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    Atticus like his paws before he goes to sleep every single time. I freaked out thinking oh no food allergy but I realized it's only a mi ute or two before he passes out. I tried socks(big no-go) Then I started covering his paws until he went to sleep...his solution to that was just to lick my face...I started to put one of hs toys under hs head and that seemed to help, but he licks that too....like i said it's only right before he goes to sleep, the rest of the day hes fine

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    Awww, maybe he could be a thumbsucker!! I never thought of it that way LOL

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    Default Re: Licking= thumb sucking?

    Good observation! I always suspect allergies with paw licking, but if it's only as he's falling to sleep, maybe he's just calming himself!

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    Hopefully that's all it is, I thought that if it's a food allergy it would be constant throughout the day or at least after meal times...idk

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    Default Re: Licking= thumb sucking?

    when dogs lick they release endorphins in their brain an that makes them relax an feel good that's why some dogs lick all the time they like the feeling they get when they do it so he's probably doing that so he can get some good sleep its comforting to him.

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    Amber sucks on her hedgehog or her stuffed ducky. Just holds it and sucks on it and then she either goes to sleep or runs off for more play time.

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    It could be a food allergy but it can also just be an obsessive thing. My Samson is a paw licker for both reasons, obsessive tendencies and allergies.

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    You will soon find out that bullies are very OCD!!! Licking is one of the many OCD qualities that bullies can have. Maggie had it every night time, and if it wasn't her paw it was our comforter.

    Daddy licks his paws when he's "worried" about something. But it's not just licking .. there is all kinds of OCD traits you are going to discover!!! Linus I only just recently discovered freaks out when I move any piece of furniture around!!!

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    Oliver will lick the blankets on our bed when we go to bed at night. No other time. Usually when he gets put in the crate, we're leaving the house so I haven't noticed him doing it then and I know he doesn't do it when he's just snoozing around the house during the day, only when it's bedtime for everyone and he's on our bed. He'll also do it if I go in my room and lay down during the day too, so it's just the bed that triggers it, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loveabully View Post
    when dogs lick they release endorphins in their brain an that makes them relax an feel good that's why some dogs lick all the time they like the feeling they get when they do it so he's probably doing that so he can get some good sleep its comforting to him.
    that's interesting to know. Herman must be calm because he doesn't lick anything.... except when I tell him to stop biting something! Then he tests me by licking it quickly - getting one last taste of it.

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    Default Re: Licking= thumb sucking?

    Char does this too

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    Yup Brutus is a toal licker especially the couch or my pillow I always put my head or part of my body on a wet spot made by Brutus LOL
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