why does my dog want to lick me
See if this sounds familiar: After going for a long walk with your dog and feeding her, you sit down to relax. She comes over, so you start petting her, but as soon as you do, the licking begins. YouБre not a fan, but it isnБt a big deal at firstБ and then it progresses until sheБs slobbering all over your face. This happens every single time you offer affection! Why? Dogs lick their pack members and themselves for many reasons, and if you want to curb the behavior, it helps to understand its cause. We taste good If your dog is licking their bowl, the floor after a spill, or the counter after youБve been cooking, you might pretty easily come to the conclusion that they simply like the taste. But did you know that the same thing can be true when theyБre licking us? Sometimes we have tiny food particles that they can taste, and beyond that, dogs enjoy the salt on our skin. Grooming You might not think of your pup as particularly concerned with hygiene, but dogs often lick to clean themselves, just like cats.
Pay close attention, though, because excessive anal cleaning can indicate that the glands need to be expressed. Healing Dog saliva has enzymes that kill off bacteria, and when a dog licks himself, it helps to get rid of dead tissue and clean dirt from wounds. Some dogs, however, just canБt stop themselves and may actually reopen wounds or cause other kinds of harm through excessive licking. Compulsion Speaking of excessive licking, if you notice that your dog is licking the same object or area over and over or that they seem to be doing so whenever they are scared or nervous, it might be time to seek medical help. While licking can be a healthy stress reliever, obsessive licking merely reinforces anxiety and makes the problem worse. Communication Dogs lick other dogs to tell them all sorts of things: everything from БIБm hungryБ to БI submit to youБ to БLetБs be friends.
Б They do this with people as well, but weБre typically not as good at interpreting the message. If your dog is licking you with intensity, take a look around and see if something is amiss. Maybe the water bowl is empty or the doggie door is closed. Chances are your dog needs something. Affection This is the most common reason that domestic dogs lick and tends to be the kind of licking most pet parents want to change. Licking for affection causes your dog to release pleasurable endorphins that calm and comfort them, but sometimes it can just get to be too much for people. If you want your dog to stop, ignore them and walk into another room whenever it begins. Eventually they will learn that licking causes you to leave, which isnБt what they want. We all love dogs, but are there any dog behaviors that are annoying to you? Let it out in the comments.
"Victoria, I have aPone-year-old black Lab. He is a very sweet dog, but we cannot get him to stop licking us.
When I say lickingP. I mean that we cannot pet him without getting licked. P What can we do to stop this behavior? "P Kish1 "I have a seven-month-old chow/husky mix and I can't break her of licking everyone. Why? How do you break that habit? "PP zoegirl1 Why is the dog licking? P Right from birth that is how the mother communicates with her new puppies, how she stimulates them to start breathing and how she cleans them when they are born, so it's very important to the survival of puppies. P In the wild and in domestic dogs, you'll find they will lick around the mother's mouth as newborns and puppies still retain that instinct. P It's also sort of a submissive gesturePPthe more subordinate members of a pack will lick the more dominant members and that's important in maintaining pack harmony. PP Dogs also lick because they like the taste of an owner's salty skin and out of habit. P Mostly, with domestic dogs, it's a sign of affection.
Licking releases pleasurable endorphins which gives dogs a feeling of comfort and pleasurePPlike the feeling people get when they are biting their nailsPPit relieves stress. P If your dog's licking is purely a sign of affection, one way to decrease this is to ignore the licking. Licking never gets attention. P IfP your dog licks you, then you immediately stand up and walk into another room. You want to teach your dog that licking means the person will leave the room. P When you pet your dog, if he starts to lick, the petting stops and you walk away. With repetition the licking will stop. If a dog is chronically licking himself, it can be because he is bored, anxious, has skin problems such as allergies, or could be feeling pain either in their paws or elsewhere in their bodies. You should make sure your dog is getting enough stimulation and rule out any infections or allergies by visiting your vet.
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