Why do dogs lick?
Whether you love the smell of your dog or not, you’ll never be able to get away from the fact that dogs lick. A lot. Everything from your feet to the sofa will inevitably get covered in your pooch’s slobber.
Some folks will like to think they’re “giving you a kiss”, while other people just get plain annoyed. Let’s look at some real reasons behind our dog’s slobbery ways…
While not strictly a “giving you a kiss”, this is a sign of your dog’s affection and signals a strong bond between dog and human. You should be flattered!
How many times have you reacted to a paper cut by putting your wounded finger in your mouth? Dogs behave in very much the same way and will lick their wounds to heal and clean the bacteria away – keeping it free of disease.
Puppies lick their mother’s mouths to try and force them to regurgitate food. Nice.
They like the taste of humans! Dogs love our salty skin. They are also probably the only creature willing to go near your cheesy feet too. Well, either that or they can taste the cookie crumbs you dropped when you raided the biscuit tin.
Just like us having our daily shower (I should hope!), licking is a way for dogs to keep clean.
Look out for this one. Excessive licking is bad and will reopen a wound, exposing it to bacteria. This is a sign of discomfort and nervousness and you should seek medical and/ or behavioural assistance. Pay extra attention to your dog’s needs – they’re trying to tell you something’s not right.
Does your dog’s licking irritate you or do you welcome it? Let us know in the comments below.