Why Do Dogs Stick Their Tongue Out?  7 Fascinating Causes

Body Temperature Control

Nothing better for keeping cool than finding shade and letting that tongue hang freely.

Scent Analysis

The sight of a hanging tongue is accompanied by teeth chattering to better lead the chemical cue into the nose!

State Of Mind

Excitement is a tongue hanger for sure! But, it could be stress and anxiety as well.

Hanging Tongue Syndrome

While the syndrome itself is not harmful it carries quite a few risks that can cause additional complications.

Underbite Or Overbite

Known as canine malocclusion in medical circles, this condition causes the teeth to not align properly.

Missing Teeth

Dental disease is among the most common reasons your dog’s tongue sticks out.


Growth anomalies or deformities that cause the dog’s tongue to stick out can occur on the tongue itself.