Why Your Dog Won’t Stop Licking His Private Parts
Being a pet owner for years, you may already know that your dog can have embarrassing habits. In your head, if you’re saying, “Yes, I know about that. My dog won’t stop licking his privates,” then you know what we are talking about. Is it possible to train your dog to stop doing this? Better yet, is there a medical reason why your dog won’t stop licking his private parts?
When it’s Normal for Your Dog to Lick His Privates
From sniffing someone’s behind to humping pillows, it may be strange to us but these are all normal doggie behaviors. Your dog licking his private parts is no different. Licking can be an act of grooming whether your dog does it on his coat or private region (it’s like how cats do it).
For example, your dog might lick his private parts after peeing just to clean that area up a bit. It’s the same when it comes out the other exit. When the stool is sticky or watery, your dog might give his back-end a lick or two to feel cleaner.
Despite this, it will depend on the frequency. If the licking is, indeed, for grooming purposes, then just a few times will do. However, in cases where your dog won’t stop licking his privates or does it more frequently than usual, then there could be an underlying cause such as a disease or a behavioral condition.
Special Note for Female Dogs
Do you have a female dog who constantly licks her private parts? It’s possible that she might be in heat. Check your dog’s vulva if it is swelling. It may even have a bit of bloody discharge as the heat period progresses. Check in with your vet to confirm the condition as well.
When it is Not Normal for Your Dog to Lick His Privates
As mentioned, a lot has to do with frequency. When you notice that your pet is doing some excessive licking, then you have to consider the following possible cases (physiological and behavioral):
- Infection of Any Kind (Commonly Urinary Tract Infection)
- Blocked Anal Glands
- Intestinal Parasites
- Fear or Stress
Definitely, you cannot diagnose these conditions on your own so it is best to visit your vet. He or she will do some laboratory procedures like stool exams, urinalysis as well as blood tests. Your vet might even need to do some draining, in the case of a blocked anal gland, or some deworming, in the case of parasites causing your dog’s anal discomfort and itching.
How Can You Differentiate Normal and Abnormal Licking?
Licking could be part of a bad habit in dogs. When your pet won’t stop licking his privates, then it’s a red flag. An immediate vet visit is warranted if the licking behavior is coupled with other alarming symptoms like swelling, skin discoloration, urinary frequency, straining when relieving himself, pustules, and rubbing his rectum on the ground.
How Can I Get My Dog to Stop Licking Himself?
If you don’t see any of the above-mentioned symptoms, it could be behavioral. Your dog might be stressed and is licking his privates to calm down or de-stress. Check all of the basics – enough food, water is accessible, regular walks are given, grooming is done regularly.
Make sure that you are meeting all of your dog’s basic needs. Of course, you shouldn’t forget the love aspect of it. Give your dog the attention he needs plus some good old TLC (tender, loving, care) so you can ensure that he is in a stress-free environment.
If the licking still persists, and it’s bothering you as a pet owner, you need to consider calling a behavioral specialist. A pet behaviorist will analyze what your dog may be thinking and give you an explanation, as well as a solution.