If you notice your dog licking the air or biting at imaginary flying insects it could just be a bad habit they have developed, but it could be something more serious. Some dogs also lick the floor or furniture or lick their bowls obsessively even when there is no longer a single crumb left inside. Licking the air can also indicate hunger but if it becomes excessive then it may be a sign of a compulsive disorder or even an underlying medical condition.
We all know that dogs lick themselves to keep their fur clean, but why do dogs lick the air? And why does it matter? Like so much in the world of animals, there are reasons for this behavior.
Dogs do a lot of things that make us question their sanity. Air licking is one of them. Has Fido lost his marbles, or is something else going on?
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If it is a new behavior, there can be underlying medical or behavioral issues to address. Some dogs just tend to lick more than others, and this usually includes licking the air, their lips, objects around the house and quite often your face! Anxiety can lead to obsessive compulsive disorders and air licking can be a symptom.
There are various reasons your dog may be licking the air, but the fact that she does it for long periods of time is suggestive of a possible compulsive disorder. However, because there may be other causes for this behavior, including health concerns such as dental pain, nausea, gastrointestinal discomfort, seizures and canine cognitive dysfunction, you should first visit your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis. Some dogs only perform repetitive behaviors around humans, because those behaviors have become conditioned responses.
Our dogs often do interesting and admittedly entertaining things that make us ask the question: Why?! And a dog sitting there randomly licking the air — as if there is peanut butter on his tongue — is no exception. Read on for five common reasons dogs lick the air!
Posted on August 5, under Dog Articles. By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.