Every dog owner knows the joyful greeting you receive from your dog when you arrive home. It may involve barking, jumping, and wiggling, orall of these things, though with most dogs it certainly also involves licking. Of course, this could include your face, your hands, your feet (if you arent wearing shoes), the insides of your ears, your hair, and every other spot the dog can gain access to before its told to stop!
When your dog licks its own body (its paws, its privates, and even its butt!), another dogs body, inanimate objects, such as your couch, or even the air, some of the reasons are perfectly normal. However, other licking activity might indicate that its time for a visit to your vet.
Not everyone wants to be licked all over by their dog, though you might be surprised when you learn why licking is such a central part of a dogs identity. Why do dogs lick, when other pets do not? For example, your cat will clean its fur for hours, but its not likely to want to lick every inch of your face! Your guinea pig? Horse? Hamster? Goldfish? Lovebird? No way! The dog is born to lick, and there are important reasons why!
Renowned dog behavior expert and author Victoria Stilwell says that licking is a behavior that is very important to a newborn puppys survival. Right from birth, that is how the mother communicates with her new puppies, how she stimulates them to start breathing, and how she cleans them when they are born, Stilwell says.
Licking is the first expression of love a dog receives!
Author: Phyllis Maddox
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