How can I get my dog to stop licking the carpet?

Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra – my dog licks the carpet all the time, he is 14 and it is getting worse. He will not stop licking, licking and more licking, please help me, my wife is running out of patience.


Lalo Basurto


Hi – thanks for your email Lalo. You wrote that your 14-year-old dog has a long history of licking the carpet that has gotten worse. That is tough – especially if it has been going on for 14 years!

You can consult a behaviorist on additional tips but I'll give you some thoughts and ideas. Some you may have already tried.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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