floor or bed. Does your dog do this? I’ve heard that one favorite licking spot of all dogs is the family couch. Weird, huh? Are you wondering “Why does my dog lick the couch like a maniac?” Well, there are a couple reasons why dogs lick in excess. Maybe one of these reasons will speak to your pup’s behavior.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Well, if your dog licks and licks and doesn’t stop even if you redirect her, there’s a good chance it’s an obsessive disorder. She will lick obsessively, and especially when stressed. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian right away if your dog is showing signs of obsessional behavior. You might also want to work with a trainer to redirect your furry friend, so the OCD doesn’t show up in different areas of her life as well.
Do you bite your nails? This is a stress-induced human habit that usually creates some form of comfort for the nail biter. Licking things, like couches, is a very similar habit in dogs. The act of licking, what dogs will do to other dogs in packs, comforts that dog enough to relax.
If your dog licks the bed before falling asleep, like my friends Lucy and Fenway, it’s probably just a nighttime habit she created over time. This is likely her version of counting sheep. I mean, why would a dog count sheep to fall asleep? Sounds a little silly, doesn’t it?
Does your dog get enough exercise and attention? If you work long hours and your dog is alone without much interaction, she’s probably super bored! Make sure to take the time to throw a ball around with your dog, take her to the dog park, or let her run loose in your yard. Dogs that are regularly bored can develop bad habits such as licking furniture and other items excessively.
After birth, a mother dog will groom her babies by licking them. This habit continues through adulthood as soon dogs begin to lick themselves in order to stay cleaning groomed. In the process of grooming herself, your dog may pick up smells or tastes of human skin particles on your couch, and begin licking the couch to clean – or groom – your tastes and smells as well.
Keep in mind, if your dog starts licking furniture or other items out of the blue, it’s always a good idea to speak with your veterinarian to rule out any medical or neurological issues. If you find your dog keeps licking the couch, be sure to keep an eye on her tongue. It should be just fine, but it’s always a good idea to make sure she doesn’t get any cuts or scrapes from excessive licking.
Have you ever wondered, “Why does my dog lick the couch all the time?” If so, let us know why you think your furry friend licks your living room furniture!
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