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The picture of a dog crouched low to the ground licking the lips of another dog’s lips is often viewed as a soft and friendly appeasement gesture. If your adolescent or adult dog offers incessant face licking with dogs that he does not have a solid relationship with, redirect his focus.
When your dog licks your ears, it can be a healthy sign of affection, if a little annoying. My pit bull, Bunker, loves being the center of attention and works hard at achieving that status every chance he gets. I will go along with a little lick or two, but Doug will sit there as long as Bunker wants him to. Licking begins in the whelping box, along with most of the behaviors that your dog displays. As they get older, puppies will lick their mothers (and other adult dogs) around the lips to try to stimulate them to regurgitate partially digested food for them. As communication, puppies will lick around the faces of their elders to show their submission. I think I should start getting up or pushing them down off my lap when they do the licking, perhaps this will change their minds.
Every evening when my husband comes home as soon as he gets still our four year old female Brittany (Liberty) begins licking my husbands toes of his right foot. I believe dogs saliva contains a small bit of healing properties or dogs know how to rid of infection. Florence my gorgeous 9mth cockerpoo licks me, my cat and my mums dog – who is very much an alpha female. My dog will lick either myself, my husband, or both of us, as we are settling into bed at night.
I have a 2 year old Shih Tzu who I love more than life itself who loved licking my face and I enjoy it.
My 3 year old Chihuahua mix Toby licks my face occasionally when I am reading he wants attention- to go outside or play fetch. Face and lip licking is most often offered by young puppies, but can carry on into adulthood.
As a puppy, she was always on her back, belly up, wiggling about and offering relentless face licking. The dog is not overly self-assured and continues to offer the behavior as they have not developed a true confidence or natural ability to speak their own language more confidently and eloquently. Regardless of how clean you think your ears are, they have several unique smells (along with a bitter taste) that appeal to dogs, according to Sally Groth, a dog training consultant.


Just stick to your game plan and his ear-licking extravaganza should at least happen less often. He enjoys it, my husband seems okay with it and as my chihuahua Angel and I snuggle together and watch them, we are one happy family. Believe it or not, licking is a form of communication for dogs, as well as something dogs use for grooming and eating.
This licking is usually directed at their own grooming but it can also include things such as woodwork or furniture.
I’m severely Bi-Polar I, I have severe days where I can barely cope, and recently severely injured myself. But, her family doesn’t seem to give it much attention, and when they do, they treat it more like a little kid and not like a dog.
Or, she’ll lick my face when I start to stir to try and get me up sooner so she can eat and go outside, which is the normal morning routine. She always seems very pleased in doing so, therefore I always took it as her relaxing into the night and letting us know she loves us and is comfortable.
I taught him the world kiss and he is such a little lover when you say kiss he go’s nuts at your lips. Face licking does have boundaries in the dog to dog world of interaction and socialization. Offered by pups, the behavior is in stride with natural development and often accepted and tolerated by others. Face licking relentlessly might be tolerated by some, but is considered rude and discouraged by others. If the face licker is completely moving the recipient around a space — almost like herding the dog with his or her tongue, the behavior is likely over the top. Do not correct him or physically pull him away (this will only fuel the issue), but call him off and tell him politely to go do something else (chase a ball, sniff grass).
Obsessive ear licking dogs have been known not only to lick the ears, but nibble on them as well. Most dogs become pretty excited over going on a little adventure and forget about everything else. Thank goodness Angel is not into ear licking — she is satisfied with hugs and kisses. He does not however excessively lick to the point of annoyance nor does he lick my feet or any furniture. She sleeps on my bed beside me and sometimes, if I leave an arm or a hand outside the blankets, she’ll sleepily lick it for a few minutes before going to bed.


Sometimes if im sitting on the couch or bed, he will walk up to me, lick me once or twice and walk away. He also attacks my face when I am sleeping in the middle of the night but I love my baby so much I don’t mind none of it at all. As a pup matures from puppyhood to adolescence, however, dogs begin to teach the youthful dog more appropriate, calm, and less in-your-face behavior. On the flip side, offered incessantly by an eleven-month-old adolescent or adult, and things can get a bit tense. She left the mouths of her canine friends spotless and would’ve licked my freckles straight off had I allowed it. The interesting thing, when corrected for her attempts to lick their lips right off, she fought back.
If this behavior is one that you would prefer your pet to practice a little less often, there are ways to discourage it. If your dog is nervous or anxious, or fears that he has made you angry, he may try to lick around your face as a way to make up with you. Around the redness my female Carin terrior would lick and would try to nibble off the scabs.. If your dog is licking excessively all the time and doesn’t want to stop they may have some anxiety and looking for a way to relieve it somehow. He loves it when people lie down because then he lies down on your chest to he can give you lots of cuddles. If your dog is very socially bold he may become very pushy about this behavior and try to lick your face whenever he feels like it. If however the licking behavior is not calm, but overly excited and landing your dog into trouble with friends and other family members, probably best not to encourage it. Once you know why your dog is licking you, then you can work on what to do about the behavior.
It’s the cutest when she licks the eyes of our little Chihuahua, Papita, because she treats her like a little puppy.




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