Potential Reasons: Why Do Dogs Lick Their Paws?


Most of the time, this light afternoon licking is totally harmless and to be expected. The problem comes in when this modest tongue lapping turns out to be excessive or consistent.

In this case, there could be underlying reasons why your dog is licking or chewing its paws. Possible reasons include injury, allergies, skin problems, anxiety, or even boredom.

To Communicate

Licking is one of the truest ways dogs communicate. Whether it be to share their pleasure and excitement, or their anxiety and displeasure.



Our hounds typically paw-lick as part of their self-grooming routines. If your doggy is a particularly meticulous groomer, you may notice him licking his paws more regularly.



If your pup’s licking starts suddenly and is focused on one specific paw, it could be indicative of an injury.


Claw Problems

The problem may be from a loose or broken claw. While going about their daily activities, their claw may hook on something unforeseen and break off.


Interdigital Cysts

Usually found on the front paws, these painful lumps form on the haired skin when follicles get clogged or dilated.


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