Why does my dog always lick my bed sheets?

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Behavioral reasons for why a dog licks are far more common than medical reasons.

Dogs may lick because they like the salty taste of their owner's skin, as a sign of affection, or out of habit and boredom.

Licking can also be calming or soothing, much like when people receive a relaxing massage.

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Dogs often lick objects (pants, beds, walls, the ground) because they want to investigate a smell, but the smell is not strong enough.

On the other hand, if your dog is constantly and repeatedly licking the bed, for long periods of time, then your dog may be experiencing some form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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Dogs often lick objects (pants, beds, walls, the ground) because they want to investigate a smell, but the smell is not strong enough.

On the other hand, if your dog is constantly and repeatedly licking the bed, for long periods of time, then your dog may be experiencing some form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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Dogs often lick objects (pants, beds, walls, the ground) because they want to investigate a smell, but the smell is not strong enough.

On the other hand, if your dog is constantly and repeatedly licking the bed, for long periods of time, then your dog may be experiencing some form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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Some dogs lick because they have dental or other mouth pain.

Excessive licking can also be a sign of hunger — it's called an appetitive behavior.

On the behavior side of things, excessive licking might signal anxiety or some type of conflict.

Obviously, a veterinary exam can be a good idea.

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Dogs also lick because they like the taste of an owner's salty skin and out of habit.

Mostly, with domestic Dogs, it's a sign of affection.

Licking releases pleasurable endorphins which gives Dogs a feeling of comfort and pleasure — like the feeling people get when they are biting their nails — it relieves stress.

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Some dogs lick because they have dental or other mouth pain.

Excessive licking can also be a sign of hunger — it's called an appetitive behavior.

On the behavior side of things, excessive licking might signal anxiety or some type of conflict.

Obviously, a veterinary exam can be a good idea.

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A condition known as "pica" can drive people and animals to crave the oddest things.

Sometimes pica presents as an urge to lick metal or stone objects, and can be traced to some sort of mineral deficiency.

In other cases, the pica is related to obsessive/compulsive behavior.

It's important to stop the behavior.

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