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Why Do Dogs Lick You?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

Dog how it Licks its Owner

Why do dogs lick you? That is a very common question among dog owners because all dogs love to lick their owners. Some lick less than others while some get so worked up that they almost go into a frenzy with the least amount of provocation. In fact, sometime it is enough to just look at your furry friend sideways to be overwhelmed and "kissed" until you are completely wet.

My mother has little one at home that will jump onto the back of the sofa in order to reach my mother's face. If my mother blocks her, than she will move on to her arm or legs. No one knows for sure why dogs lick, but there are plenty of theories.


Dogs Licking Behaviour

The first thing a mother will do when a puppy is born is to lick it. This is done to stimulate breathing and to clean the baby of the blood and fluids associated with birth. It is important to keep predators away from the babies; so that the predators don't smell the blood.

It Just Feels Good

Reasons Behind the Dog's Behavioral Licking

Licking is hypothesized to release endorphins in the dog. This is similar to why human enjoy exercising. These endorphins give dogs feelings of comfort, happiness and safety. Perhaps it is similar to cats that purr when they are happy.

Sign of Affection

Way of Communication in Dogs

Licking is simply a sign of affection. Dogs show that they love their owners over other people. I have a dog that loves travelling in the car. She would actually get depressed when she hasn't had a ride in a while. Once, when she got out of the car after a ride, she was SO happy that she went and gave the tire a lick.

Tastes Good

Reasons Why Dogs Lick People

Maybe dogs simply enjoy the taste of skin. Humans are always sweating and sweat is salty. Dogs can have a craving for salt similar to humans.

Sign of Submission

Signs of Dogs Licking Behavior

A submissive dog will lick a dominant dog. This shows who is boss. It can also annoy the other dog as much as the human owners. One little Yorkie I knew used to love to lick the muzzle of an old male dog that she lived with. It never failed that the older dog would complain and would complain with a noise that was between a bark and a cry. The young Yorkie loved to make the older dog yelp like this. You could see that it was almost a game between the two of them.

Stopping Licking

Stop Your Dog's Licking Behavior

Some people find licking an adorable behaviour, but most people find it to be undesirable and unacceptable. To stop licking, you must train your dog, just like with any other unwanted behaviour. One option is to walk out of the room whenever your dog licks. Your dog will eventually associate you leaving with licking and will then stop licking. Do not punish a dog too much for licking. Remember, now you know the answer to the question "Why do dogs lick you?"



Jun 1, 2012 5:50pm
Interesting that dogs with licking, may be releasing endorphins and so increasing natural painkillers and 'feel good' neuro-transmission. I have also read that the licking behaviour, by the mother, at birth, may methylate genes, to turn them on.
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