Why Do Dogs Lick Couches?

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She is also a devoted couch licker. Seriously, she really gets after that couch. Look at her go!

So we got to wondering–

Why *do* some dogs just love to lick the couch?

You know the way you chew your fingernails or tap your feet, for really no reason at all? Some sources suggest that licking is your dog’s own version of these behaviors. If your pup is feeling a little bored and has a little energy to get out, they might take it up with their old buddy, the couch.


Others think your dog’s couch licking might be a canine form of OCD. If your dog is relentlessly licking any given surface they can find, you might want to take it up with your vet.


But the explanation that really delighted us the most?

Your flakes: they’re grrrreat!

As pups, your dog was groomed by their Mama. This grooming habit stays with your dog. So as Napa’s Daily Growl says: “Your dog may pick up smells or tastes of human skin particles on your couch, and begin licking the couch to clean – or groom – your tastes and smells as well.”


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Will Storie

5 years ago

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