Why Do Dogs Lick You?
At one level, this is an easy one: simply a way of showing affection is the obvious answer. Pleasurable endorphins are released into their blood, making them feel calm and comforted. Some people refer to this as kissing, believing that our dogs just love to kiss us.
Then why don’t they ‘kiss’ us all the time, if it’s that pleasurable? Well, some dogs do!
Constant licking can be a symptom of a more serious problem. If your dog licks itself or you excessively, to the point that it seems like self-stimulation, this might be a sign of anxiety, allergies, boredom, or pain.
If you don’t like them licking you, rather than using a cross word or other negative reinforcement, it’s better to distract them with a game or a ball. If that’s not working, it’s highly likely that they’re trying to tell you something, and it’s wise to get them to your vet for a check-up.
In this age of dogs being used to sniff out illnesses in humans, there is a theory that excessive licking can be the dog’s way of identifying an illness in you. So if your vet gives your dog the all clear, it’s not fanciful to suggest that your next step is to take yourself for a check-up.
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