Why Dogs Lick The Air

Dogs lick air to better detect smells. Their sense of smell is very strong.  

Scent Detection

Air licking can indicate nausea or motion sickness in dogs. If persistent, see a vet.


Nervous or stressed dogs may compulsively lick air. Try calming training.


Dental pain can cause excessive air licking. Have your dog's teeth examined.

Dental Issues

Snorting & licking points to respiratory infection. Veterinary care needed.

Respiratory Disease   

Stomach issues like acid reflux can prompt air licking. Diet change may help.  

Gastrointestinal Upset

Brain conditions like seizures very rarely cause air licking episodes.  

Neurological Causes

Dog Aggression Toward Owners