Why is my dog licking the air?

asked 2017-01-12 18:49:19 -0500

Does anyone else's dog do this? My dog licks the air quite compulsively and I don't know it this is a sign of affection or illness or something else entirely.

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There are many reasons dogs may do this. Its common for dogs to lick the air if something is wrong with their mouth, such as something stuck in their teeth or roof of the mouth. Another reason is to pull in air for nausea to induce vomiting. Less common, it can just be a compulsive behavior habit.

Taylor U.'s profile image Taylor U.  ( 2017-02-23 10:14:03 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2017-02-10 10:18:50 -0500

Sometimes this is a sign of an upset tummy. I would recommend a probiotic, like a Non-fat Organic PLAIN Yogurt that says probiotic on it. "Nancy's" is a great one that i feed my dogs. You don't need a lot, please look online for measurements depending on your dogs weight.

There are other reasons as well, please check their teeth for any tooth pain. Sometimes this can cause the behavior. I recommend teeth cleaning from a vet once a year for preventative care once they're 3 years of age. If the probiotics don't help and they're not reacting to any touch with the teeth, I would see a vet if you're concerned.

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Sometimes they do it from stress and anxiety. You can also try to redirect this behavior with plenty of walks and play time that will reduce stress and keep their body and mind occupied.

Brandie S.'s profile image Brandie S.  ( 2017-02-10 10:21:15 -0500 ) edit
answered 2017-02-23 09:51:13 -0500

Some say it can be a way of smelling the air. Particularly so in flat or short nose dogs.

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answered 2019-10-16 07:58:34 -0500

Hi there!

Don't worry, it's a completely normal behavior. Most of the reasons you will find here: https://goldenretrieverlove.com/why-does-my-dog-constantly-lick-the-air-or-his-lips/ (https://goldenretrieverlove.com/why-d...). In a nutshell, it's their nature and they feel good when to lick the air or anything. it may also be a way of communicating to other dogs.

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