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Of course, many peoples first thought goes to this: the dog licks you because it loves you. As for licking cuts on humans, dogs have a natural instinct to try to heal sores by licking them.
AnonymousAugust 4, 2013 at 1:32 PMI am probable crazy in some peoples thinking, but I am a dog lover and I find it pleasant to have my dog lick my legs. With such a greeting, it’s only natural that the tongue is one of the primary instruments by which dogs interact with their environment.
Whether they are around other dogs or with people, dogs also lick those to whom they would show deference and submission. Anyone who is licked by a dog for the first time may find it a startling, ticklish, or amusing experience.
In the ancient world, wise folk and healers noticed that dogs licked their own wounds as well as those of people. Anyone with two dogs will probably tell you that dogs definitely feel jealousy—and it’s true! Like a mother cuddling her baby, when a dog licks for affection, endorphins are released, and it makes the dog feel good. Given this, we must expect the tongue, and its power of licking, to play at least some part in their interactions with people. They lick each other in packs when they are in the wild, in environments where two or more dogs live together, or just lounging around the house with their human owners. If a dog gets a sense that the act of licking people brings them pleasure, and earns them a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears, he may come to link the two. Dogs have a lot of bacteria and yeast that grow on their paws as a result of moisture that gets caught in the many folds and pockets between their toes. A recent study confirmed that your pet gets a little miffed when you start petting other dogs on the side.
A study asked dog owners to place a treat in front of their dogs, tell them not to eat it, and then walk away.

When dogs meet new people and other dogs, the brief licking on the face and mouth is most likely for showing friendliness. When the leaders come back, the other wolves will lick the mouth to try to encourage the leader to share the food, or even regurgitate it. Dogs use licking as a gesture showing that they are submissive to the person, like their perceived pack leader. Dogs may not have any healing properties in their mouths, but at least the thought is nice. Dogs have heightened senses, in their noses and taste buds, so many of their communication skills come from sniffing and licking things. Dogs lick people for some reasons that we can safely interpret and likely for many reasons we will never understand, until that glorious day when dogs acquire the power of human speech. Dogs lick people as a form of communication, but licks do not always convey the same message. From the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome all the way through to the Middle Ages in Europe, you might be surprised to learn that dogs were not only encouraged, but even trained to lick wounds as a mode of healing. Moreover, the part of the brain dedicated to smell is 40 times larger in dogs than in humans. In some trials, the dogs were scolded regardless of whether they had eaten the treat or not; in other trials, they were not scolded at all. The dog is trying to tell the new person that she has no aggressive feelings or fear towards them, and they use licking the face as that form of communication. One explanation is that dogs repeatedly lick their nose throughout the day to keep it clean. Scientists recorded the reactions of the dogs and looked for jealous signs such as pushing the owner or snapping. If the tail is straight up, it is a sign of confidence or aggression; down and curled between the legs usually means fear or submission.
The results showed that the dogs always looked guilty when scolded, but dogs that weren’t reprimanded for bad behavior made no face at all.

So, many dogs do seem to lick people near the mouth, and may be trying to see if there's any leftovers for them.
Even though it is a bit yucky, dogs can pick up information from your taste and scent, after you've been out for a long day.
DeleteAnonymousMarch 16, 2014 at 9:06 PMMy schnauzer licks my legs and feet especially at bedtime when I have had a long day and I find it relaxing. If you’re anything like me, though, a communicative lick is just as much a dog asserting his control over you! When puppies lick her mouth, she will regurgitate whatever she’s eaten and offer it to her young. We’ve all met dogs for the first time, offered a hand for them to sniff, and found our hands licked in return. Doggy kisses are also a way for your pet to feel better: Licking releases endorphins that calm and relieve stress. The study found that dogs displayed many jealous tendencies and made attempts to break the owner away from the rival.
When dogs lick people, particularly about the mouth, what we may think of as a kiss may actually be a request for food. Dogs don’t sweat the way humans do, so they pant and let off extra heat through their noses.
I’d know I found the desired spot because, for a couple of seconds, as I scratched, she would lick my arm. I have a mild case of psoriasis on the backs ofor my legs and my dog lick them every single night at bedtime! I sometimes wonder if my dog detects an illness when he licks my ankles and once in a while my legs.

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