Apart from pica, dogs lick the floor and furniture because of stress, boredom, separation anxiety, or a nutrient deficiency.
Floor and furniture cover a wide range of items which you may likely see your dog licking. Here are some of the common items.
One main reason behind dogs licking the carpet often is because of the small amounts of food crumbs left on it.
Dogs will find these crumbs because of their wonderful sense of smell and will lick them off the carpet. You should make sure that there are no crumbs on the carpets and try as much as possible not to feed them there.
An allergy is another reason for dogs’ behavior to lick the carpet. Some dogs suffer from food allergies, such as dairy products, grains, beef, chicken eggs, or gluten. These allergens can cause intestinal problems to these furry companions. Hence, they will lick the carpet to relieve any stomach discomfort.
Switching from a diet of chicken and grain to a diet of beef and potato stops this licking behavior in some dogs. You should talk to your vet about a possible food allergy and the best food formula for your furry friend.
Other reasons can be behavioral issues at play. Your canine buddy may be getting nervous or anxious. Hence, they will lick the carpet because it calms their feelings.
Your dog can lick the baseboards for various medical, behavioral, or social reasons. This may be contrary to our expectations when one expects that baseboards should have no smell of ours and our pooch shouldn’t be licking them.
Due to medical conditions, dogs may lick unchewable objects like baseboards, and this can be an indication of a disease like pica. Pica is when your dog craves and chews things that are of no nutritive value.
It can also be behavioral, as a way of cleaning surfaces. This can happen if the baseboard is stained or has dirt.
Finally, social problems may also affect your pooch. For example, boredom, and separation anxiety can lead to licking behavior in dogs.
Your dog licks fabrics because they retain your smell and have not been washed for some time. This smell triggers your pooch’s licking behavior as a way to have you closer and to maintain a bond with you even when not present.
This is especially the case when your clothes are dirty or sweaty and retain your pheromones. They will lick off the dirt out of the clothing fabrics.
In extreme cases, dogs will lick fabrics because of medical reasons, such as nausea, cognitive dysfunction, gastrointestinal ailments, pica, or stress.
In the situation of stress, licking fabrics may be a way to soothe his feelings.
Other causes are social problems. For example, boredom, and separation anxiety can lead to licking behavior in dogs.