Why Do Dogs Lick Their Feet

Dogs lick because this is an instinctive behavior of canines. Apparently the tendency to lick begins from puppyhood. Mother dogs lick the puppies clean but licking is also done to promote urination and defecation. Licking is also done by puppies to ask the mother dog to allow them to nurse. When the puppies get older, the licking is done to ask the mother dog to regurgitate food. Licking has another purpose, when puppies lick each other, the bond between the littermates is developed.

The tendency to lick will remain even if the dog matures. Dogs are commonly seen licking the human family to show affection. Dogs not only lick humans and other dogs as they are also seen licking themselves. Most dog owners would complain about the dog’s habit of licking the paws. Dogs have the inclination to wander and the paws that are being licked may have stepped on disgusting things. A dog owner would certainly be annoyed if the pet that has stepped on feces would lick the paw clean and then deliver sloppy kisses to its owner.

Dogs have various reasons for licking the feet. Dogs are active animals and they do not spend a lot of their time grooming but the dog will be seen licking a dirty feet too. Dogs are very loyal to humans but these animals have the inclination to love things that humans hate. Dogs seem to have an unexplainable fondness for the dirty things that are lodged between its paws. Dogs have another reason for licking the feet – pain. A dog’s feet would always be injured by thorns and splinters because these animals have the inclination to wander. The dog will simply lick the injured paw to alleviate the pain.

Boredom and anxiety are other reasons why dogs would lick the feet. Licking the feet is for dogs while nail biting is for humans. It seems that anxiety is eased if the feet is licked. Bored dogs would need something to occupy their time and in the absence of toys, the dog will lick the feet.

Owners would naturally prefer a dog that licks the feet than one that is being destructive. However, constant worrying of the feet can result to raw and bleeding skin. Excessive licking of the feet must be stop before it turns into an addicting habit as the feet that is constantly licked can have hard to cure granulomas.

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