Why Do Dogs Lick Their Toys?

“ I’m not sure why dogs lick their toys. It’s just something they do.”

It was the voice of my friend, who had been living with her dog for only a few months.

I was surprised at her answer.

I thought she would know better than that.

After all, she is a veterinarian and has spent years working closely with animals.

As we talked about it further, she explained that she didn’t think it was a good idea to keep a toy in the house because she didn’t want to have to clean up after her dog.

She also worried that he might try to eat the toy and choke on it.

Why Do Dogs Lick Their Toys?

Licking your toys is a common behavior among most dogs.

You can see them doing it when you watch them play or even when they are sleeping.

While this may seem like an odd behavior, it actually serves several important purposes.

These include health benefits, socialization, and bonding.

Health Benefits

There are many reasons why dogs lick their toys.

First, it helps remove bacteria and other contaminants from the surface of the toy.

This is especially important if the toy is made of plastic, which can easily become contaminated.

Second, it helps dogs to maintain their body temperature by keeping their skin warm.

Third, it allows them to exercise their tongue muscles.

Finally, it can help stimulate blood flow around the mouth area.

All of these things make licking a very healthy habit for dogs.


While there are some dogs that enjoy playing alone, most dogs love interacting with their friends.

Playing with toys helps them to practice their social skills.

Dogs learn how to interact with one another through play, so giving them toys to play with encourages them to get along better with their peers.

In addition, licking their toys teaches them how to use their tongues appropriately.

They learn that what they do with their tongue affects what happens to the object they are lapping up.

This helps them to understand the power of their tongue and how it works together with their teeth.


Like humans, dogs feel a strong bond with their family members.

They crave contact with their owners and other loved ones.

In order to create that closeness, they need to be able to communicate with each other.

One way they do this is by using their mouths.

When they lick their toys, they are communicating with their owner.

This shows them that they are still in control and that they are safe.

Dogs licking as a sign of affection

She wasn’t alone in her opinion.

There are many people out there who think that dogs lick their toys as a way of showing affection.

This may be true if your dog is a puppy or a playful adult dog but it isn’t always the case.

A dog licking his toy means one thing – that the dog wants you to play with him.

When you see your pet licking his favorite toy, it’s probably time to give him some attention.

In fact, it can help to teach your dog new tricks if you understand how he reacts when he sees you playing with his toys.

If you see your dog doing things like shaking his head, wagging his tail, and sniffing around his toys, then you should take notice and reward him by giving him more attention.

If your dog does anything else while he plays with his toys, however, then it’s best to ignore him.

Your dog needs to learn how to interact with his toys in order to get them back from you again.

Dogs licking as a sign of submission

The reason she didn’t want to give him toys was actually pretty simple.

She said he licked them too much.

He liked to chew on things and when he did, he would often grab his tongue between his teeth and pull until he felt the object inside his mouth.

When he did this, he would then start licking his lips or shaking his head back and forth in an effort to dislodge whatever it was from his mouth so he could continue eating.

In other words, there were times when he would be trying to get rid of what he was chewing and sometimes he would end up swallowing it. A lot.

She told me that while she wasn’t quite ready to admit it, she knew that if she kept giving him toys, he would eventually swallow one and she would have to go through the process of cleaning it out from his stomach (which she dreaded doing).

So, she stopped giving him toys altogether.

Instead, she started keeping a bowl of food in the house and she made sure he was well fed before leaving home.

If she forgot to feed him, he would sit patiently by the door waiting for her to come home.

When she arrived, he would run over and greet her.

Then, he would jump up onto the counter and wait expectantly by the bowl.

If she didn’t bring any food, he would sit quietly by the door again until she returned.

He never tried to eat anything he saw lying around the house.

In fact, he never even looked at it.

But she noticed that whenever he came across something edible, he would lick it off and then look at it like he wanted to eat it.

So, she figured he must have some kind of instinct about what he should and shouldn’t eat.

And so, she started feeding him leftovers.

Dogs Lick Their Toys

Dogs licking as a way to relieve stress

In fact, this is one of the many reasons why dogs lick.

Licking is a natural behavior that helps them cope with stress.

When they are stressed out, they may lick their paws or each other.

They may shake and wag their tails.

They may even bark and growl.

All of these behaviors help them release pent-up energy and anxiety.

However, if you are concerned about your pet’s licking, there are some things you can do to ease your mind.

First, realize that dogs will lick when they are anxious.

If you notice your dog licks more often when you are home, then you should probably give him some extra attention.

Next, realize that dogs lick to calm themselves down.

