Why Do Dogs Lick Feet?
Your dog can make you feel affectionate towards it by licking your feet which is great for your relationship with your dog. The activity of licking a human’s feet can draw a dog closer to its family. Some people’s feet sweat more than others which can attract a dog’s attention to the sweatier feet.
Whether it is for the sweat, sebum, affection or social status, when a dog licks human feet, it can cause a positive reaction from the human whose foot is being licked. As a social message, licking a human’s foot can be effective for increasing a dog’s acceptance in its family because of the apparent affection that the dog’s has for its human masters.
Finally, another reason for licking is that the dog has been unintentionally trained to compulsively lick. He has learned that by licking, he can get almost anything he wants – especially attention from you. Even though you may have tried to discourage him, he’s been interpreting your actions as even more fun and attention. Sometimes, it just develops into a habit. Your dog continues licking because he likes it, and he thinks you like it too. It is perfectly normal for dogs to express affection in this manner.
Why Dogs Lick Their Own Feet
This could be because of allergies to something in the air or something that is being fed to him. For example, Bunk was licking is feet to the point that we found scabs on him from it. We took him to the vet who told us to feed him ½ a Benadryl every day. That took care of it.
If you walk your dog over or near fields, then there’s a good chance that your dog has harvest or some other similar mites living between his or her feet. The warm damp environment between the toes is an ideal living/breeding ground. If your dog has only just started biting its paws, then act as soon as you can and either spray or bathe your dog’s feet with a anti-flea mite spray or shampoo. However, check to make certain that the skin isn’t broken otherwise you could cause your dog some harm and discomfort. As well as applying some form of antipest lotion, you should bathe your dog’s paws in a mild antiseptic solution; you may also find that using an over-the-counter hydrocortozine cream (as used by humans is fine) will help the itching/healing. If you don’t cure the problem, it can go on to cause serious discomfort such as calluses and open wounds. After a time, some dogs become fixated and lick their paws constantly until it becomes an obsession, sometimes lasting for years. Another possible cause for the biting is that your dog may have walked on something like a stinging nettle or thistle. Yet again, if you know it’s not mites, then bathe your dogs paws in a mild antiseptic solution, dry thoroughly and apply some HC cream. If the symptoms haven’t cleared up within 3 to five days, then you really should see a vet.
Foot licking can be simply a habit behavior as well; seen when the dog is relaxing, stressed, or bored. Some dogs even chew at their nails with this type of behavior.