The more things you can do to help your dog’s skin feel better, the less he will lick his paws.
However, you should not downplay the paw licking in dogs even if they (fleas) don’t reside in its paws. The dog might be allergic to the flea’s saliva which stimulates itching thus leading to paw licking.
On a recent Saturday afternoon I was lounging around, trying to concentrate on my new novel through the slurp, slurp, slurping of my Doberman Pinscher, Jax, seemingly trying to remove the pads from his front paws with his enormous tongue. I was interrupted by a text from my tennis buddy “why is my dog constantly licking his paws?” OK, I thought as I tossed my novel aside, time to compose that article I’ve been meaning to write since the beginning of spring. “Why Do Dogs Lick their Paws?”
Excessive Paw Licking in Dogs - It May Not Be Allergies - IVC Journal
Clean Your Dog's Paw to Reduce Her Paw Licking Tendencies
Our dogs require consistency in their daily routines to remain happy and healthy. When that routine is disturbed, an emotionally sensitive dog can become upset and anxious. A new baby or a new pet in the family, or something simple such as a change in diet or altering the time you normally come home from work, can easily push some dogs into fits of anxiety and they'll lick their paws as a way to comfort themselves.About 25 breeds totally dominate the paw licking category. They are usually pure breeds, and the smaller dogs seem to do it slightly more than the larger dogs. Although little dogs lick more, they do less damage to themselves. Larger dogs can lick or chew until it bleeds and becomes infected with bacteria or yeast.As most dog owners know, a restless animal can get into all kinds of trouble attempting to relieve her boredom, and with some dogs, that includes obsessive paw licking. Particularly if your dog is a high-energy pooch who needs lots of exercise, paw licking can easily become a soothing habit.The best thing you can do to help a dog who is licking her paws is to use a cheap steam vaporizer in the room where she sleeps. In the summer, tree and grass pollen can make dogs skin itch. But a huge factor is dry skin caused by dry air.