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Old 05-30-2007, 01:16 PM   #1
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I remember my last dog - When he was a puppy sometimes I would feel like pulling my hair out of my head he acted so naughty. Then somewhere at a year and a half all the naughty behavior was gone

My 8 month year old is smart, loving and over all a great dog. She will eat the carpet sometimes - small things if left out. Is she getting to old to be doing this? There are plenty of bones out and she gets plenty of exercise

Another problem is licking. I like to be licked but it gets excessive and very annoying. A friend came over and she would not stop licking him - I was embarrassed an he was annoyed. I feel mean to say stop - any suggestions.

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It sounds like your pup has actually reached the bratty teen stage. AND depending on the breed, it could last anywhere from 2 months to a year. At this point in their lives they are more likely to test you and your role as a leader. Be consistent and clear with your rules and you should come out on the other end just fine. As for the licking, what do you do when she licks? How does she act otherwise? Excited?
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That's what it sounds like to me too!
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That makes sense - she is a collie

At first when she licks I pet her but when it goes on and on I try and ignore it for as much as I can then push her away. She is very excited when she licks

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The trick is to make it unpleasent for her. so if youre sitting and she decides to have a lick, stand up and walk away. Keep doing this and she will get the message that you dont want her to lick.

My 14 month old puppy is a really licky dog too. But only when shes excited. Once she calms down she just likes getting a cuddle.
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That makes sense - she is a collie

At first when she licks I pet her but when it goes on and on I try and ignore it for as much as I can then push her away. She is very excited when she licks
Have you tried saying a key word like "enough" and getting up and totally walking away and ignoring?
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Be careful with punishing licking - for many dogs it is an appeasement (sp?) behaviour so the more you ignore or punish, the more they feel the need to appease.

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That's true. Didn't think of that one .

How about arming yourself with a peanut butter stuffed kong and re-direct her licking to the kong when you've had enough?
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I agree with Kaos,I have had a lot of Collies and they all seem to fawn on me usually it is appeasment[sp] it's also annoying ,maybe it's a Collie thing,but i have to say I LOVE THE BREED.Some one once said there just licking the salt off your skin

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Yes Boxmein I think redirecting onto a more appropriate activity is a good option for an 8 month old.

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