A couple months ago Jack started licking fabric. Usually the sofa covers, but sometimes the rug.
I know dogs can develop obsessive-compulsive disorders, but he does not seem stressed or obsessed when he does this. He's very relaxed, actually, and sometimes I'll think he's just dozing and when he gets up I see he licked a nice damp spot on my couch.
He's always been a very busy dog, difficult to keep entertained and not one to lie down and relax. He has always liked fabric and when he was little he'd sort of suck on his towels. We get him the fake sheep-skin stufffingless squeaky toys, and he'll lay down with one and just mouth at it instead of chewing a bone. I get the feeling he's just bored; Maddie will hang out and lie around in the evening but Jack nearly always needs to be doing something if he's awake. However, he's such a mooch for food it's also possible that he smells a spot where a crumb was or something and just licks it til any chance of finding more food is totally gone.
Any ideas what I should do? Just ignore it? Or correct him? If I notice it and stop him, he'll stop.
This isn't something he's laying around doing for hours at a time or anything. Maybe once a day I'll find a damp spot or two on the furniture covers.
Does anyone else's dog do this? Any input would be greatly appreciated!
Oh, and I wanted to add that this is NOT an anxiety thing. Jack is about the least anxious dog I ever met. Busy and involved, yes. Anxious? Not even a teensy bit. People always comment on how relaxed he is.