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Why do dogs lick my couch?

Started 1295470176.887 in Pet Lovers | Last reply 1295716415.223 by dreamytoo

I have two dogs. The 10 year old will occassionally lick our couch until there is a big wet spot. It is a microfiber upholstered (had to look up that spelling) couch. Now my 1 year old dog is starting to do the same thing. Anyone else have this problem or know why they would do this? It doesn't bother me too much, but if I could get them to stop, I would. Thanks for any responses.

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caligrl1295471076.2379049 PostsRegistered 7/17/2008

OMG! I thought you said crotch!! I never had a dog lick the furniture. Maybe there is food on it?? try spraying something like febreeze on that spot :-)

57babe1295471491.898638 PostsRegistered 8/21/2010

Get some of that two-sided sticky tape used to stop cats from scratching furniture, I'm sure if you put some of this on the spot where the dogs are licking, they will stop it. The tape is in the pet department of Walmart. I have it on my furniture. Works well to stop some of my cats from clawing, and it doesn't hurt the furniture.


twocent1295471669.00310246 PostsRegistered 1/5/2008
On 1/19/2011 caligrl said:

OMG! I thought you said crotch!! I never had a dog lick the furniture. Maybe there is food on it?? try spraying something like febreeze on that spot :-)

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curlywhite­dog1295471993.546576 PostsRegistered 6/2/2005Central NJ

My 19 month old Bichon does the same thing so I too would like to know why.

Maria

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redk9gal1295482266.3432266 PostsRegistered 6/22/2010Pennsylvania

My first thought is food was spilled at some point and they can still smell it. The other is your own odor. We do emit a scent and the dogs are picking up on that. Dogs who develope lick behaviors, will lick everything. Usually themselves first leading to sores and infections. But in your case I really believe it is a scent, food or otherwise they are picking up and for them it is an enjoyable scent! Try covering the area for a while and see what happens.

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Besottedwi­thEskies1295671633.6831358 PostsRegistered 5/19/2006

Must be some old smell or spill. My guys sometimes go to an area of the rug and smell, smell, smell. I finally bought some of the scent cleaner/remover at the pet store and it stopped.

Irshgrl312­011295671757.20714950 PostsRegistered 3/14/2006
On 1/19/2011 caligrl said:

OMG! I thought you said crotch!! I never had a dog lick the furniture. Maybe there is food on it?? try spraying something like febreeze on that spot :-)

I seriously spit out my drink when I read your post!!!! Too funny!

Brabls1295671929.9414740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007

Try having the couch professionally cleaned & deodorized. Will get rid of residue from spills, etc. & taste nasty.

darkpoet1295671942.11750 PostsRegistered 10/1/2010

Wow. You guys have some tasty couches. :)

Hyacinth B­ucket1295672060.183324 PostsRegistered 3/26/2009no where

It might be from the salt that humans deposit when they perspire.

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abbycat1295714657.444618 PostsRegistered 5/19/2007Maryland

I don't know, but my Molly does the same thing! Makes me think I should try it and see what's so tasty on it!

abby

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AuntG1295714974.896618 PostsRegistered 1/31/2009Wisconsin

That's nasty but my guess is that they can taste perspiration salt.

dreamytoo1295716415.221985 PostsRegistered 11/21/2007

My sibe has been doing this since he was a pup...he has licked multiple holes in 3 different oriental rugs, and licks the arm of the chair. The chair has washable slipcovers (IKEA) and they are washed and changed frequently. In his case I think he is a bit OCD, or it could be partial focal seizures - his eyes are not there when he is doing it, and we can't move him or stop him in any way.

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