Why Do Dogs Lick Their Nose So Much?

by Surya Gopal

Have you ever wondered why dogs usually lick their nose?

Just because the length of their tongue allows them to do so, isn’t a sufficient answer. There can be rather many reasons why your pooch keeps licking their nose.


The Nose- Your Pooch’s Sniffing Tool

The nose is one of the most vital organs of your dog’s body and they rely on their nose to sense almost everything. From survival to exploration, your dogs are completely dependent on their nose.

Dogs usually rely on their amazing sense of smell and will lick their nose to keep it clean and moist. The increased moisture allows them to easily catch the scents. 

Why Do Dogs Lick Their Nose Normally?

Your dog’s nose can be very helpful for them in times of physical exertions and high temperatures, as it acts as a cooling system for their body. There can also be many other reasons for your pooch to lick their nose. 

The 5 primary reasons why your pooch will lick their nose are-

  • Encouraging calmness when anxious.
  • Cleaning it.
  • Cooling themselves off.
  • Communicating calmness to other dogs.

Abnormal Nose Licking in Your Dog’s



It is normal if your dog licks their nose sometimes. But if they continue to do this often and you find it different from other days, it can be due to some underlying problems.

Reasons for abnormal nose licking can be-

  • Nausea
  • Nose injury
  • Partial seizures
  • Dental disease
  • Tumor
  • Excessive nasal discharge

It is always better to consult your vet in case your dog’s lick their nose often or abnormally.


Nose licking is a part of your pup’s natural behavior. You can easily see how happy your dogs are when they lick their nose and jump in front of you. Next time you go for a walk with your dogs, see how they lick their nose, wag their tails, and enjoy the company of their friends. Dog’s sometimes do these little antics to entertain you too!

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