"Why is the dog licking? Right from birth that is how the mother communicates with her new puppies, how she stimulates them to start breathing and how she cleans them when they are born, so it's very important to the survival of puppies," writes Victoria Stilwell, a noted dog behavior expert and author of dog-related works. So you see, licking is an almost inseparable part of a canine's/dog's/doggo's/pupper's life.
However, they do an awful lot of licking and many of it is still mysterious to us. You don't have those issues with the cat – cats barely lick anything but themselves - but dogs lick every day. So what are the specifics of doggie licking habits and where do they come from?
Licking your feet
Share! source Dogs like salty stuff, so they like the saltiness of our sweat, especially when it is combined with our smell. And if they're liking your feet after you get out of the shower, they're doing it for moisture.
Licking the couch
Licking your hands
Licking other dogs
Share! source This is similar to a doggy handshake, so that's how they greet each other. Sometimes, it's also a sign of submission. If a scolded dog licks you, it's showing you that it is submitting to your will.
Licking the air
Licking their paws
Share! source They only lick them when something's wrong and they want to clean it away. If you can't identify what's happening and the dog keeps licking the paws, you might have to take it to the vet to check for allergies.