In some scenarios, feet licking may not even be about the owner at all. When a dog licks his owner’s feet, it may be a “displacement behavior” the dog is performing to soothe himself when tensions run high, Stelow explains.
The behavior may not even be feet-specific at all. “It may be that he is ‘a licker’ and licks other things in the household, too,” Stelow says.
Sometimes it’s what is on the feet that counts, the sweatier the better. “From a medical perspective, a high percentage of dogs that lick things have primary gastrointestinal issues,” Stelow adds. “Some suggest that some dogs may be trying to replace a missing mineral nutrient.” In some cases, your dog might actually like the taste (I know, hard to believe).