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. In the case of short dogs, height-wise it may be the only way they can get your attention regarding an issue they have e. Another reason dogs lick human feet is to gather information. A dog is able to use the millions of scent receptor cells in its nose and mouth to process information.
Does your dog lick your feet when you put them up on the coffee table? Maybe he follows you around the house, licking your feet whenever they slow down enough? Some people don't mind this canine behavior, but it really bothers other people. And if it doesn't upset you that your dog engages in foot-licking, it might really annoy your guests. Dogs lick things for a few reasons. For many, it starts when mother dogs lick their puppies.
The behaviour can seem a little strange to humans, but many dogs do enjoy licking feet, and it can be boggling to us as owners. When a dog performs an action like licking your feet or licking your ears , they typically get a response from you fairly quickly. What could have started out as an innocent curiosity or an accessible way to give you a kiss could have escalated into an action that your dog has learned will generate attention whenever they want. Your feet are likely the closest accessible body part to your dog, and this is the easiest way for them to give you kisses without straining themselves. Licking feet can also be a sign of submission from dogs, acknowledging that they consider you their Alpha. The endocrine glands on your feet — as well as your skin in general, which picks up dirt and particles as you go — are great sources of this information, so a dog licking your feet might just be them getting to know you.
Have you ever come home from work, take off your shoes and socks, and relaxed on the couch only to have your dog snuggle up to your legs and begin licking your feet? This odd and uncomfortable behavior may be one you want to train out of your dog, but before you do, you should know why your pet is licking your feet. Dogs look at your family as their pack and their owner s as the pack leader. Dogs who are naturally more submissive will demonstrate their submissiveness to the pack leader by licking their feet.
Why Does My Dog Lick My Feet? — American Kennel Club
For some dogs, licking feet can even reach the point of obsession, regardless of whether the toes in question just came from the gym or the shower. But what does it mean if your dog licks your feet? Is your pup trying to tell you something with his tongue, or is he just in the mood for a quick snack? Licking is a multipurpose behavior , and the motive behind it can be difficult to pin down — especially when your pup goes for the toes.
Dogs lick human feet for similar that reasons that dogs lick human faces. The two main reasons that a dog licks human feet are to indicate feelings, status and gather information. To show its acceptance in a human family, a dog will lick the feet of those people to whom the dog feels affection or submissive. By showing affection and submission, a dog may ensure its place in the family by showing acceptance of the social order in its home. As a human body secretes sweat, the sweat releases information about the individual that can be processed by the dog.
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. Understanding why your dog does what he does is critical in maintaining your bond and growing your friendship.