How to Stop Your Dog from Licking People

Understand why your dog licks people, as it can be a sign of affection, stress, or learned behavior.

Understand the Behavior

Offer appropriate chew toys or treats as a positive alternative to licking

Provide Alternatives

Teach your dog the 'leave it' command to discourage licking

Training 'Leave It

Establish clear boundaries with consistent verbal cues when your dog starts licking

Set Boundaries

Redirect your dog's attention to a favorite toy or activity when they try to lick people

Redirect Attention

Refrain from rewarding licking with attention to discourage the behavior

Ignore Licking Behavior

Praise and reward your dog when they refrain from licking

Reinforce Positive Behavior

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