Dog Licking and Swallowing Behaviors

Licking is one of many ways for dogs to interact and discover the world around them. It’s a normal behavior as long as it’s not compulsive and destructive.

When dogs keep swallowing and having hiccups

Underlying health problems, especially issues in the digestive system, may lead to constant swallowing and hiccups.

When dogs lick a baby a lot

One natural concern that people might have is whether it is safe for dogs to lick a baby’s face.

When dogs lick your face when you cry

It’s usually a sign of affection and care but other reasons many also explain a dog that licks your face whenever you cry.

When dogs keep licking their nose

It’s normal for dogs to lick their nose. It starts to become a concern when they start to lick their nose excessively.

When dogs lick another dog's pee

It’s not just an unsanitary behavior. There could be a valid purpose for dogs that like to lick another dog’s pee.

When dogs chatter their teeth after licking

Does your dog have an odd tendency to chatter their teeth after licking? This could be normal and just an impulsive reaction for dogs.

When dogs lick blankets

It’s perfectly normal for dogs to lick the blanket as long as it’s not compulsive.

When dogs lick you and nobody else

It could be a sign of care and affection when a dog licks you and nobody else.

When a male dog licks the privates of other another male dog

While it’s strange, it might be normal for a male dog to lick the privates of another male dog as long it’s not excessive.

When dogs lick your wound

The reason might be admirable but allowing your dog to lick your wound is not something you should encourage.

When dogs suddenly lick everything around them

Licking is a perfectly normal behavior but only if it’s compulsive. There is something wrong if your dog is suddenly licking everything around him.

When dogs lick the air

It may look like the dog is licking the air but he may in fact be trying to lick his nose due to a number of health or behavioral reasons.

When dogs lick their butt

Health issues such as anal gland infections may result in dogs that won’t stop licking their butts.

When dogs lick each other's ears

Dogs are social animals. They partake in act of social grooming which may involve licking one another’s ears.

When dogs lick your feet

It might be an affectionate behavior you probably want to discourage your dog from doing if your feet are dirty.

When dogs lick you so much

It’s cute when a dog gives you an endless amount of kisses and lick as long as it’s not a symptom of something harmful.

When dogs lick the floor

Licking is normal but something you may not want to encourage as it can be unsanitary to lick the floor excessively.

When dogs lick their paw

It’s normal for dogs to lick their paws. It’s part of their self-grooming routine. It only becomes of concern if they lick their paws excessively.

When dogs lick their private area

Dogs most likely have a health issue if they are constantly licking their private area.

When dogs lick your face

Does your dog like to lick your face at every opportunity? It’s normal unless the licking behavior is driven by health or behavioral issues.

When dogs constantly lick their lips

There could be a health issue that’s bothering your dog if he is constantly licking his lips and swallowing.