It is highly possible that your dog will become bored from time to time. If you suspect your dog is licking his feet out of boredom, try distracting him.
You can distract your pet by giving him a toy, treat or lots of attention whenever he starts licking.
Also, ensure that you spend enough time with your pet so that he does not get bored. Playing with your pet is a must. It will help build trust between you and your dog, and also make him feel secure.
10. Eliminate Parasites
Infestation with fleas, ticks or mites can also cause your beloved pet to excessively scratch their body and lick their paws. Keep checking your dog for any parasitic infestation and take steps to eliminate it.
- Add some mild dish soap to your pet’s warm bath water. Soak your pet in this bath water for 10 minutes, then rinse your pet. Repeat a few times a week for a couple of weeks.
- You can also spray a solution of equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water on your pets coat and paws daily until the itching stops.
- Be sure to launder your pet’s bedding, vacuum the carpeting, and treat his living area with a disinfectant to get rid of the infestation.
- Feed your dog a natural, wholesome diet that is free of artificial flavors and colors, with supplements added to boost his immunity.
- If your dog licks his paws due to arthritic pain, make walking a part of your dog’s routine. Regular exercise can also stimulate the dog’s brain, release a lot of pent-up energy and keep the dog happy.
- Licking due to a skin irritation can be prevented by adding omega-3 fatty acids to your dog’s diet. Fatty acids help fight dry skin, and stop itching and other irritations.
- Backent your dog from accessing any area of your home that may have allergens, such as garden areas or your laundry room.
- Bathe your dog with a shampoo made specifically for dogs. You can try one made with oatmeal for softer, less irritated skin.