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Every night my pups have a lick fest for about an hour (ears, privates) i hate it :x especially when company is over so they really hate the taste of that bitter apple stuff so i dab a little on the right places don't worry it is made for the skin well no lick fest for about 3 weeks. :tongue3:
 

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I know it may look weird in public, but I would be happy that your pups want to clean themselves. :D Also, I notice that chihuahuas tend to "groom" eachother and other dogs. I think it's cute. :lol:
 

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Yes I think you are lol

What they are doing is totally normally - they are having a wash and washing each other - if you have visitors over and they are offended by dogs cleaning themselves I wouldnt invite those visitors again :lol:
 

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I'm confused ... are they licking each other or licking you and your guests?

If they're licking each other, I'd just put them in another room if you don't want your guests to see it. Like everyone else said, it's a natural behavior for them to clean themselves and each other. By putting the bitter apple on the dogs, you're not allowing them to do what comes natural.

I hope you're not dabbing bitter apple on your guests, either! :lol:
 

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just leave them be, im sure your guests will understand. It nature after all even thought it makes you slightly red faced
 

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i know as a kid i had to wash my fash my face and hands before i whent to bed...
as 'gross' as you think it is it is perfectly natural and safe behaviour, not only is it their evening 'bath' but its also a bonding exprience and is a way of them reestablishing pack dominance.
ive noticed people tend to belive that in a multi dog household once the alpha is picked thats the way it stays but this isnt the case, every movement made by each dog in some way is responsive to pack behaviour and they are constantly reminding eachother where they stand, this bedtime cleaning behviour is also part of that. by making it icky for them your also confusing them. and it can cause confusion in the pack which can cause rifts and fights... so your best bet is to

get used to it...

if your guests have a problem with it just explain its their way of saying i love you. if they have such big problems with it...then why they in a house with dogs.

*NOTE: chihuahuas are NOT the only breed that does this, infact every species of animls that lives in groups will groom its pack/pride/flock mates. cats dogs birds monkey even humans...the only difference is we have opposable thumbs, they dont so they use the next best thing...their tounges.

sry im an animal behaviourist lol. does it show much?!
 

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Ozzy&Lily'sMom said:
Yes I think you are lol

What they are doing is totally normally - they are having a wash and washing each other - if you have visitors over and they are offended by dogs cleaning themselves I wouldnt invite those visitors again :lol:
I totally agree - Hey, you don't like my doggie's perfectly normal behavior, then don't come to my house! :lol:
 

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chimom said:
Ozzy&Lily'sMom said:
Yes I think you are lol

What they are doing is totally normally - they are having a wash and washing each other - if you have visitors over and they are offended by dogs cleaning themselves I wouldnt invite those visitors again :lol:
I totally agree - Hey, you don't like my doggie's perfectly normal behavior, then don't come to my house! :lol:
Exactly! :wave:
 

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jennifer said:
Every night my pups have a lick fest for about an hour (ears, privates) i hate it :x especially when company is over so they really hate the taste of that bitter apple stuff so i dab a little on the right places don't worry it is made for the skin well no lick fest for about 3 weeks. :tongue3:
I agree with the majority here,,,that's kind of mean. :cry: It sad to hear that you say "i hate it". What they are doing is very natural and very normal. I hope you will take to heart what everyone here has said and stop the bitter apple stuff....

Also, i think you already knew it was mean by the title you gave this post.
 

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My three will lie in a big pile and groom eachother for a half hour...lol.
I also think its totally cute. They dont have the ability to wash themselves like we do so this is how they clean themselves...you cannot keep them from doing this because its just what dogs do.

The problem is that we take our human emotions put it on the dogs...fact is that what we consider inapropriate behaviors is totally normal in the animal word. Not only does this help keep them clean but it is a way for animals to bond (foxy stole my fire...lol) You are basically telling your dog its wrong to clean themselves and you are punishing them for totally normal dog behaviors. How would u like it if someone took away your toilet paper and told you that you werent allowed to clean urself after you go potty or clean ur ears if you get some wax in it. Better yet, how would u like to be punished for trying to clean urself after u use the bathroom or take a shower. Dogs licking themselves is just like us taking a shower....a shower is the human way and licking is a dogs way....doesnt matter how gross u think it is...its normal.

I totally agree with foxy...I use to work for an animal behavorist and this is a very normal, very healthy thing your dogs are doing and it is very wrong for you to try to stop them. Dogs are in a constant state of establishing a pack order and this is one of the ways to do so. The less dominant ones will groom the dominant ones and so on...it establishes who is in charge, it also serves as a bonding experience....my oldest chi Tequila is the alpha, but she will still groom Ginger and Kylie because they are part of her pack. All three of them will try to groom me as well...lol. I will be sitting on the chair and Tequila will try to lick my ears, Ginger and Kylie try to lick my feet. I dont allow them to do this often because it tickles me but the reason the do this is not because they are showing effection...they are just letting me know that they see me as the alpha and this is a way to show their submissivness.

Again, please stop punishing your dogs for cleaning themselves. Its cruel.
 

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I am not saying they can't clean there selfs just don't spend allday cleaning each other.
 

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Your not understanding us.....its normal. My dogs in a day groom eachother about 1/4 to 1/2 the day. I am also sure they are not doing this for 24hrs.

Please take our advise, especially since we have an animal behaviorist telling u its normal. We are not trying to be mean but you are being cruel. If your chi's are grooming themselves then it needs to be done.

Also, if they are doing it a lot maybe they have something wrong...like allergies. If what you say is ture and they are doing it ALL DAY maybe they have allergies...but i highly doubt they do this all day.

They are probably bonding...either way you punishing them is not right...its wrong and it will cause behavioral problems later. Again would u like it if you were punished for cleaning urself...just think in a day how often u spend cleaning urself in one way or another, either by washing hands, face, while in the bathroom, showering, etc.....
 

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I have to agree it's normal and they're showing each other affection. My babies clean my hubby all about his face when he get's home. They're are some dogs that nervously lick I had a dog do that to his feet but I just let him he wasn't hurting anything. And exotic birds will pluck they're feathers out form nervousness but it doesn't sound to me like this is whats happening. You should just let them be and try not be annoyed by it :) You probably do things they get annoyed by too and they forgive you :)
 

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maybe if they seem to want to do that behavior, put them in a room so that they wont be seen, or in their crate. Then maybe they will get the hint that they can do it, just behind closed doors haha
 
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