Turns Out Those Licks Mean More Than Just Love
By Catalina Barrios
Is this kiss a sign of affection?
Every morning it breaks your heart seeing your dog’s sad face when she sees her favorite person in the world leave. You wish you could stay with them to play fetch or go for a nice relaxing walk, but you know you have to work. Once you are done work, you count the minutes and even seconds to see your furry friend again.
You open your door and your dog’s face is priceless. He starts jumping and running around the house with excitement and then he starts licking you as if he hasn’t seen you in months.
Dog’s can’t talk, but they are communicating.
I am sure many of you go through this with your dog. Since dogs can’t talk, (I wish they could) they use their actions and behavior to express their emotions. Every time my dog sees me the first thing she does is lick me. What is she thinking every time she licks me? Is she saying “hello”, is she asking for attention?, is she hungry? is she showing affection?
Enjoy reading this article as you will find out the meaning of your dog’s licks and also learn that sometimes a dog’s lick may mean he wants his own space.
There’s also some extra info for you at the end of the article to further understand your pupper and keep them happy!
1. You taste…. Amazing!
How would you feel if someone tells you that you taste delicious? It sounds a bit weird for me, but for a dog it is not weird at all. Dogs like our salty taste that comes from our skin and they might even enjoy the taste of lotion and deodorants, especially if you use coconut oil.
2. A long kiss means a lot of love!
Even puppies lick to tell you something.
If your dog gives you a long, slurpy kiss followed by wiggling his body it means he loves to infinity and beyond. All that extra goober represents your pup’s extra love!
3. Your dog is hungry!
If your child is hungry they will tell you “Hey, I’m hungry”. If it is around dinner time and your dog starts licking you, it’s her way of telling you she wants food or she will eat you! (just kidding)
4. You need some grooming!
Ah yes, clean the human.
Naturally, dogs lick to clean themselves. If your dogs licks your face often, it may be a sign that he is asking you to help him get cleaned.
“Don’t worry human, I’ll clean you and then you can clean me!”
5. You’re too close!
If you put your face too close to your dog’s face and she licks without showing any affection, chances are she is telling you she wants some space. This is something dogs also learn. For example, if you move away after he licks you, he will learn that he can get a person’s face further away by licking it.
“Here is a warning lick. Please move until further licks.”
6. Your pup is doing detective work!
Your dog is curious about how you feel. Have you ever asked yourself how does your dog know when you are happy or feeling stressed? By licking your face, your dog may be able to know how you feel. Definitely, dogs can be very intelligent.
7. Your dog LOVES you!
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We might have said this already, but this is the most common reason for a dog to lick you. Licking for affection causes your dog to release endorphins that calms and comforts him and makes him feel secure. You are the most important person in his life and he wants you to know.
More Interesting Facts …
- Don’t push your dog away when he licks you. It is a way for him to show how much he cares for you.
- Getting sick from your dog’s kisses is very unlikely. A dog’s mouth is much cleaner than a human’s. Even though a dog may have bacteria in their mouth, it is very important to ensure they are always clean as well as live in a clean household.
- If she doesn’t lick you, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t love you. Breads such as Huskies, Malamutes, American Eskimos, and Greyhounds don’t like licking much even though they are more than happy to learn if you teach them.
- If your dog licks himself way too much it could be because he is bored, anxious or could be feeling pain in his paws or anywhere else in his body.
- Licking your hand can give your dog a sense of satisfaction and stress relief.