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Now when your dog tries to lick your face, you might have a better idea of what he's trying to communicate. At PEDIGREE® Brand, everything we do is for the love of dogs, from the dog food we make to the dog adoption drive we support. Then sign up for our free newsletter and never miss another week of Thanking Dogs for all that they do. A dog will lick human faces as a way of displaying its status, feelings and to find out about the human whom the dog is licking. Dogs can process complex information about scents because of the millions of scent receptor cells contained in its nose and just at the beginning of roof of its mouth. When your dog licks your face, it is able to gather the information and draw it into its mouth where there is a vomeronasal organ which processes scents. There are too many reasons behind face licking, the first reason is that licking the owner’s face is a behavior that means the bond is so strong between you and your dog, he loves you. As they get older, puppies 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.

Dogs may lick someone’s face for a lot of different reasons depending on the individual dog.
The dog doing the licking usually lowers its body to make itself smaller, and looks up, adding to the effect of subordinate behavior. In an affectionate situation, a dog that feels accepted may indicate both affection and submission as it licks the face of the humans with which it lives.
The most important reason of all is that dogs are enjoying your company, your dog loves being around you, licking your face is a way of showing love, so don’t stop your dog or push him away. Charles Raison who said that the dog’s saliva or simply the dogs’ kisses to their owners can act as a probiotic that effects the humans’ immune health. This licking is usually directed at their own grooming but it can also include things such as woodwork or furniture. From about six weeks of age, some pups lick their mom's face and lips when they want her to regurgitate food for them. The dog receiving the face licks shows its dominance by standing tall to accept the gesture, but doesn't return the favor. In the wild, a dog or wolf will lick the face of a dominant dog as a way of begging for food.

Together, the apocrine and the eccrine glands can release complex information about the human that the dog is licking. Licking encourages their circulation, it rouses them, removes the membrane covering them when they’re first born, and stimulates them to nurse. 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.
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. Once you know why your dog is licking you, then you can work on what to do about the behavior.

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