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Old 09-14-2005, 05:14 AM
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Default why does my chihuahua lick himself so much?

My dog, he's about 2.5 years old, licks himself every night, beginning at about the same time, for 3 or 4 hours straight. Does anybody know why he does this? He's neutered and we don't have any other pets. We walk him every day for about an hour, oftentimes in the early evening. H'es been doing this for the past few weeks. Does anybody else's chihuahua do this? Thanks for your help.
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I'm not sure why he does this really. Dogs can be very strange at times. Mine don't do that at all but Buster likes to 'clean' Mr. Peepers area alot.

BTW, I had to edit your post because of the sensitive word you used.
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Could be compulsive licking.
As long as he's not licking sores on himself, he should be ok. You might want to try to get him interested in something else when he starts licking. Give him something to chew on or play with.
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maybe a kong filled with cheese or soemthing would be good when he starts to lick.... he may have obsession compulsive disorder (yes, animals can get it) if he is causing hot spots then it's a problem, if it's taking over him doing other activities then it's a problem. you might need to try a spray like bitter apple but i watn you some dogs love the taste of that stuff lol.
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My Yorkie "God rest his soul" used to do this, he seemed to always clean himself like a cat. He had long hair so I figured he was just grooming himself.
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Chis are such funny critters. Milo and Simba (cat) take turns grooming each other. Its the funniest thing I have ever seen! Simba will put his paw on Milos head and gently push down till Milo rolls over and Milo will just lay down next to Simba and start grooming him. I think Milo thinks he is a cat and Simba thinks he is a chi. Simba does the same thing with Roxanne, the neighbor ladys chi. I would say that it is probably ok for your chi to do this as long as they are not showing signs of skin problems.

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Cooper is a compulsive licker but he doesn't lick himself... he licks ME. I've tried to break him of it but have been unsucessful with the exception of training him to stop when he hears "that's enough". He'll stop for 10 seconds then resumes the licking party.

Did anything in the house change before he started licking himself? Changing his food, cleaning products you use in the house, your shampoo, his shampoo ... anything like that can cause anxiety that would lead to behavior like that. My cat has an anxiety problem and will "cover up" things - imaginary and not - when something changes in our house.

Also, have you checked him for fleas? That could be it. Or a skin irritation. You might want to give him a bath using an oatmeal shampoo and see if that makes a difference. If it does, you would probably want to go to the vet and see if there's a skin irritation causing the licking.

Or he could be just a crazy chi licking machine. Redirecting him is your best bet but I don't know how well that will work... it doesn't work on mine
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Default Clarification on my original question

I just want to clarify that my original post didn't say he "licks himself." I appreciate the responses I've gotten in response to my question, but many of them miss the point because my dog doesn't just lick himself anywhere. For several hours every night, beginning at about the same time, he licks his "private parts." I hope this is more appropriate for a "mature" discussion. This is a serious question that I would like a response to. Should I be worried about him? Does anybody have any idea why he might be doing this? His behavior seems excessive. Thank you again for your help.
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