This is a question I was asked by one of my clients recently so I thought I do a little research and see if I could find out the answer. Dogs seem to lick the air for several different reasons. Sometimes dog owners think itвs their way of getting a kiss but actually it can be a lot more serious than that. One of the reasons your dog might be licking the air is that he has something wrong with his mouth. He could have something caught between his teeth something wrong with his gums and even something stuck to the roof of his mouth like a stick for example. If your dog will allow it take a look in his mouth and see if you can find anything that could be causing him to lick. Another reason for licking the air could be nausea. Has your dog eaten anything that could have upset his stomach? Have you noticed your dog eating grass? Has your dog thrown up or acted like it needed to throw up? Sometimes with dogs that have obsessive behaviors licking at the air is really a common occurrence and itвs not serious at all. Dogs, just like human beings can sometimes have psychological issues that cause compulsive obsessive behavior.
My research also found that a dog with this behavior could be suffering from acid reflux just like human beings. In fact some dogs are switched to a bland diet and given Pepcid to alleviate the problem. It appears that dogs with this type of a problem sometimes also suffer from pica. Pica is an illness where dogs eat things that they shouldnвt. The list can include everything from dirt to rocks to sticks and of course this can cause some indigestion and nausea. Quite often the problem seems to come and go meaning it may last for a couple of days or couple of weeks and then disappears again. I really feel that if your dog is suffering from this problem and itвs gone on for a while I think it would be time to take your dog into your veterinarian for a good examination. The examination should include a good oral exam to make sure there arenвt any dental problems going on as well. I hope this article helped answer the question and maybe even has given you some ideas on why your dog seems to be licking the air.
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and give us a call, or for our out of town readersВ. Until next time, P. S. Does you dog have some behavior problems? Do you need some advice from a Canine Behavior Specialist? В If soВ now! About the Author: Wayne Booth is owner ofВ in Nashville, TN. В Wayne has been teaching people how to become Professional Dog Trainers since 1990 and he is the Training Director of. When visitors come to my house, my dog gets very excited and licks the air. I don t know if this is a nervous or submissive gesture. He licks for under his lip. What can I do to get him to stop? no lick. Akron, OH First, count your blessings. Many dogs or bark incessantly when visitors arrive. Some dogs are very territorial, and may actually attack guests. Compared to these individuals, your dog s habit is quite benign. Many pets have rituals that they perform under certain circumstances, or when they are excited.
Your dog s ritual sounds harmless. If the behavior does not lead to gagging, coughing or breathing difficulties, it probably won t hurt him. Of course, the habit may still be annoying. And there are a couple of tricks you can try to eliminate it. The focus of the tricks is to reduce the level of excitement that your dog experiences when guests arrive. Try to keep things low-key when company first arrives. Encourage everyone to speak softly and remain calm. And, have everyone ignore the dog for the first several minutes. Over time, this may reduce the level of excitement that he feels when the doorbell rings. If the behavior really bothers you, you can try isolating your dog in a bedroom when guests are expected. After they have settled in, you can let him out, but encourage everyone to stay very calm, and to ignore the dog for the first few minutes. If these tricks don t work (and I don t guarantee that they will), take heart in the fact that your dog s beahvior isn t hurting anyone, including him.