If you see your dog licking himself while sitting on his bed, you should give him some love and attention instead of worrying about whether he is choking himself to death.

Finally, realize that most dogs don’t actually choke on toys.

The chances of a dog choking on an object are very slim to none.

In fact, the chances of a dog choking on anything are extremely low.

However, the chances of a dog choking on its own saliva are pretty high.

So, if you are worried about your dog eating objects, make sure you keep him away from those objects.

This includes toys, but also include food bowls, water dishes, and any other items that you put food in.

If you are still concerned about your dog swallowing something, then you should talk to your vet.

He should be able to tell you how to prevent your dog from swallowing objects.

If you are worried about your dog getting sick from licking itself, then you should take a closer look at what your dog is licking off of.

For example, is it food?


Other types of liquids?

Then you should wash it off before you allow your dog to lick again.

Dogs licking as a way to get attention

So what exactly does your dog do when you leave the room?

Well, there are many reasons why your dog licks or chews on an object.

And while some of them are obvious (like the one you mentioned), others can be hard to figure out.

Licking is often used by dogs as a way to get your attention.

If your dog is feeling anxious or stressed, he will often turn to his favorite toys.

Some dogs will chew on anything they find in the yard, while others may even do this in their crate.

They won’t stop until you come back home and give them a treat.

If you have a dog who likes to play fetch, then he will probably continue playing even after you put him down.

He will often use whatever he finds lying around – especially if it looks interesting – to entertain himself.

Some dogs like to chew on things to help them feel better.

So if your dog is chewing on an item, it could mean he is trying to relieve anxiety or stress.

This is especially true for older dogs who may be dealing with arthritis or other age-related problems.

Many dogs enjoy eating things.

While this behavior is common among cats, dogs tend to do so more.

Because of this, it’s important to make sure you don’t leave any food lying around that your dog can access.

You can also try giving your dog his own bowl of water instead of just drinking from the kitchen tap.

Dogs love attention.

When you leave the house, sometimes your dog will start doing “doggy tricks” to get your attention back.

For example, if your dog knows that you always walk outside together, he may begin following you around the yard or even wait for you to return before going back inside.

Some dogs will also bark loudly to call for attention.

Of course, it’s best to ignore these behaviors as much as possible.

Dogs licking as a way to show excitement

My friend is right.

Dogs don’t usually chew toys or anything else they find interesting.

That’s because they are pack animals.

They need to be able to communicate with one another so that everyone knows what is going on around them.

And when they do this, they use many different ways to express themselves.

Licking is one of the most common ways that dogs convey information to each other.

If you have ever seen a puppy lick its paws, you know exactly how important this behavior is to dogs.

Lick your own paws?

No problem.

But if someone licks your feet, even if you aren’t aware that they did, then you will probably start to feel uncomfortable.

This is especially true if they do it regularly.

The same thing goes for humans.

When you see someone else licking their lips, you immediately think that they are hungry.

You may even reach out to offer them some food yourself.

But if you look closer, you can tell that this person isn’t actually hungry.

Instead, they are trying to convey an emotion to you.

Maybe they are excited about something, or maybe they are angry. Or maybe they are simply enjoying the moment.

If you have ever seen a dog lick itself, you understand the importance of this behavior.

A dog that licks itself doesn’t mean it is sick.

In fact, it means that there is something wrong.

It may be a health issue, such as fleas, or an emotional problem, such as separation anxiety.

Whatever the reason, the dog needs help.

Dogs licking as a way to explore their environment

The next day, when I went over to visit her home again, I found her dog exploring his new surroundings.

He was sniffing the floor, looking into corners, and testing the air by lifting his head and opening and closing his mouth.

The moment he spotted me, he ran to greet me and started licking my face!

This is an example of what scientists call “licking behavior.”

Dogs are known to use their tongues for many reasons.

They can be used as tools for finding food or digging holes.

They may also help them communicate with other members of their pack.

There are several different types of licking behaviors that dogs engage in, but most importantly,
they use their tongues to explore their environments.

Scientists believe that tongue-based exploration helps dogs find out more about their surroundings, whether it’s a new place or an old one.

When you think about it, this makes sense.

If your dog knows where everything is, how far away it is, and what dangers could be lurking around, then your dog will be safer and more efficient at finding things like food and water.

When you first bring your dog home from the shelter, you may notice him or her licking a lot.

This is normal.

Your dog needs to get familiar with his or her new home before settling down.

So don’t worry if your dog licks a lot right off the bat.

As time goes on, you’ll start seeing him or her exploring less often.

Eventually, your dog should stop licking altogether.

Megan Turner

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