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Dog wants to lick bare skin

John Kraust
April 14th, 2004, 01:36 PM
My 8 year old Australian Sheperd wants to continuosly lick mine and my wifes bare legs or feet. Is this a diet deficiency? He also has started drooling when he sees someone eating.

April 14th, 2004, 10:41 PM
I am glad he's not drooling when he sees your feet:D
I'm sorry,did not mean to make light of your problem.
Drooling at the dinnertable is probably not uncommon,but I'll let the dog owners answer that.
I just thought it was funny that he has a foot-fetish:D

April 14th, 2004, 11:00 PM
lol thats funny
my pup does the same thing..its not a big deal

April 15th, 2004, 08:56 AM
If these are new behaviors, you might want to take your dog to the vet.

April 16th, 2004, 08:25 AM
My dog likes doing that to. I've often thought maybe its the salty taste they like or its comforting to them. Don't know but never really worried about it that much. My girl drools when I'm preparing her food but as LavenderRott said if this is a new behavior for her maybe get her checked out. You'll feel better about it. ;) And if it is something please let us know cause its probably fairly common in dogs.

C J Modisette
April 16th, 2004, 01:30 PM
I read somewhere (don't remember where) that licking brings comfort to dogs and cats as it reminds them of when they were nursing from their mothers. Seems as logical an explanation as any. I've never had a dog or cat that didn't lick.

April 17th, 2004, 04:10 AM
I have a toy poodle that is forever wanting to lick any exposed skin- Usually your face or ears but a toe will also do. She has done this for years and aside from having clean toes ears and face I have no let it bother me. I usually stop her after a couple of licks and she will sit in my lap and go to sleep. If you pick her up her tougue starts lapping in anticipation of a skin contact. Vet said it was normal for many dogs and did go back to a comfort zone thing for the dog.
It doesn't bother me so we live with it. No great explanation.

April 17th, 2004, 11:17 AM
My dog loves to kiss and give hugs. With the smaller kids, he'll actualy jump up, put his "arms" around their neck, and lick them on the face.;) Oh well, its probably a common problem in Poodles.

April 17th, 2004, 11:47 AM
Sadie falls asleep and gets all baby puppy while she licks on my heating bean bag that I use for muscle pain. She loves it!!
And yes it looks like she's nursing!.

May 26th, 2004, 09:58 AM
my dog loves licking water off my legs when i come out of the shower.

May 26th, 2004, 01:41 PM
My cat loves to lick the lotion off of my feet and legs. I am always telling him to go away when I am putting it on because I do not want it to make him sick. But, right when I get out of the shower and put it on here he comes. He never misses a time either you think he would figure it out after a few nos but I guess not! LOL :D

May 30th, 2004, 03:57 PM
One of my Japanese Chins will do the same after I get out of the shower. Maybe he's telling that he wants another bath or he wants to play in the water.

June 10th, 2004, 12:28 AM
naw, even with a new behaviour, it can only be a stage.

Choco licks my feet/legs every full moon ( ;) ) but only bc Honey's shown him how to do it :p

July 12th, 2004, 03:59 PM
Sades will lick anything! LOL She loves to lick bare skin, water, lotion, and even soap off of you! Weird I know, but hit is also a cat who will eat lint..but she has to smell it first to see if it smells good ;)

July 14th, 2004, 02:24 PM
This is how I think of it,
My little chi x lhasa apso loves to lick my legs at bedtime. when i get into the kitchen and she sees me turning all the lights off she follows me as if to say "come on mom, time for your massage." She jumps up on my bed while i watch tv and shell lick my legs for a good hour, off and on. She is the only one of my 3 dogs that does this.

At first I thought it strange but my son says she has been doing this to him at night in bed on his arms since we adopted her. since my son is 16 hes never home anymore and she comes to me at night.

My toy poodle sits on the bathtub edge when I take a bath so he can lick my wet toes.

well, at least i never have to pay for a massage again!!!! :D :D

Love it, who else will lick your legs and toes?


July 15th, 2004, 12:23 AM
lauriem, omg, that is too cute!!

u should get someone to take a G-rated pic and post it! :D :D

TalonsMa, Honey licks out my bellybutton and stinky feet. :o :eek: AT HER OWN WILL!

July 15th, 2004, 07:39 AM
My parents also have an Austrailian Sheppard, Cookie was also notorious for licking bare toes! She was constantly doing it when she was young but she's 'mostly' grown out of it now...much more interested in playing chase with her squeeky toys.

She will still lick toes for the brief moments when she does lay down and she notices there are bare toes around. She will stop licking them if you tell her 'no' but we've never been able to get her to stop the behavior completely. She knows not to lick my Dad's toes, every now and then she'll lick Mom's, she tends to stay away from my toes.

What's funny is when someone new comes to visit who happens to have sandals on...especially if they have tickilish feet!

July 15th, 2004, 05:30 PM
haha, i've never had this sort of attention down there ;) ... i'm not complaining!

:p :D