Why do dogs bite their paws?

I have a female 4year old boxer. She bites her paws all the time. I need to know why she bites her paws?

Asked by Member 538050 on Nov 28th 2007 in Health & Wellness
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Not all dogs bite their paws. A little nibble now and then could be a common, normal itch. But if the chewing or licking is excessive then there is definitely some other cause.
The most common causes for foot chewing include allergies or boredom/stress.
What is she eating? Check the label for some common allergens such as corn or high amounts of grains, artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. You may also want to try switching food brands completely and choose a formula with a different meat source and a different grain source than what you are currently using. Or try grain free food, home cooking, or a raw diet. Take treats into consideration as well.
To determine whether it is stress or boredom, look at her daily routine. Is she home alone a lot? Does she have a job? Is she well socialized and adaptable to new situations? Consider games or activities to stimulate her mind. This could be an organized sport and training, at home thinking games, or at home trick training.

Gio answered on Nov 29th.

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Kaiden *aka BOO*, PAWS

My first reaction would be to say that they itch. However, I am learning that it can be something more like fleas. *They bite at their paws for a variety of reasons. The 2 most common are as follows:
1. Allergies/irritants which have caused irritation between the toes or on the pads.
2. Full anal glands.

Either case have it checked out..

Kaiden *aka BOO*, PAWS answered on 11/28/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I've heard of several dogs who bite at their paws when they are stressed, much like a nervous tic. Has there been any changes in her life lately (a move to a new house, new baby, less walks, less people home, someone moved out?) If so, I would suggest trying to deflect her attention from the paws, perhaps giving her a toy each time she goes for her paw? I'm not an expert, but after getting a check up at the vet, I would look into possible stressors.

take care!

Rudy answered on 11/29/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I would have it checked, but I would beleive it to be allergies. If she licks at them to a point where they start getting discolored then I would lean more toward allergies than anything

Member 521584 answered on 11/29/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer