Have you ever wondered why do dogs lick your feet? Dogs are awesome, but sometimes they do things that we don’t love. One of those things is licking our feet. Always remember that dogs are designed to communicate through their actions. Much like trying to learn a foreign language, but only harder. If you want to maintain your bond and friendship with your dog, it’s important to understand why your dog does what he does.
So, why do dogs lick your feet?
Some dogs love to lick their humans, and it can be a problem if you’re ticklish. You might not be ticklish, but having your feet licked as you move about the house isn’t a great feeling. If you notice your dog engaging in this behavior, try to think about why he does it. It could be because of the individual variations among dogs or something else altogether.
Studies show that some dogs can taste salt. This may be the reason for their licking of human skin, as it seems like they’re trying to lick the salt from your skin. Dogs are social creatures who form bonds with one another. In a recent study, it was found that when an individual dog lives in groups there is an increase in intimate behavior such as grooming and licking which motivates participants to coordinate actions directed towards achieving common goals enhancing each individual’s fitness level. It is possible that your pup’s licking of your feet could be an attempt by them to encourage you into what they are doing. This could mean playing, finding food, or any other activity.
If your dog feels safe and comfortable with you, he will show his vulnerability in this way. For example, non-verbal animals like dogs who mutually groom one another are showing affection that strengthens family bonds. The act of licking and being licked stimulates the release of positive hormones for dogs. It’s an amazing interaction between parent, offspring, or another family member. For many species, social grooming stimulates oxytocin (a hormone associated with bonding and emotional attachment). Maybe your dog licks your feet because he wants to show how much he loves you.
If your dog is performing unwanted licking, try redirecting it with an action that you desire like sitting calmly or doing some trick. So then you can bestow rewards on the desired behavior and everyone is pleased. Never punish your dog for something that probably seems natural to her; Punishing your dog will only damage her trust in you.
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