Every dog owner knows that dogs are attracted to the sound of their own barking.
But what about when they lick your ears?
It’s a natural instinct for dogs to want to groom themselves.
They do this by licking their fur, skin, or any part of their body that is in need of some TLC.
Dogs have an incredible sense of hearing and sight—they can hear sounds as low as 2 hertz, which is equivalent to 2 cycles per second (cps).
They also have a keen sense of smell, with one nostril being four times larger than the other.
But what most people don’t know is that dogs are also very tactile creatures.
They prefer to touch things rather than see them.
In fact, it’s estimated that a dog will touch something up to 100 times per day.
Dogs also like to be scratched behind the ear, and they enjoy having their nails trimmed.
So why do we scratch our dogs behind their ears?
The Science of Ear Licking
There are several reasons why dogs enjoy ear-licking.
Dogs have more than 300 types of nerve cells called sensory neurons which help them to sense changes in temperature, touch, pain, pressure, vibration, and movement.
The more sensitive these nerve cells are, the more likely it is that a dog will be able to feel something even if it isn’t there.
One reason why dogs may lick their ears is because they can detect chemicals in the air or on their bodies through their taste buds.
This helps them to know whether they’re safe from predators or not, or if they should be wary of another dog nearby.
Another possible reason is because dogs like to smell.
A dog’s nose has around 40 million olfactory receptors compared with only 10 million in our noses.
When we smell something, these receptors send information to the brain where it is interpreted as smells.
To be able to smell, however, you must first be able to breathe.
But for dogs, smelling is so important that they often use their tongues to find out whether or not they can smell anything.
So when you let your dog sniff your hand, he may choose to lick your fingers to check whether you have an aroma or not.
If you’ve ever seen one of those YouTube videos where a dog licks its own tongue, then you’ll understand why dogs love to lick their tongues.
Their tongues are moist and covered in thousands of tiny hairs that are designed to trap bacteria and other germs.
If you give your dog a bath, he will usually spend quite a bit of time licking his tongue to remove all of the dirt and germs before putting his mouth back in.
Dogs and Allergies
In addition to cleaning their coats, dogs also like to lick their paws, noses, and ears.
This is an important grooming habit for keeping their coats clean, as well as preventing bacterial infections.
These bacteria can cause irritation and inflammation on their skin and coat.
If you have ever heard your dog whimper while scratching their ear, then you know how painful it is.
One of the most common reasons why dogs lick their ears is because they are trying to prevent ear mites from getting into their ears.
Ear mites are microscopic parasites that live in the ears of dogs.
The itching associated with ear mites makes them hard to ignore.
However, if your dog licks his ears frequently, it could be a sign that he has ear mites.
Ear mites are not harmful to your dog.
However, if your dog scratches its ears excessively, this could lead to an infection.
Itchy, red, inflamed ears are a clear indication that your dog needs medical attention.
In fact, ear mites can spread to other parts of your dog’s body, including the eyes, nose, genitals, and mouth.
So, if your dog licks his ears, take note!
Another reason why dogs lick their ears is to keep their hearing in check.
Hearing loss is one of the most common health problems in dogs.
There are many causes of hearing loss in dogs, but the two main ones are aging and exposure to loud noises.
If your dog barks constantly after being exposed to loud noises, then it may indicate that he has developed noise-induced hearing loss.
If your dog suffers from a hearing problem, there are ways to help him improve his hearing.
One way to help your dog hear better is to get him used to using a hearing aid.
Another option is to use a pair of noise-canceling headphones.
For more information on these solutions, read our article on how to treat a dog with hearing loss.
Finally, dogs lick their ears to cool down.
When your dog licks his ears, he is actually cooling off his entire body.
After all, he doesn’t just lick his ears — he licks his head, legs, belly, and even his tail.
As a result, licking ears helps regulate your dog’s body temperature.
Now that we know why dogs lick their ears, let’s look at some scientific evidence behind this natural behavior.
Why Do Dogs Like to Lick Ears?
Licking one’s self is an innate behavior.
It is a form of grooming that helps keep our bodies clean and healthy.
Some animals (including humans) may even perform ear cleaning as a form of social bonding.
This includes both male-to-male and female-to-female interactions.
But why does a dog like to lick its ears?
And what can it tell us about the canine species?
In order to understand why a dog licks his ears, we must first look at the role of scent play between dogs.
When you think about it, there are three basic ways that dogs can communicate with each other.
They can use their voice, their body language, and/or their scent.
In fact, most pet owners know that dogs will often sniff each other’s butts or genitals if they feel threatened.
One interesting aspect of this is that it often happens before a fight breaks out.
This is because dogs have a strong sense of smell, and they use it to read each other’s moods and emotions.
So, when they detect something bad coming down the road, they can warn each other by using their noses.
As you can imagine, this is an important skill for them to learn.
After all, they rely on their nose to find food, protect themselves from predators, and find shelter in case of rainstorms.
If they were unable to smell danger, they would be completely vulnerable.
For this reason, they are constantly looking for opportunities to practice their ability to read their environment through scent.
And one of the best places for them to do so is in their own ears.
When dogs sniff each other’s ears, it has nothing to do with sexual activity.
Instead, it serves a very important purpose.
To put it simply, it is a way for them to show affection.
If you have ever seen a dog sniff another dog’s butt or genital area, it is likely that he is trying to play.
This type of play is known as “scent play.”
When a dog performs this behavior, it is usually to get close to the other animal and sniff him.
He then either moves away or continues to rub against the other dog’s body until they are both satisfied.
It is also possible that a dog who performs ear licking could be doing so to make himself more attractive to the opposite sex.
However, this doesn’t seem to be the case with many males.
For example, in certain breeds, such as Golden Retrievers, it is common for male dogs to display a behavior called “boar tusks.”
Boar tusks are long, sharp teeth that appear on the upper jaw of a dog.
These are not found in females.
The only way to determine whether or not a male dog has these tusks is to examine his mouth closely.
You should never touch a boar tusk.
The Disadvantages of Ear Licking
Ear licking can be a good thing because it helps keep the ear canal clean and healthy.
However, there are also several disadvantages associated with it.
1. Can Cause Infection
When you have an infection in one of your ears, it will spread to the other ear through ear licking.
This is why it is important to keep both ears clean at all times.
If you don’t wash your ears regularly, then you may end up getting an infection in them.
2. Could Damage Hearing
Another disadvantage of ear licking is that it could damage hearing.
This is especially true if you have long hair around your ears.
The reason why is that when you licked your dog’s ears, you could pull out hairs that were stuck in the ear canal.
These hairs could get caught in the ear canal and cause blockage.
3. Can Make Your Dog Sneeze
Some people think that nose-licking is harmless.
However, it actually makes your dog sneeze.
When he does so, he will sometimes accidentally swallow his tongue.
This causes him to choke on it.
This can lead to serious health problems for your dog.
How to Prevent Your Dog from Licking Ears
But why does your dog lick your ears?
This behavior can be confusing to both you and your dog because it seems like they are trying to communicate something to you.
However, there is no real need to worry about them licking your ears.
This is just one of many ways that dogs show that they love you and are happy to see you.
When it comes to ear cleaning, you should not be alarmed.
It’s just a means of communication between two animals who share an emotional bond.
As long as both parties understand each other and there is no aggression involved, the act of ear licking is perfectly normal behavior.
However, if your dog licks your ears, even if you don’t mind, then it could mean something else entirely.