Excessive border collie licking
Excessive border collie licking
I’m sure it’s happened that you go to see a friend and as soon as you open the door, a dog comes out and starts licking your face like crazy. Or maybe you yourself have a dog that needs to lick you every time you come home or when you pet it. This is a habit that all breeds have, even border collies. What you need to know is that it’s perfectly normal for a border collie to lick himself because it’s his way of greeting you, although not everyone thinks the same way. That’s why you should never punish him for it.
Border Collies use their tongue to explore the environment in which they live. That is why this part of their body is vital to them. They use it to taste food, discover new animals and people, and show their love. But sometimes border collie licking can be quite annoying when it suddenly appears out of nowhere and starts showing its affection.
For this reason, you need to start understanding your border collie’s licking habit. In most cases, this means that he is gentle, but the meaning is not always the same. It can also be a sign of different behaviors. You just have to watch his licking and find out why.
As stated above, a border collie would normally lick himself because he wants to be gentle and show his devotion and love. You can realize this because his body is relaxed and he has a happy and joyful mood. The dog may also lick because it is anxious or stressed. In case he feels unhappy because of a certain problem, he may become obsessed with such behavior. To help him get rid of this habit, you can take him out to do more exercise or you can give him more attention. In some rare cases, the dog may also lick people because it is spoiled.
Border collie licking can also cause some health problems. This can happen because you are not giving him enough water or the food you are giving him does not contain enough nutrients. Try to include more vitamins in his diet and always provide him with fresh water every day. He may also have ticks or worms. This often causes skin irritations that cause him to lick others. To avoid this, you should always give him anti-worm medication. For some people, not exactly owners, but visitors or friends, border collie licking can be quite disgusting. They often think that the canine bacteria can easily be transferred to them and thus get certain diseases. That is why you should try to change his behavior. You can’t stop him from licking, but you can curb this habit. This depends, of course, on the cause.
What you can do is go home a little earlier or just find some free moments to give him some time to play, groom and exercise. If your border collie licks you because it’s happy, let him do it and don’t punish him. But if you really don’t like it, you can change your body language and the dog will understand immediately. For example, you can walk away or you can say the command “No” every time he wants to lick you. Stay calm, don’t yell, and be patient until your border collie finally understands.
So every time you get annoyed by your border collie licking, you should remember that this is their natural behavior. However, if he licks you a lot more than usual, try to find out the reason and then solve the problem.
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