View Full Version : Extreme lickiness(!!)

04-19-2004, 08:29 PM
Does anybody else have a pup that is extremely licky?? Emerson has this thing with licking people and he just won't stop.

Whenever I bend over to tie my shoes he'll lick my chin, face, ears and hair. If I pay some attention to somebody other than him (Willow, Marigold, Malone) he's licking all over my legs and arms.

It's rather annoying after a while (!!) but I'm not sure if it is something I should tell him "NO!" in a firm voice. I HAVE done that a couple of times, and his feelings get very hurt. :( I try pushing him away, but he comes right back.

Is there an effective way to let him know that this isn't acceptable?? I don't want to punish him because I am thinking that this is a submissive trait, but I really do wish he would stop :p

04-19-2004, 08:34 PM
Awwwwwww! I think your crazy to want him to stop! lol Jasper is not licky at all and I wish he would give me kisses :(

I think its a lab thing :p my black lab was the same way right up until he was 8, he's probably just very lovable:D

04-19-2004, 08:38 PM
My friend's Golden Retriever is very "licky." You walk in the door and he's up in your face or licking your hands the second you try to pet him. I understand your complaint...it's really kind of annoying after awhile. Plus, I'm sure your guests won't enjoy it very much either. I wish I could offer some help, but I'm clueless...:p

04-19-2004, 08:40 PM
Josie is lick-crazy. lol. She licks clothes, feet, hands, it's crazy lol. :rolleyes: Silly girl...she should learn she might die by licking some peoples feet :o :p

04-19-2004, 08:45 PM
Originally posted by slleipnir
Josie is lick-crazy. lol. She licks clothes, feet, hands, it's crazy lol. :rolleyes: Silly girl...she should learn she might die by licking some peoples feet :o :p

I think Emerson agrees wth Josie -- the smellier the better! yuk! :o

04-19-2004, 08:48 PM
I never had that with any of my dogs so I am no help at all. Bella as a puppy was very mouthy, constantly nibbling on me, and I couldn't wait until she outgrew it. :rolleyes: Maybe that will be the case with Emerson. :)

04-19-2004, 08:51 PM
Ginger is the same way:rolleyes: So I know how you feel. LOL she thinks she has to be in your lap constantly trying to lick you in the mouth. And yes it can get annoying sometimes.

She doesn't just try to kiss you on the mouth either. She'll kiss your hands,feet, legs, arms, clothes, ears, where ever she can get you. I know she loves everyone! Her tongue is always going mile a minute.

Josie isn't as bad about it but she will lick you when she gets in the mood to lick. Usually she goes for the hands and feet. Everyonce in awhile she'll go for the face or ears. LOL I remember when on our ride home. She was licking my hands like crazy!

04-19-2004, 08:56 PM
Smokey is like that if he's bored & wants me to play a game
with him or pet him. I grab a ball to throw or a toy to get him
interested in & he's fine. He forget's the licking & just plays.:D

The only other time he gets licky, or mouthy is when he's tired.
I talk to him & rub his chest and he relaxes & will usually go to

04-19-2004, 09:07 PM
Sadie is one of the lickingest dogs I have ever ever ever met!! And I'm sure all those who have met her would agree!!

What has helped (some) with her is to teach her to give kisses. Then when she goes overboard you can tell her "no kisses". Sometimes she stops...other times, you have to push her away and tell her "no kisses" a few times, but she eventually gets the hint!!!

04-19-2004, 11:18 PM
You want to talk about licky try a newfy they have 3 foot tongues you have to bob and weave to miss getting smacked one.

04-19-2004, 11:19 PM
Nala loves to lick hands, legs, feet, toes, arms, - EVERYTHING but your face!

