04-17-2013, 11:42 AM
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Obsessive licking in bed, waking up in middle of the night
Our dog has gotten into a habit of obsessively licking our bed. She usually starts by grooming her paws but then moves to the bed and will continue to lick for a while if we don't stop her. It's gross (big wet spots) and loud (keeps me awake). She will usually stop if we give her a chew toy, but that's loud as well. She usually does this as we are going to bed for ~10-15 minutes. Lately she's been waking up around 3-4am (about 6 hours after we go to sleep) and starts doing it again for a while. Sometimes she will stop if I pick her up and move her to a different spot in the bed, sometimes not. As far as I can tell she never does this when we are not in the bed with her. She occasionally has the same behavior when we are on the couch, but not quite as bad. She's been sleeping in our bed for about 10 months, but I think she's only been licking like this for 3-4.
Activity - most work days she has 3 good walks and 2 quick pee walks. Weekends we spend a lot of time in the park. However even on days when we go to the park for a loong time (and she is exhausted at the end of the day) she still will wake up in the middle of the night. She'll be passed out on the couch before bed, but once we get into bed it's licking time!
Stress - Our cat tries to beat her up pretty often, but he's fine at night. So not sure if it's related.
Does anyone have any ideas?
Thanks in advance