Excessive Paw Licking – Ideal Activities to Stop It

If your dog is licking excessively his paws, then you should read this article!

Source: Photo by Jayson Lorenzo

Why Dogs Lick Their Paws?

Does your dog lick so bad his paws that seems to ignore everything else around him? Yep, that’s pretty common! Dogs usually lick their paws when they feel stressed or bored, but there may be also other reasons. Sometimes it may be due to irritation or allergic reactions, pain, dry skin, or little wounds. If you see your dog constantly licking his paws, then you should surely do something. First, it’s important to understand the reason for his behavior, but generally, as we said, it’s just common anxiety or monotony. Licking is a “self-palliative” for our four-legged friends, especially during stressful situations. Arlo, that big boy in the photo, seems to love more than anything else licking his paws, that’s why Mathias, his owner, asked for our help. You will see that there are many solutions!

How to Stop a Dog from Licking his Paws

As we’ve just said, before doing anything, it’s fundamental to determine the reason for this incessant behavior. Take a close look at his paws, from the top to the bottom, paying special attention to the space between pads and toes. If everything looks fine, you don’t have to worry anymore, through these simple enriching activities your pup will surely find some benefits:

  • DIY Lickimat: As we like to say, “if you can beat them, join them”! You probably already know this amazing feeder pad, but there is an easy solution to create on your own an amazing one. Look at your freezer, yep, there it is! Your silicon ice cube tray can be exactly what you need! Spread a little bit of peanut butter (without xylitol) on it, and the game is done.
  • Frozen treats: realizing frozen dog treats can be easily done at home! All you need is a blender, silicone molds, and, of course, a freezer. Bananas, apples, blueberries, strawberries, and so on, anything (well, not really “anything”) can be used, and we can assure you that your dog is going to love them!
  • Muffin tin: just take a classic muffin tin and place some treats in each hole. Then, place a tennis ball on top of them to let your doggo do the “tough work”. This will keep him entertained for a lot while providing him mental stimulation!

Follow Your Vet Suggestions

If the reason why your furry friend licks his paws is still a mystery to you, then a trip to the vet might be a good idea. Usually, these simple tactics over there are enough to limit this typical behavior, but if your dog still continues to lick excessively his paws, then it should not be ignored. However, thanks to these simple DIY activities, Arlo doesn’t seem so interested in his paws anymore, but licking frozen treats became his favorite hobby! Now, Mathias, it’s up to you to prepare them for your little best friend!

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