Sometime's she'll just come up to me and lick my arm. Normally that means she wants to go outside... I think it's so cute. :p

04-19-2004, 11:25 PM
Mine aren't big lickers, but they will occasionally. Molly's a big nibbler though; always has been. It doesn't hurt, and she does it when she's either happy/excited. :p

04-19-2004, 11:35 PM
Buffy my chihuahua is a big licker, she licks my ears, my face and when she licks my face she trys to stick her tougue right up my nose! I usually cover my nose, well gee, I am ticklish there. She licks my legs, my arms, and my hands. Dana, the Rottweiler, loves to lick too, but she don't try to lick my face. When these guys starts licking my legs I just about go to sleep. What a great way to get a massage!

I guess I have a very weird combination of dogs, a chihuahua and a Rottweiler. But it works!!


04-20-2004, 07:27 AM
Two of our four, Honey and Lilly, are "lickers". I guess I've just gotten used to it, but sometimes I do say "please stop". :p My husband hates it, and they mostly do it when he is dressed up for a meeting or church and they lick his pants!!!! :eek:

Murphy and Zipper don't lick for some reason. Go figure!


04-20-2004, 08:23 AM
My FizzGigg has "Obsesive Complosive Licking Disorder":D :D :D He will lick you NON:eek: Stop:eek:

4 Dog Mother
04-20-2004, 08:45 AM
What has helped (some) with her is to teach her to give kisses. Then when she goes overboard you can tell her "no kisses". Sometimes she stops...other times, you have to push her away and tell her "no kisses" a few times, but she eventually gets the hint!!!
Yeah right! This is Amy's poor brother being attacked by Sadie.

I think Amy has it wrong. Snoopy is the lickingest dog around. He licks everyone and every dog. He cleans all the dogs ears and would lick you all day if you would allow it. He acts like his feelings are hurt but I just look him in the eye and say No more licking and he knows what I mean and will usually stop.

Dazzi licks occasionally but mostly on the arms for some reason.

Kona & Oreo's mom
04-20-2004, 10:08 AM
Oreo is also very licky! (Maybe it is a black lab thing :) ) Pushing her away made her even worse--she thought we were playing and licked more frantically! We figured out that she was being pushy trying to get our attention, and her training helped solve the problem a lot.

We taught her that sitting nicely was a good behavior that brought her attention and praise. Jumping and licking were behaviors that made us cross our arms, look away, and turn our backs (ignore her). She finally realized that she needed to sit to get what she wanted in the first place. So in effect, we replaced the licking with sitting. (Now, whenever she wants something really badly from us, she sits to ask "please!!!!")

Since Emerson's still a puppy, I'll bet he learns this in no time! :)

04-20-2004, 10:44 AM
Cassius is a licker too, and he's some kind of mix of maybe sheltie, maybe keeshond, maybe elkhound (we're still trying to figure it out). If I tell him "no lickie" he'll give me an extremely wounded look and stop, and go lick someone else :D dog or human, it doesn't really matter to him.

04-20-2004, 06:00 PM
For some reason none of mine are really lickers so I really don't have any suggestions.

Amy & Diana, I can testify that both Sadie & Spot are both lickers! I got quite a few kisses from them both on Sunday:p

04-20-2004, 06:50 PM
Well, I'm very glad to know that Emmers isn't the only licker! ;)

I'm going to try the "No Kisses" and ignoring him.

Thanks for the tips!! Emerson sends licky kisses to you all, and LOTS of them!! :p:p :p

04-20-2004, 06:55 PM
I'll gladly accept each and every kiss! :p ;) :D

04-20-2004, 07:12 PM
I completely know what you all mean. Bailey is EXTREMELY licky. She will lick legs, feet, hands, and faces. She will lick almost every dog at the dog park...on the mouth. To the point the dogs will pretty much be spinning in circles to get away from her.

When she's at home, she really loves to lick my husband's head. I think it's adorable, he thinks it's gross, but yet he won't move from where he's sitting and she'll keep licking. Her longest licking session on his head is 10 minutes straight.

If she can't lick my husband's head, she'll settle for pinning Guinness down and cleaning his ears. Then she'll start licking the top of his head. The whole time he has this look on his face like "Eeeewwww. Mom, make her stop!"

The only thing that works is re-directing her attention. We tell her no and we direct her to a bone or ball to play with.