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My dog licks my hands when sitting on the couch with me and

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My dog licks my hands when sitting on the couch with me and at bed time. I've tried putting my hands under things and she gets upset until I let her lick me?? Whats up with that? (and no I don't soak my hands in hamburger [lol]).
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gray replied 4 years ago.
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Dr. Gray :

Hi there, I hope to help. How long has she done this?

Customer :

in the last 2 months it has gotten more persistent and frequent

Customer :

hello?

Dr. Gray :

hi sorry

Dr. Gray :

i had a connection issue

Dr. Gray :

have there been any diet changes recently?

Customer :

for six months she has been on Hills Prescription Diet r/d food

Dr. Gray :

is she overweight then?

Customer :

yes

Dr. Gray :

or why was the food started?

Dr. Gray :

does she lick everyone or just you?

Customer :

when she sleeps with one of my daughters or sits with her on the couch she does it to her as well

Dr. Gray :

It may be that she likes the salty taste of your skin, especially since she is on a restricted diet. She may also "remember" a time when you had something yummy on your handsforherto get a taste of. I find when dogs are on arestricted diettheyare much more interested in people food and scraps, even dogs who weren't previously. Has she lost weight using the r/d?

Customer :

yes she has lost about a half a pound so far, but what you say makes sense

Dr. Gray :

good luck with the weight loss!

Customer :

thank you for your help

Customer :

any suggestions on how to get her to stop?

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Expert:  Dr. Gray replied 4 years ago.
you could try low calorie treats to occupy her time such as baby carrots or ice cubes. also give her other things to occupy her need to lick/chew such as a toy or hard nylon bone.

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