There is one particular dog habit we humans don’t understand. And that is licking. Some of us don’t enjoy it, and we are also not sure why our dogs lick us because we don’t use that form of communication among us. So, why do dogs lick their owner? To be honest, I have read several opinions on this matter, formulated by dog behaviorist. I said several because it is now known exactly what the reason that trigger dogs to lick people is. Do you want to find out why do dogs lick people? Keep reading as I am going to share with you my findings. I was curious about this as well since both of my dogs seem to enjoy licking my face, hands, and even my feet. So I wanted to find out why they are doing that. Is it a sign of love and care, or what more exactly?
Well, one thing is for sure, dogs like people because they like it, not because someone makes them. But the reason they like it is the one being questioned. For instance, if you watch your dog, you will see him licking himself or licking his peers. Now, that is a sign of appreciation and of self-cleaning. The dog will lick his paws, or other parts of the body, from the desire to be clean. So one of the reasons that will make a dog licking people is for grooming. You dog will want to do you a favor, by cleaning you up. I noticed that one of my dogs is doing that when I come home, on a hot summer day, after I wear sandals. He will sit under my chair and lick the soles of my feet. Probably he can smell the dust and sweat and, out of affection, he wishes to clean me. Too bad I get tickled to fast.
Another theory would by that they just enjoy the taste of our skin, especially because our sweat is salty. Don’t worry, because your dog will not have the tendency to eat you. But once they lick your skin they might want to do it again, because in their opinion you may have a good taste. Why do dogs lick people so much? Well, this may be the reason. Some dogs have a serious licking issues, doing it almost compulsively. Maybe the taste of human skin became an addiction to them. Of course, I might be exaggerating, but dogs that lick too much do exist.
The third theory is that dogs lick people out of affection. Is their way of saying “I love you”. So if they feel that way for you, they won’t miss the chance to lick your face or hands. My Bichon Maltese, in particular, loves licking me on the face, sometimes not caring that I yawn. In the morning, after I wake up, she is all over me, immediately aiming towards my face, to lick me. Apparently, the night is too long for them, and they miss me so much in the morning. They are sweet dogs. So next time you are wondering why dogs lick people, you will have these three main theories to consider. A great aspect is that all three of them reflect affection and appreciation, so don’t get upset on your dog if he licks you. It may be the best way to show that he cares about you. I am sure that he will stop if you say no to him, so there is no need to be historic about it. Humans and dogs are different, and we both express our affection differently, so it is great to understand the way they do it as well, to avoid any misunderstandings.