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Many dog owners are just waiting for one thing after a long day at work to come home and enjoy the warm welcome from their dog. A feeling of well-being and satisfaction comes over us just to observe their reaction and their enormous joy to see us.
If you think our dogs lick us just to show us affection, then that’s a mistake. There are many reasons our dogs instinctively start licking us, but why do they?
The dogs express their feelings in different ways. But what all dogs of all breeds have in common is that they keep licking their master .
It’s their way of showing you how happy they are when you come home.
They jump on you and lick your face. However, they can also do it to communicate with you, to reproduce situations from their childhood, out of habit or even to deal with stressful situations.
Find out why 5 possible meanings of dog licking on their master :
1. Show their affection
The reason that seems the most obvious to many dog owners behind this behavior is the display of affection . What master (s) has never known the happiness of returning home after a long absence receiving a warm welcome from his dog, embellished with a few licks on the face , on the hands and, let’s say it, all skin areas within reach of the tongue. On the other hand, make sure that this behavior is not systematic, because it can be problematic (especially in terms of hygiene) for those around you or any person your dog will come across.
Communication can be bodily, such as when the dog wags its tail or barks . He tries to tell us something through these gestures.
It’s the same when he licks; your dog may want to tell you that he needs to eat . Indeed, the puppy has a habit of practicing licking on his mother in order to tell her that he is hungry and that he wants to obtain food. He therefore reproduces it by mimicry in adulthood, thinking that you will understand him as his natural mother.
3. Get your attention
Dogs not only want to love, but also want to be loved. They love to receive your attention and will do anything for it. Lick you, jump on you… These are all attempts to get your attention.
Your role and responsibility in this type of licking should not be underestimated. It is you who will encourage this practice simply by the reaction you will have to the licking.
If at each licking, you react systematically (whether it is to give him a caress or an admonition), your dog gets what he wants: a reaction from you. This is only what he is looking for and you give him satisfaction.
4. A gesture to soothe a stressful situation
For dogs, licking can also be a marker in an attempt to soothe a situation in which they are feeling stressed. The dog does it by mimicry in memory of his childhood.
When he was a puppy, his mother used to lick him and his siblings to defuse a conflict or reassure the litter in the face of an anxiety-provoking event. Thus, it may happen that your dog licks you when you are scolding him (as a sign of appeasement) or when he finds himself in the middle of an argument between you and a loved one.
It is moreover a ritual of appeasement that it can also reproduce with an aggressive congener in order to attenuate the conflict.
5. Develop their senses
Dogs are hunters by nature. They are endowed with unusual senses for exploring places and discovering objects. Their language also serves as an investigative tool.
So he can lick you just because he likes the taste of your skin . Sweat can satisfy his taste buds just like moisturizer or still scented water after leaving your shower .
Many dog owners are amazed to see their pet rush to lick their legs when they get out of the shower, the secret is finally revealed.
Good to know: In addition, beware of intensive licking which is a behavioral disorder of the dog that should be dealt with quickly, it can testify to a discomfort such as anxiety, deep boredom or even neurological order.
This obsessive-compulsive disorder can therefore be developed by the dog who will use licking as an occupation or to cope with his perpetual stress. Only the sustained frequency of dog licking should alert you.
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