Posted on August 5, under Dog Articles. By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.
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.
You may appreciate the slobbery greeting your dog gives you upon your return from work each day, but do you ever wonder the reason behind it? Dogs lick their owners, other dogs, and themselves for a variety of reasons ranging from love and submission to a possible medical condition. Following are common reasons your dog might be offering up canine kisses.
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.
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.
At first glance, the act of a dog licking its owner appears only to suggest affection and familiarity. Maria Grazia Caloreveterinary surgeon, and expert in pet behaviour, explains. Slow and somewhat noisy licks characterise the special contact between a bitch and her young puppies.
He is a very sweet dog, but we cannot get him to stop licking us. When I say licking I mean that we cannot pet him without getting licked.
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. As any dog owner knows, dogs lick often and for a variety of reasons.
Animals know that when they get hurt, their wound needs to be soothed because it is painful. When their companion and their owner who they look up to is hurt, they think it is their job to take care of the pain and soothe their companion. Humans, dogs, as well as other species, will desire to quickly attend to their wounds.