Hi, I'm new here, but I hope you can help me. My family are the proud owners of a 9 year old Norwich Terrier called Pepper. Lately, he has started licking things obsessively while out on his walks. The licking is something that he has done since he was about 1 - he started just darting his tounge out at a patch of wet grass, then moved on to fully licking things. We've always tried to discourage it, and until lately a "leave it" or clapping your hands gently above his head would jolt him away. He only used to do it a few times every walk, but as time has gone on we've found ourselves having to stop him more and more. This of course makes walk times rather frustrating! To make matters worse, he is now ignoring all our attempts to stop him. We have to physically pick him up and move him away from whatever it is that's so enticing (I dread to think!) and we're at our wits end. He loves his off lead walks and we'd hate to have him on the leash all the time, but that's the way it's heading. So for one, how do you stop a dog licking things while out on his walks? He doesn't enjoy toys very much, so distracting him is not an option, and he is on a diet so if we were going to use food we'd have to cut back on his meals. Secondly, I know that some of you are going to suggest a muzzle. We have considered this, but a) are not sure how he'll take to it, and b) are wary of other dog owners thinking he's agressive. Is there such a thing as a band muzzle (like a headcollar without the lead) that we could use, which would be more subtle, and still let him breathe but stop him licking? Any help you can offer would be most useful. He was at the vets about 3 months ago and they said that he was healthy, but I am also aware that a change in behaviour can be a sign of an underlying problem.