Paw licking golden retriever - why do they do it?

Asked By: Yoshiko Hermiston
Date created: Sat, Jan 16, 2021 2:36 PM
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As with other dog behaviors, there can be several reasons that lead dogs to lick or chew their paws. These include injuries; skin problems; environmental, parasite, or food allergies; and boredom or anxiety.
Answered By: Barney Osinski
Date created: Sun, Jan 17, 2021 4:39 PM

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Licking You

  1. Ignore It. When your dog starts licking you, walk away…
  2. Put Something in Their Mouth…
  3. Get Some Exercise…
  4. Take a Shower…
  5. Change Your Body Scent…
  6. Reward Good Behavior.
In severe cases, your dog may have obsessive-compulsive tendencies that lead them to obsessively lick their paws. A simple way to address behavioral paw-licking is to distract your dog. Take them for more walks, play with them more often, and offer them toys to hold their focus.
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If your dog is licking themselves, you, or objects excessively, to the point that it seems like a self-stimulatory behavior, this might be a sign of anxiety, boredom, or pain. Obsessive self-licking can also be a sign of allergies or other health problems.

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Sometimes dogs exhibit appeasement gestures like lip licking and yawning when they are frustrated or confused.

Another important possible reason for excessive lip licking in dogs is a health-related issue, such as nausea, dental disease, or mouth pain.

Look for other signs of illness and keep a close eye on your dog.

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