You head to your bedroom to get changed but on the way you encounter your canine friend. Who, goes straight for your feet and starts licking them. Your lovely clean feet now have the odd dog hair protruding from them and smell interesting, to say the least.
Every time I go home to visit my parents, I'm greeted by our Labrador mix, Scout, who has to lick my entire face for several minutes before she calms down. As someone who writes a lot about germs, I know that it's probably not the best idea, but feeling loved by a dog is the best feeling ever. Seriously, who doesn't love puppy kisses?
Plenty of owners observe this common behavior in their dogs and wonder if they should be concerned. In some cases, dogs will gently but insistently lick one or both paws, but other canines will go so far as to chew on their toes, which can be disconcerting for any pet owner. The short answer is yes.
Adrienne is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant, former veterinary assistant, and the author of "Brain Training for Dogs. It is very frustrating when you watch your dog incessantly and obsessively licking their paws, especially when they lose interest in everything around them. There are specific reasons for this behavior, and it is up to you, as the owner, to try to figure out what the problem may be. If the behavior appears suddenly, continues for an extended period of time, or is accompanied by bleeding, swelling, limping, or odor, the best thing to do is to see a veterinarian and have them do the investigative work with the right diagnostic tools.
Dogs do things that we might not love, and licking our feet is one of those things. We should never forget that our dogs are designed to communicate with others without using words. Communicating with dogs is like trying to learn a foreign language, only harder… because even the familiar letters are absent.
Paw licking in dogs is one of those behaviors that may occur occasionally or in some dogs may occur a whole lot, but why do dogs lick their paws in their first place? Paw licking is one of those behaviors that you need to watch carefully because its meaning may vary based on context. Is your dog licking gently, or is he licking aggressively and it is difficult to distract him?
Have you ever wondered: why does my dog lick my feet? For some owners, this behavior may seem odd. But licking is a perfectly normal behavior for dogs. They lick to communicate and to take in their surroundings.
Dogs lick food bowls, other dogs and even themselves, but why do they lick our feet? One of the main reasons a dog will lick a persons feet is to indicate their submissiveness to their master. By displaying this act of domesticity and submission, the dog may ensure its place in the family by accepting the social order of the home.