Why Do Dogs Like to Lick Your Feet?

As dog owners, we’ve all been there: your dog showers you with kisses in the form of licking when they are particularly excited. While it is true that dog’s mouths (and tongues for that matter) find their way to all sorts of interesting places, they never hesitate to lick their owner’s face, hands, and in some cases, feet. Some dogs have obsessive tendencies around licking and can take it to extremes. But, what does it mean when a dog licks your feet? Are they trying to tell you something with their behavior? Experts say that licking is considered a multipurpose behavior, which means that the exact motive can be difficult to identify.

Dr. Elizabeth Stelow, who is the chief of animal behavior services at the University of California, says that licking is a very important action for dogs. Licking allows them to gather information, communicate, and is also a big part of feeding as well. Mother dogs lick their puppies to help them start breathing, stimulate digestion and clean them right after birth. Puppies lick their mom’s face to show submission—and licking releases the feel good hormones known as endorphins. But why do they lick feet?

Maria Mandrake//Twitter

While every dog is different, there are some reasons for dogs to lick feet: it could be that licking feet elicits positive reinforcement like the human paying attention to the dog. Or, it could be a way for the dog to engage in social grooming. There are other possibilities, like that the dog is showing affection by caring for the feet, or they simply do it because they like to lick things. Dogs could also exhibit this behavior because they are trying to soothe themselves, too.

So, if you do not like it when your dog licks your feet it is suggested you simply walk away from the situation. Your dog will get the message. Luckily, this behavior is normal and no cause for concern.

Next Article
ADVERTISEMENT
  • Dog has Two Pounds of Extra Fur

    A group of teenagers were hanging out near a dead end road in their hometown recently. As they sat around talking, something emerged from the nearby woods. It was a strange creature that began wandering around them and they were not sure what to do. So, a few of them approached to get a closer...

    Read More
  • Lost Girl Comforted by her Dog

    A sweet little girl named Remy Elliott went missing from the family home last week. She is only three years old and had somehow found a way to wander off from her family’s home located in Qulin, Missouri. While it was a terrifying experience for everyone involved, especially her parents, it turns out that the...

    Read More
  • Man is Shocked by “Rug” on Park Bench

    For some reason, someone had left a brown rug on a park bench in Towne Lake. The recreational area in McKinney Texas is a popular destination for many people. That’s where Kyle Dunlap was that day, when he spotted the rug on that park bench. But Kyle decided to get out of his car to...

    Read More
  • Abandoned Dog so Excited to See People

    Employees of the Humane Society of North Texas arrived at work one morning and someone was waiting for them. It was a young dog who had been tied to a post near the building’s entrance with a rope. The dog looked scared and tired. There was no note and she wasn’t even wearing a collar,...

    Read More
  • Teen on Jamaican Vacation Rescues Puppy

    When seventeen year old Elliot Sherin went on cruise vacation with her family, she had no idea how much that trip to Jamaica would completely change her life. Sherin and her dad were preparing to head out on a horseback ride on the beach when she found a pack of dogs wandering around the ranch....

    Read More
  • Tired Dog Rescued from Hike

    A Great Pyrenees named Kato is not an old dog by any stretch of the imagination. However, at five years old, he is not a puppy anymore either. It seems that his adventurous nature got him in a bit of trouble recently. The dog, who weighs 120 pounds, recently realized his age when out on...

    Read More
  • Police Officer Rescues Dog from Fire on Boat

    When officers arrived on scene at the San Rafael Yacht Harbor, the fire was burning intensely. The sails were tattered and it seemed that the entire boat was about to go up in flames. It was early in the morning, but somehow the fire had broken out on the boat. Firefighters were also on the...

    Read More
  • Celebrity Adopts Hairless, Shy Dog

    Sylvia must have felt like she was all alone. She was wandering the streets of Conroe, Texas after Hurricane Harvey hit the area. She was in terrible pain and most who saw her did not want to come near, thanks to her awful appearance. As a very shy, scared dog with a medical condition, she...

    Read More