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How come dogs lick the air?

To smell We all know dogs have an incredible sense of scent, but did you realize they have a specialized smelling organ called the vomeronasal organ?

In anticipation of food When dogs expect food or are hungry, they may begin licking the air.

An act of mimicry When scratched in regions where they cannot reach, some dogs lick the air as a mimicry act of the scratching itself.

Skin irritation Some dogs lick air to touch areas they can't reach when they're itchy.

Submissive behavior Dogs' air-licking and lip-licking have been overused to show submission when a more powerful dog approaches.

Anxiety or stress Animals that are stressed or anxious, such as when they are abruptly moved into a new environment, can self-soothe by licking the air and their lips.