By carlis from Clarkton, NC
This is for "hmmm" with the french Bulldog's breath and licking issues. Regarding the bad breath - can be readily attributed to the diet. We had that issue with our chihuahua, and changed her food to Neutro Chicken and oatmeal for sensitive stomachs. Her breath improved within a week, and we fed her nothing else. If she gets a treat, it is the Neutro brand and not much of those. Another brand I've heard about is called "Blue." A healthy brand dog food, no "people food" and a limited amount of treats.
The licking issue should at least be seen by a Vet, just to make sure it's not a physical problem. Then go from there. Some of the suggestions I've seen on this blog are worth noting, but a Vet is still the best place to start if you really want to get a handle on it.
Not sure about your dog, but I have a pekingnese whose tongue should belong in the Guiness Book of World Records. She does NOT like coffee. I take the grounds and rub them on her back to prevent her from licking and biting herself. For everyone else, we keep handy a cup with the scent. This took about a month. Now all I have to do is say the word coffee and she stops. Wish you the best of luck.
As I mentioned in another post today, take your dog to the vet. If it is a behavioral problem, or even if it is something treatable with medication, what the vet will likely do is put a pail or a cone on your dog's head so he won't be able to lick excessively. This is a very easy and inexpensive way to stop this problem. The dog won't be crazy about it, but it is better than licking his paws raw, and it certainly doesn't hurt him.
I saw this exact thing on the TV show "The dog Whisperer". On TV (the National Geographic channel) the dog had a nervous/obsessive issue. They stopped it right away, each time he started to lick, they'd distract him. It could take many weeks to change his ways. I agree with "Homestedingmom". Ask you vet. You might also find that TV show episode.
It could be several different things, he may have a behavioral issue, allergies, absesses. I would check with your vet to make sure he's ok :)
Our dog is an Australian Heeler and licks us all the time. How do you stop this?
Pat from Sagle, ID
We just gently but firmly say "NO" when she starts to lick and she knows. Sometimes she can't help herself and licks my toes if I am not fast enough. Just catch the dog when it starts to lick and quickly say "No", it should help. I hope so, good luck. (01/23/2006)
A submissive or subordinate dog will lick the mouth of an Alpha dog and if you watch puppies with their mother, you will see them licking her mouth. It's how dogs communicate. But if it bugs you, use the spray. (01/24/2006)
Behaviorally, he is like a mother, licks all of us, especially if he missed us. I personally don't care, I love kisses, but he responds very well to "No Lick" (saying it), and if he tries again, put up two fingers and repeat. (05/08/2006)
We believe it's either because she was neglected, abused, or taken away from her mother too soon. We got her from our friend's friend who we don't know. Our dog trusts us very much and does not behave weirdly at all. The only problem is the licking. Please, if a dog technician reads this, please help! (01/21/2009)
So, when I come home from work my apartment smells like her breath, which smells like death. I've tried the liquid product to put in her water, extremely temporary solution. I've come to terms with her breath smelling, but what can I do for her to stop licking her mouth like 40 times every minute? She used to not always do this. My cream french bulldog has no problem to even compare to her licking habit. Any suggestions are appreciated. (02/20/2009)
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