why does my dog lick inside my ears

Our canine companions are known for having many cute, quirky, and sometimes even bizarre behaviors. Many of them stem from some evolutionary behavior or communication mechanism. Others are just unique to the family dog. You may have noticed your pet licking the ears of another dog, cat, or even human in the household. This borderline gross behavior is not uncommon among dogs, but most pet owners have to wonder why their dog is licking ears. There are two possible answers to this age old question. Dogs are pack animals, meaning that most of their day to day activities are some form of communication. The ever changing social structure in a pack makes it necessary that dogs are good communicators. Two dogs who are close friends or family members often engage in mutual grooming. The ears are a place that can get pretty dirty, and dogs are unable to groom them on their own.


If you see a dog licking ears, whether they belong to another dog, a cat, or even you, he or she is saying two things:
I am comfortable with you and accept you as part of my pack. I respect and love you. Many times the more submissive dog of the two animals will be the one doing the licking, as it is a sign of respect and admiration. Next time you get an earful of tongue from your pooch, remember it just means he adores you! Sometimes, however, ear licking goes back to another innate dog behavior: being a little bit disgusting sometimes. Some dogs develop a penchant for the taste of ear wax. Who needs a peanut butter filled Kong when your kitty friend has an ear canal full of wax? Ear wax is a little on the salty side and can make a tasty treat for pooches with a sophisticated palate. Other dogs are attracted to the change in smell (and probably taste) of the discharge in an ear when there is an infection present.


A sudden interest in another petвs ears may indicate there is a problem in the ear canal. Dogs depend on their mouths to experience the world, and ear licking is one way of exploring. If the behavior is excessive, though, you do need to be careful. Sometimes continued moisture in an ear can to contribute to an ear infection, so it is best to discourage more than the occasional lick. If ear licking becomes a problem, try to distract your pet with interactive toys and other types of affection. Once in a while a pet will develop an almost compulsive type behavior that requires medical intervention. If your dog is licking another petвs ears excessively, В We are happy to check out the lick-ee for signs of an ear problem as well as the lick-er, if needed.


While it is not uncommon for a dog to love to lick your ears, some still are not sure what it is that they love and why they do it. One explanation is that it is a sign of affection. Nuzzling, licking, and even nibbling on the ears of another pack member (in this case, you) can be a means to show that your pup is comfortable with you. They can be trying to say that they accept you as part of their pack, specifically as their pack leader, and that they respect and love you. Licking seems to be especially prevalent with dogs who are more submissive in nature. P Licking can also be connected to a more primal instinct still present from the time when dogs lived without human pack leaders. It is commonplace for close family members of a pack to groom one another. With places like the ears being particularly difficult to groom, another member of the pack would step in and lick the ears clean.


Some domesticated dogs still feel this need to assist other family members with their grooming. No matter how clean you keep your ears, they are still a source of unusual smells to your pooch. And the fact that dogs explore the world through smell and taste as much as any other sense validates this theory. With their overly keen senses, your dog could learn a tremendous amount about you from licking your ears. These smells, combined with the bitter taste inside your ears, can actually quite appealing to dogs. Whether it seems to be from a deeply rooted instinct to aid in grooming or something that is done from boredom some dogs like to lick your ears. There are even some dogs who have developed a taste for the wax inside human ears. Gross, right?!

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