Why Does My Dog Lick The Carpet?

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  • Close confinement

  • Chaining

  • Positioning for status

  • Changes to an established social structure

  • Separation

  • Unpredictable or uncontrollable environments

Common OCD behaviors include

  • Tail-chasing

  • Fly snapping

  • Shadow chasing

  • Air licking

  • Skin sucking

  • Licking

  • Barking


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Breeds predisposed to OCD

  • Doberman Pinschers

  • Bull Terriers

  • German Shepherds

  • Miniature Schnauzers

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

  • Bernese Mountain Dog

  • Retrievers

  • Herding Breeds

  • Pomeranians

Retrievers and herders have statistically been shown to have a predisposition to OCD. However, any breed can be affected by OCD. If you suspect that your dog is suffering from OCD the best course of action is to seek individualized care from your vet.

Is It A Quirk or Something More?

Most dogs appear to be bouncy and happy, but they can suffer from mental illnesses just like any other animal or human. You may not always be able to ensure that your dog is the epitome of perfect health, but knowing some of the common causes behind odd behaviors such as licking the carpet can help you be more aware of what is and is not normal for your pet. This awareness can help you identify when a behavior transitions from an odd quirk to a concerning symptom. Every dog is unique,  while OCD and an unbalanced diet are two of them most common causes for excessive carpet licking, other causes could be to blame for your dog’s new unique habit. When in doubt we always recommend checking with your veterinarian to find the source of your dog’s carpet licking.


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