About 2 weeks ago my 9 month old toy schnauzer began licking
my skin, my clothes, any/all of his paws
, the couch, the blanket or sheet he is on or available fabric. It has been "normal" for him to "mouth" me (simply hold my arm or hand in his mouth
) and/or lick one of his back paws for a minute when he is a little nervous that I may be leaving but this licking is glaringly new, frequent and unrelated to my leaving (since he can't lick me if I'm gone.) Playing with him (uh-oh) successfully
diverts him as do any of his numerous orally focused toys. This doesn't feel like a "play
with me" or "hey I want a toy" behavior
; it feels like a stress behavior. Aargh. The new "licking" is pretty intent: imagine a patch of beef gravy on his or my arm. No
schedule changes: (though I've been home this week providing more opportunities to be licked, but it began before this week.) Sodium deficiency? Boredom? Stress?