Niko is a massive licker...of EVERYTHING!!! Hands, feet, face, under fingernails, Sasha's ears, Sasha's teeth, the cats butt, the hardwood floor and herself all the time!! She will lick you if you stop petting her (very good at the passive dominance).
Is this a shiba thing or a Niko thing? I love kisses but I love when they are controlled(haha...controlled....shiba....hahahaha...)
My Anakin likes to lick occasionally. Bath water (from wet skin), the blankets, carpets, the sofa, tile floors....
Annoyingly, due to his allergies, my dog will lick himself a bald spot. Usually, he does his just above his tail. Every year he goes back to the vet for this, and every year they tell me that there's nothing that they can do, and to give him his allergy medication the way that I do.
Personally, I'd prefer him to lick the blankets, and bedsheets, and sofa.... LOL
Kaia has allergies too - to corn. When she eats anything with corn in it she will lick herself till she has a "Hot Spot". When we switched her to a more holistic diet (years ago) the "Hot Spot" licking completely stopped.
What do you feed Anakin?
Like Nemo and Maui, Anakin sends himself into the "licking trance", too. I'll normally snap my fingers at him and after a few tries, he'll glance up and give me a dirty look. As if *I* am the one doing something annoying! (Does anyone else's Shiba slurp, smack and make noise while licking? It sounds gross.)
As far as feeding Anakin... like most people, I thought that dog food brands such as Iams and Purina were best. So, that is what Anakin has been eating. Of course, he does get fish occasionally, and chicken...no red meat, pork, or turkey though. I also feed him green beans, carrots and/or peas occasionally, as he seems to enjoy them. I realize that I should probably switch him to a better food, I just have to find one that I'll be able to find in my area and stick to purchasing. I'm torn at the moment between holistic dog food and the food that my veterinarian suggests that will supposedly help his hip problems...
Yes Nemo slurps like crazy when he is licking. It's an awful sound.
Red meat, pork and turkey are fine for your boy if you want to feed them to him, even raw. Obviously not to much if he is also on kibble. The veggies you are feeding him are also ones that are good for dogs.
You will want to put him on a better food, instead of one from your vet (they are paid to have foods in their office) go with something better. There are a lot of food related discussions on here, read them over. There are so many good brands of dog food out there these days they just don't have the money for advertising that purina and iams have. Also get a subscription to the Whole Dog Journal for keeping up on healthy, natural, and effective ways to feed, train and care for your dog. They release a food review every year that is very helpful.
As far as something for his hips, just get him a glucosamine suppliment. You can use ones from walgreens (for humans) or buy dog specific ones. There are many, many brands and formulas. I use Arthogen and Nemo has any bad effects from his luxating patella.
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