Stopping these unwanted foot baths is simple — use those feet to walk away.
Stelow encourages owners to refrain from any types of punishment to deter the behavior. “First, it won’t support the owner’s bond with the dog. Second, it will backfire if the dog is trying to relieve stress or get the owner’s attention by licking,” Stelow explains.
If the licking is compulsive, and your dog doesn’t get the hint, a trip to the vet might be in order. A veterinary or behavioral specialist can help pinpoint any underlying medical issues that might be prompting the slobbery feet kisses.
Happily, feet licking usually isn’t something to worry about, Stelow says.
As long as you’re not ticklish.