Ask the vet: carpet licker

RACQ, in partnership with Animal Welfare League Queensland, can help solve your pet problems.

RACQ, in partnership with Animal Welfare League Queensland, can help solve your pet problems.

Got a curly problem with your favourite pooch? Is your cat being too catty?

While animals can bring much joy into our lives, they are not always problem free. If there is an animal issue that you need help to solve, send your question to via RACQ to the Animal Welfare League Queensland experts, to find the answer.

Carpet licker

It sounds strange, but my dog is obsessed with licking carpet! How do I get him to stop? He has been doing this since we got him two years ago from a dachshund rescue organisation. Zeus is four years old.

AWLQ Experts say

Most would diagnose this as an obsessive-compulsive disorder. However before doing so, I would recommend your vet look at Zeus to check for possible Gastro intestinal disease or other medical related issues that may cause the excessive licking of surfaces.

Crop circles

My seven-year-old border collie Pepper does crop circles for about one hour before sunset every day, regardless of how much exercise she gets. We have owned her for 18 months and this is something she has done since she came to us.

AWLQ Experts say

Does anything happen just before sunset that is likely to trigger the crop circle behaviour? For example, bats flying over, birds in the area, common suburban noises. Finding a specific trigger will help create a behaviour modification plan for Pepper. In the meantime, a management plan would help. Not allowing the dog to exhibit the unwanted behaviour will stop it from strengthening. Maybe walking the dog at sunset, doing some training or quiet time inside. Giving her something else to focus on in place of the stimulus that results in the dog doing crop circles. Keep in mind Pepper has been displaying this behaviour for 18 months and therefore may the equivalent amount of time may be required to undo the behaviour.

What’s your question?

Send your pet questions to and Animal Welfare League Queensland‘s experts will provide the answers. Letters will not receive an individual reply and should be no more than 120 words.

AWLQ work with local councils, state government, rescue groups and the community to improve the outcomes for stray and surrendered pets.