Poodles lick because of different reasons. This could be for body care, bonding, seeking attention, or showing appreciation. Excessive licking may be a sign of a medical issue and if you have concerns it is important to consult with a veterinarian.
1. the taste of their owner’s skin
Poodles are known for their intelligence and affectionate nature, and it’s no surprise that they often show their love by giving their owners the occasional lick. It turns out that poodles enjoy their human natural scent and taste.
Studies have shown that dogs release oxytocin when licking their owners. This may also be why some dogs will also lick fabric objects associated with their owners too. Poodle saliva is more acidic than other breeds of dogs, which means that it can better mix with body oils to give off a unique taste sensation that a poodle may find irresistible.
In addition to helping strengthen a bond between owner and pet, licking has also been shown to have calming effects on both parties involved. You can be sure that every lick your poodle gives you is a sure sign of true affection.
2. Licking is a way to show affection
One way poodles show affection is by licking. This type of licking is not aggressive, as some dogs tend to do as a warning or deterrent, but rather a sign of love and gratitude.
Licking can occur when poodle owners come home from work or after petting them during an enjoyable walk. It can also happen spontaneously when poodle owners say something that the poodle finds comforting.
The licking reinforces the bond between poodle and owner and deepens their closeness. Knowing your poodle’s signs of affection helps you to build a stronger connection and enhance the trust within your relationship.
3. a sign of anxiety or stress
Licking can be a sign of stress for all dogs. It is an instinctive behavior that pups use to self-soothe in stressful or socially challenging situations. This happens because the amygdala, an area of the brain associated with feeling fear, triggers an increase in saliva production. Especially when faced with loud noises or strong smells.
When pups lick their fur, it can soothe those feelings of anxiety and even provide stress relief. Next time you can recognize it as a sign of emotional distress and look for ways to help reduce their anxiety.
Tip: Provide more mental stimulation or allow them time to be alone in a quiet space for calming activities. With care and attention, your pup can learn to manage their stress levels better on their own.
4. poodles cool down
While poodles primarily rely on panting to help cool them down in hot weather, licking can also play an important role. In addition to providing the poodle with needed hydration, licking helps create a cooling effect. It increases circulation and brings heat away from the tongue.
When a poodle licks its fur it spreads oral secretions to their skin and hair which helps bring heat away from the fur and skin surface.
The saliva that dogs transfer when licking acts like sweat and helps pull the heat out of their bodies as it evaporates. As a result, licking not only provides hydrating relief on hot days, but also serves as an important way to help keep poodles cool during summer months.
5. Your Pet is Bored
Licking can be caused because your Poodle is bored.
Questions you may consider:
- Is my dog alone for a long time?
- Do you challenge your dog enough?
- Are you spending enough time with your pet?
- Does your Poodle have enough toys or other options to play with?
- Are the walks with your Poodle long enough?
Solutions: How to manage your poodle’s licking?
As a poodle owner, it is best to be aware of this behavior and actively manage the licking. There are some easy steps you can take to make sure that your poodle’s licking is kept in check.
- Try to identify why your pup may be engaging in regular licking. If possible understanding the root cause of the behavior can help you begin to address it.
- Provide plenty of toys and activities for your Poodle will help keep them entertained and distracted from excessive licking.
- Train a command such as “No lick”.
Why do poodles lick the air?
One of the interesting behaviors of Poodle is air licking. Although this may seem strange to onlookers, it’s actually quite normal for Poodles.
Air licking is believed to be a Poodle’s way of communicating desire or fascination with other Poodles, people, or environments they come across.
Sensitive Skin: more than just cleaning
Poodles are known for having sensitive skin, which can lead to irritation and allergies.
Licking can be a common response to skin irritation or discomfort in dogs. If your poodle has sensitive or dry skin, they may lick their skin as a way to try to relieve the irritation.
Caution: This can lead to further irritation and may even cause a lick granuloma, which is a raised, thickened area of skin that results from excessive licking.
Irritations and Tips
Insect bites can cause red bumps to appear on your poodle’s skin.
Solution: To treat bug bites, you can make a paste using baking soda and water or seek advice from a veterinarian.
Chemicals and other irritants from in the environment may also cause irritation to your poodle’s skin.
Solution: It is important to be aware of your poodle’s environment, particularly when you are in a new location or introducing new items like toys or beds. To protect your poodle’s paws from irritants, you may want to consider using doggie shoes.
It’s also possible for poodles to have allergies to various stimulants, such as pollen, or certain ingredients in their food.
Solution: If you suspect your poodle has an allergy, it’s a good idea to speak with a veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Poodles aren’t necessarily licking more than other dogs. However, their licking behavior can be influenced by factors such as boredom, anxiety, or health issues. Individual temperament and environmental factors can also play a role in a Poodle’s licking habits.
Your Poodle may constantly lick his paws due to various reasons, such as allergies, dry skin, irritation, injury, or anxiety. It’s important to monitor your dog’s behavior and consult with a veterinarian to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment or guidance.
If your dog licks his paws a lot, it’s worth paying attention to this behavior. Excessive paw licking can be a sign of underlying issues like allergies, skin irritation, injury, or anxiety. If the licking persists or worsens, or if you notice any redness, swelling, or discharge, consult your veterinarian for a proper evaluation and treatment plan.
I’m Daniel Lewis, a devoted poodle lover and experienced dog trainer. My passion lies in helping dogs and their owners build strong, positive relationships. With years of hands-on experience working with poodles and other breeds, I’ve gained extensive knowledge in poodle care, training, and behavior.