Licking – Why do our dogs lick us?

lickingWhy do our dogs like to lick our faces?

Is it because they love us? Is it because we taste good? Is it evolutionary to encourage regurgitation of food? Is it to pacify themselves or us?

There seem to be several reasons –  affiliative, attention seeking, stress relieving or tasty! An interesting link.

It’s quite common to go to clients who don’t like their dogs licking them, and somehow just can’t stop them. Here is a very hyper dog I wet to whose owners just couldn’t calm him down – or stop him licking them.

Theo Stewart, The Dog Lady

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About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist having helped over 3000 dog owners over sixteen years (INTODogs - ICAN Companion Animal Behaviourist) and trainer covering Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks, a 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a full member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site:
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