Is it normal for dogs to moan when they lick themselves?


New member
Oct 18, 2019
My friend lives with her sister, and she is around her sisters dog a lot. She says the dog licke itself a lot, but there are no sores or bald spots or anything but it’s hard to tell because it has a long coat. She also said the dog makes like moaning or grunting sounds when it licks itself. I thought at first it might be normal because the moans might mean the it feels good to the dog, but might it mean that the dog is in pain if it moans when it licks itself?


Apr 20, 2021
Likely it is licking itself more than is normal as its body is reacting (allergic) to something, if fed kibble it could be any number of one of the ingredients in the kibble and its licking is temporarily relieving the itching pain.

Over licking is caused by allergies ( food given or environmental), boredom( so forms a habit & also in the past it has recieve attention from humans even if it was negative to say " stop licking" so craves any attention), dry skin ( nutrient deficiencies in the diet, too-frequent of bathing, changes in weather, or allergies) hormonal imbalance, ( underlying medical condition like cushings, thyroid issues or yeast infection) pain, or parasites(fleas, mites, ticks and lice ).


New member
Sep 17, 2022
Some pets may also show obvious signs of discomfort while licking or grooming. Signs may include vocalizing, whimpering, moaning, or groaning.