Every dog has a unique habit and behavior. Some of these things have become their routine and practice whenever they need to do something. And one of those manners that you might notice is your dog’s licking actions.
Although it may seem sweet and uncomfortable at the same time, this kind of behavior is relatively natural for dogs. When dogs are still puppies, their mother usually licked them to acknowledge the motion of love, cleanliness, and even provide affection.
With that, you can say that it becomes one of their norms whenever dogs wanted to show some of their feelings for their owners. This kind of gesture might be one of the processes to connect with all the people that they meet internally.
Aside from their sense of smell, their mouth is the sole way to explore the world. Besides, you might not know it, but sometimes your skin might feel tasty and delightful for your dog. Sounds creepy, but that’s a real thing that you should know.
However, while this kind of action might be a usual thing for your dogs, there are times that you are used to it, and there are times that it’s too much. So, to help you how to avoid or lessen this act, here are some ways for you to train your dog on how to train your dog not to lick.
How to Train Your Dog Not To Lick
There are a lot of methods that you can try for you to lessen your dog’s licking activity. One of the most common ways that people do is to ignore it. But, you can try this technique too and see if it will work out with your dog.
Yet, before starting, make sure that you know what your main goal is and how will you correctly do it. You need to define the task and prepare all the necessary things required before you begin the training.
Turn Away and Give a Treat
If you just arrived at the home and you know that your dog will greet you with a licking action, immediately turn your face away to prompt your dog not to lick your face. Right after your dog’s tongue did not reach your face, offer some treats, and pet them immediately.
Try and Look for other Options
Experiencing some challenges while doing this training is quite a natural thing. That’s why looking for some options like “shaking paws” or “sitting and petting” might be one of the best alternatives that you can try as a sign of greeting.
Practice and Maintain
Over time, your dog will eventually get used to the new kind of way of how to greet you. Keep practicing this method regularly, and you will surely achieve your goal. The good thing about this training is that your dog might also carry out this behavior towards other people.
Lastly, whenever your buddy did a great idea during the coaching process, never forget to treat your dog with a reward!
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Source: BC SPCA