I have 2 Cavaliers: one is 13 an the other is 16 months. I would really like some advice on what to do to stop some obsessive licking that both seem to have, especially the crate licking my 16 month old is doing.
Here is the background:
I'm not sure when it started with my older Cavalier (maybe 2 years ago?) but he started licking the kitchen area rugs. I really didn't think too much of it but it turned into a morning ritual of licking these rugs and the carpet around our family room chairs. I'm sure there must be some food smells there... but honestly, my husband is a clean freak and we vacuum daily. So I really don't think there is a lot of food/crumbs on the floor.
I've become more concern because my "baby" cavalier is doing the same thing. It is limited to the same space. Both now do this when I'm in the kitchen- breakfast, lunch, dinner. They don't go there on their own but they both lick the family room carpets in the morning (occasionally at other times).
The younger cavalier also likes to lick his crate doors in the morning. It is really this behavior that is driving me to ask questions about this. On weekends, he knows that 5:30-6:00 am is the time to get up and he starts licking his crate. At first it was mild but now he does this until I get him out of the crate. I have tried relocating the crate (which results in digging the crate - very noisy), I have shaken the crate and I have "thumped" the crate with a pillow. None of these corrective actions result in a change of behavior. I have kept this up for 30 minutes too. A few weeks ago I was sick and needed to sleep in a chair to be able to breathe. I let him sleep on my lap and I had no issues with the licking.
I'm hoping someone has a solution for me. I don't want to put him in our bed. I also can't stand the licking noise at 6:00 am on Saturday and Sunday morning.