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Betsy has always been a licker. When we rescued her, she was about 4 years old, was terrified of other dogs, but seemed to like people. If you fuss her, or talk to her, she has to lick you. In the morning she sits on the bed next to my husband & constantly tries to lick him until he says 'enough Betsy' & she goes to lay down. If anyone talks to her, she will lick them, it's like an obsession now, I know licking can be a sign of stress, but she's quite a chilled dog. I mention this now, because my husband just made a fuss of her (which she loves) & she just kept trying to lick him, he said he doesn't think she ever will stop that behaviour. I think he may be right, what do others think? (Just realised I have used 'lick' way too many times in this post!! :D )
 

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Some dogs are just licky. If she's not doing it to herself to the point of skin problems, she's probably doing it because delicious salty human taste + it gets her affection and attention. She might just enjoy it! If it's not causing any harm I wouldn't worry about it much. Some dogs just want to give you a good thorough spit shine.
 

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I have a licker too! If anyone shows her attention it usually goes straight to licking. Sometimes even when no one shows her attention. When I visit my parents, she likes to do a drive-by lick on my dad. Just walk by, give one arm lick, and continue on. I'm also constantly warning new people that she goes straight for the face. If that means knocking you over in the process so be it (we're working on the jumping).

Unfortunately she also likes to lick things and not just people. This morning I woke up to her licking the other side of my pillow. And more than once I've rolled over and placed my head on a nice soggy side of the pillow. Ughhh.

I try to stop her licking things, but I don't worry too much about people. For one thing, there are too many more important behavioral things we're working on. Licking people doesn't really cause us any problems and I just see it as part of her personality. I think she'll always be a licker.
 

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Yep, my boy's a licker too. I don't mind it, personally :) My favorite is when he gets a drink of cold water, and then immediately comes over to lick my arms or legs.

Is it weird that I find it soothing? Haha.
 

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I'm not worried about it, as she seems to be a happy dog in general. I think it's more of a habit tbh. @sydbobyd Haha!! Betsy does the 'drive-by' lick too, just when you're least expecting it & she loves to lick my pillow just after I have gotten up!!!
 

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Zoey is an insane licker. It was a shock after having Kasper for two years who will only lick you if you have a food smudge on your skin :eyeroll:

Whereas Zoey *loooves* to lick people. Anywhere and everywhere, but face kisses are her favourite. She really likes licking in our mouths (always accidental, eg. if we're laughing or yawning). I let her give me a few kisses then get her to quit (not a HUGE fan of a huge slobbery hot tongue all over my face :p ) whereas my bf lets her slather kisses all over his face...ewww XD
 

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Somehow, i managed to get 3 lickers. And i don't appreciate licking. I don't allow it but it's just an uphill battle and I'll never win. I do manage to keep it down, and one of them is pretty good about it. But I've settled for the fact that ill always get some licking.
 
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