Why Is My Dog Licking The Floor?: Solutions To Stop Dogs From Licking The Ground

Why Is My Dog Licking The Floor?: Solutions To Stop Dogs From Licking The Ground

Why does my dog lick the floor? Licking the floor is a normal behavior for most dogs. Dogs will lick the ground to taste different flavors, mark territory, and as an instinctive response to something new or strange.


Normally, when a dog licks the floor it will be in short bursts of licking that are combined with other behaviors such as sniffing and circling. When you see your dog licking the floor this way, it could mean they are just exploring their environment and trying to figure out what it is.


However, if your dog is licking excessively at one spot on the floor (or any object), then there might be something there that needs to be removed or cleaned up. Here’s how you can stop your dog from licking the floor.


Section 1: Why do dogs lick the floor? Section 2: Reasons for licking the floor Section 3: Solutions to stop dogs from licking the ground and what you should do Section 4: Conclusion

Why do dogs lick the floor?


The reason a dog licks the floor is in their gut. Dogs get bacteria from the floor, from your shoes, and from the ground. The bacteria in their gut and saliva go into the bloodstream and travel to the brain. The bacteria stimulate the senses in the brain.


First, they stimulate the smell receptors in the nose. Next, the bacteria stimulate the taste receptors on the tongue and the skin. The bacteria also stimulate the sight receptors in the eyes.


The result is your dog licking the ground as a way to stimulate its sensory system. Sometimes a dog is not licking the ground. A dog that is interested in something on the floor may begin sniffing the floor and rolling on the ground. The behavior is the same, only the lick isn’t meant to clean the ground.


Reasons for licking the floor


Licking the floor is most commonly done in response to something or someone new or as an instinctive response to something new or strange.


Licking the floor is most commonly done in response to something or someone new or as an instinctive response to something strange. To read the signs of why your dog is licking the floor, keep reading to learn about the reasons.


Disorientation When a dog senses something unfamiliar, even for a split second, it can react by licking the floor. This could be anything from a change in routine or when you go outside the dog has to check out the grass to sniff it before going in.


The dog may also lick the floor when they are anxious or nervous. If your dog is licking the floor, try giving him a treat and see if this helps.


Solutions to stop dogs from licking the ground and what you should do


Regularly wipe down the floor with a damp cloth to remove all the dirt or scents so your dog will not be able to smell it. This will also reduce the bacteria in the environment that they are licking on. Alternatively, you can simply use a water and vinegar solution.


This will kill the bacteria, clean the floors, and help your dog learn not to lick the floor. Beware of over-washing floors. There is such a thing as washing floors to the point of destroying them.


When your dog licks a wet floor they will leave behind a stain. Not only do you have to repaint your floor, but you have to also worry about the increased wear and tear the new paint will cause on the floor.


Conclusion


While your dog's licking is normal, it's something to watch out for, especially if it is frequent and is occurring in areas such as the kitchen and living room.


When a dog becomes an incontinent mess due to excessive licking of the ground, this is not normal and your dog needs to be evaluated by a veterinarian. Don't delay.


This can be very serious. In addition to causing an incontinence mess, there are also other issues that may be causing excessive licking, such as malnutrition or an overactive bladder. See your veterinarian as soon as possible.