Dogs have different ways of demonstrating their loveloyalty and obedience to us. One of these ways is to lick us. But what does it mean when a dog licks you?
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Have you ever wondered why dogs lick you? Most dogs love to lick people. It's so common that dog owners usually call it "giving kisses" and consider it a sign of affection.
Dog lovers tend to interpret the licks dogs give them as kisses - but are these sloppy slurps really signs of affection? According to Ebbecke, "long, slurpy kisses that are accompanied by a soft, wiggly body are usually very affectionate gestures. But some small kisses around the mouth can mean something different. Some dogs even lick people to give themselves some space.
The bottom line is that most of the time, dogs will lick their people as a sign of affection. You taste good, too! But much as barking can be, licking is also a multi-faceted tool that seems to play many roles in canine behavior and, consequently, tends towards many different interpretations.
Posted on August 5, under Dog Articles. By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.
Licking is an instinctive canine behavior that dogs use to communicate with people and other animals. When your dog licks your face, he could be trying to send you a message, gather information about you, keep you clean, or he may simply enjoy the pleasurable sensation of licking. Your dog loves you.
One of the behaviors your dog may use involves licking, especially licking your face. When dogs are puppies, their mothers lick them to groom them and to get them to urinate and even digest food. Before a pup even opens its eyes, it knows the calming and familiar experience of being groomed by mom.
Ever wonder what your dog is thinking when he slurps your face like a lollipop? Is he just saying hello—or planting the canine version of a kiss on your cheek? Although we may never know the real answer, it helps to understand the psychology of the lick.
If you have a dog that licks a lot, you might be left wondering why. If he is licking between his toes, for instance, it would be logical to check that area to see if there is a burr, a splinter or a sore that he is worrying. If he is licking his tail, or the base of his rump, you might consider a flea problem or an anal gland irritation.