Why Do Dogs Lick Your Feet?

Last updated on: Jan 18, 2024

By: Stephanie Dunne

Person Touching a Dog Lying Near His Feet

Have you ever noticed your dog licking your feet? Many dog owners see their pets doing this. Dogs lick feet naturally, and it's not just a weird or ticklish habit. This article explains why dogs and puppies lick human feet as part of their way of communicating and bonding with you.

Why Do Dogs Love to Lick Your Feet?

Dogs explore the world by licking, and they often choose to lick feet. Dogs learn to lick from birth, starting with their mothers and then their environment. Feet are interesting to dogs because they have many scents that tell them about their environment and the people in it. But feet are not the only targets: dogs love to lick your face, too!

Dogs also lick feet to show affection and care, similar to how they groom each other. They may also do it for attention or because they like the taste of salty skin. When your dog licks your feet, they are using their instincts and learned behaviors to communicate and bond with you.

Dogs lick to communicate too. They might lick to show they are submissive or to detect changes in a person's feelings by smelling their scent.

Should I Let My Dog Lick My Feet?

Many dog owners wonder if it's okay to let their dogs lick their feet. It's usually safe, but there are some things to think about, such as cleanliness and behavior.

Dogs' mouths are not as clean as some people think, and they can carry bacteria. Keep in mind, dog saliva can irritate the skin or cause allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin or allergies. If you have sores on your feet, you may want to avoid letting your dog lick them.

Remember, If you let your dog lick your feet all the time, they might think it's okay to lick other people's feet, which can be a problem.

If your dog licks your feet to get attention, make sure they have other activities to do, such as playing and walking. It's okay to let your dog lick your feet, but think about cleanliness and the habits you're teaching them

What to Do If Licking Becomes Excessive?

If your dog licks your feet a lot, it could be a sign of a problem like anxiety or boredom. Here's what you can do:

  1. Find the Reason: Look for other odd behaviors or times when licking increases. It could be because they're bored, anxious, or have a health problem.
  2. Wear Socks or Shoes: As simple as it sounds, this will prevent your dog from licking your feet. But don't forget to take other steps if necessary.
  3. Keep Them Busy: Dogs need exercise and things to do (or to lick). This can stop them from licking your feet too much.
  4. Teach Other Ways to Get Attention: Train your dog to sit, lie down, or give you a paw instead of licking for your attention. Reward them for doing this.
  5. Get Professional Help: If the licking doesn't stop, talk to a vet or dog trainer.


We've looked at why dogs lick your feet. It's part of how they understand the world and show affection. It's generally okay to let them lick your feet, but keep hygiene and behavior in mind. If your dog licks too much, try to find out why and help them stop. This will keep you both happy and healthy.

Still exploring your puppy's nature? Check out our new article on the causes of your puppy's hiccups!

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