Why Does My Dog Lick Me So Much?

Aug 11, 2015 at 2:45 pm |

More Than Just Puppy Love.



Why do dogs lick? As it turns out, there are a few reasons.

Man’s best friend may be capable of a very human range of love and emotions, but unlike us, dogs don’t have as many ways to convey their feelings. Instead, they largely have to rely on their bark, tails, and, of course, their tongues.

According to the American Kennel Club, licking comes instinctually to a dog as one of the primary ways they interact with the world. When they’re young, they lick their mothers if they’re hungry, and puppies depend on licking to play and connect with each other. Basically, dogs use their slobbery tongues to explore the world, and that means you and your face!

On the other paw, there could be more selfish reasons. Since dogs may associate licking dominate others (their mothers, leaders of a pack) for food, when your dog starts licking you, it might just mean that he wants something! Don’t forget they like the sweat in your skin and might be looking for food particles around your mouth. The more you react positively to his wet affection, the more your dog will keep licking you in the future.

Keep those slimy kisses coming, and SHARE this with a friend who loves their dog as much as you.



Turns out it’s more than just puppy love.