Why Does My Dog Lick Inside My Ears?

You aren't alone if your dog licks your ears! Have you ever been minding your own business when all of a sudden you feel a wet tongue in your ear? Many pet owners have experienced this same thing.

So, why does your dog lick inside your ears? Ear licking is a grooming technique used by dogs. Dogs who love and trust their owners will groom them by licking inside their ears. Dogs are pack animals and it's part of their behavior!

dog licking girl's ear

How can I stop my dog from licking my ears?

It's important to remember your dog is licking your ears because they trust you. If you want this behavior to stop, you need to do it in a positive way. By using positive reinforcement training, you will maintain that level of trust.

5 Steps to stop your dog from licking your ears:

  1. Don't react when your dog licks your ears. You should act like it isn't happening.
  2. Get up and leave the area or redirect your dog's attention to something else.
  3. Give them an opportunity to lick a toy or treat
  4. Reward their behavior for not licking you.
  5. Make sure your dog is taking regular baths. It's important to understand the signs your dog needs a bath.

man training a dog

In addition to grooming, your dog likes to lick your ears to taste the salt on your skin. When you give them an opportunity to lick something else, you can try something salty.

With consistency and over time, your dog will stop licking your ears.

Why else does my dog lick my ears?

dog licking man's eyes

Your dog may be exploring the world by licking every ear they see. It's usually not a problem if they're licking another dog's ear. They'll enjoy the grooming session.

However, if you notice your dog licking another animal's ears you should take a closer look. The other animal might have an ear infection. Excessive licking can cause a buildup of saliva in the ear canal leading to further infection.

Try using our training technique above to stop the licking.

Why does my female dog lick my ears?

Similar to males, your female dog is signaling a high level of comfort. Additionally, they might just be excited to see you. Both male and female dogs will hump and lick their owners out of excitement.

However, if the occasional ear licking turns into excessive licking throughout the day could be a concern. Anxious and restless dogs will lick your ears, skin, face, and hair repeatedly.

Speak with your vet immediately if you notice this behavior.

Why does my dog lick my other dogs eyes and ears?

dog licking another dog

Dogs cannot reach their own ears. When there is a high level of trust within the pack, one dog will lick another dog's eyes and ears to clean and groom them. It's also to show signs of affection.

You might think it's weird when you see your dog lick another dog's eyes. But remember, their eyes are shut and your dog is licking and cleaning around the eye socket. They aren't licking any part of the actual eye.

Why does my dog lick my ears in the morning?

Again, your dog is comfortable with you and accepts you into their pack. But why do dogs lick your ears in the morning? Think of it like a shower for dogs.

They show affection and get their day started by grooming each other. This grooming includes you and your ears!


Dogs licking ears is totally normal. However, as with any dog behaviors, some can be annoying. If your dog's licking becomes excessive it's time to modify their behavior with our technique outlined above. If you're still having issues, you should contact your local vet or dog trainer.

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.

Boost Your Dog's Health!

Boost your dog's health and calm their anxiety with our daily calming chews.

Packed with 10 essential vitamins, minerals, and herbs, these chews will help your dog wake up feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the day.

Give them 2-6 chews at bedtime and see the difference. Shop now and get FREE shipping!

By Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson is a veteran dog trainer, dog behaviorist, and canine nutritionist with 10+ years experience.

Tory has helped countless families have beautiful relationships with their canine companions.

1 of 3